2014 Notice of Race




XLV Regata del Sol al Sol - April 25, 2014

Preliminary Notice of Race Revised March 27,2014 
See revisions in red



The St. Petersburg Yacht Club, jointly with the Club de Yates de Isla Mujeres, is the Organizing Authority.


2.1 The event will be governed by the Current edition of The Racing Rules of Sailing, including the US Sailing Prescriptions for Monohulls (or Multihulls), and the 2014-2015 ISAF Offshore Special Regulations Category 2, amended to read that each boat shall have sufficient fuel on board, at the start, for running 150 miles. (Except as any of these are changed by this NOR and the Sailing Instructions).
2.2 Between the hours of local sunset and local sunrise, Part 2 of the Racing Rules of Sailing will be replaced by Part B, the Steering and Sailing Rules, of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), otherwise known as The Navigation Rules.
2.3 The organizing committee may perform random inspections for compliance of the equipment.


Boats may be requested to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organizing authority. Advertising shall be restricted to ISAF Advertising Code 20.2.2, 20.2.3.


4.1 The race is open to boats at least 30 feet in length, with a current West Florida PHRF (WFPHRF) Rating. The skipper shall be a current member of a yacht club or sailing organization, and the boat shall have a crew of at least four persons. The skipper and navigator shall be Group 1 competitors as defined in ISAF 22.2.1.
4.2 The skipper is the person in charge of the boat and crew while the boat is racing. Unless otherwise designated on the entry form, the owner will be considered the skipper.
4.3 The skipper shall complete and return documentation forms for his boat and crew prior to the skippers’ meeting on April 25, 2014. The required forms will be sent to each registered skipper.
4.4 Passports are required for all participants.
4.5 A valid e-mail address is required for entry.
4.6 Entries will be limited to 50 boats.


5.1 There will be five classes of boats:
5.2 Classes may be divided into two or more divisions. If a class does not have enough entrants, these boats will be placed in the appropriate WFPHRF Class/Division by the organizing authority.
5.3 Cruising spinnakers are permitted for the Cruising Class.
5.4 All Cruiser entrants shall declare their intent to use a cruising-spinnaker by April 20, 2014 by e-mailing the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


6.1 Entry fees schedule is as follows

$ 900 for entries postmarked, filed online, and paid by January 31, 2014.
$1100 for entries postmarked, filed online, and paid between Feb 1 and March 1, 2014
$1300 for entries postmarked, filed online, and paid after March 2, 2014 up to April 6, 2014.
The Final Entry Deadline is April 6, 2014 

6.2 Entry fees include $275.00 Mexican government fees and customs charges (subject to change), a transponder rental fee, six regatta shirts and six regatta event armbands. (For regatta event information see the last page of this NOR.)

6.3 An additional $35(subject to change) Immigration Tourist Visa Fee per crew member must be paid for each person entering Mexico by boat. More information will follow.

6.4 Eligible boats may enter in advance by completing the Entry Form. See www.regatadelsolalsol.org The Entry Form, a current copy of a valid 2014 WFPHRF Certificate and a check made payable to “SPYC/Regata del Sol al Sol” should be sent to the Treasurer, SPYC/Regata del Sol al Sol by regular mail at 11 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Fl, 33701, or if boats elect to enter electronically using a credit card, a copy of the WFPHRF Certificate must be e-mailed to the event chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
6.5 Entries will not be accepted after April 6, 2014.
6.6 Extra Island Event armbands maybe purchased for $85.00 per person


7.1 At SPYC: All reservations for dockage before the event must be made with the SPYC Dockmaster (727- 822- 3227) or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Reservation information will follow.
7.2 At Isla Mujeres: All reservations for dockage must be requested on the entry form and will be handled by the organizing authority. Dockage is limited and will be assigned in order of entry form receipt.

Preliminary sailing Instructions when available will be posted on the website at www.regatadelsolalsol.org Final sailing instructions will be available at registration.


April 24, 2014 1000-1700 - Registration and Documentation-SPYC – Seminars from 10AM- 4 PM

April 24, 2014 1800-1830 - Skippers' Meeting-SPYC - Each boat shall be represented by the skipper and navigator

April 25, 2014 1000 - First Warning for Start of Race -Tampa Bay

May 2, 2014 1130 - Regata Amigos - Isla Mujeres

May 2, 2014 1900 - Awards Dinner- Isla Mujeres (time subject to change)


Preliminary sailing Instructions when available will be posted on the website at www.regatadelsolalsol.org Final sailing instructions will be available at registration.


10.1 * From the starting line in the vicinity of the St. Petersburg Pier, southerly to the "C" Cut Lower Range tower (Iso R 6s 56ft PA- (N 27° 39.81' W 82° 37.18') leaving it to starboard;

* southwesterly through the three center span piers and associated fenders of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge;

* out Southwest Pass, leaving flashing buoy "1" (FL 2.5 sec) bell to port;

* to the finish line off Isla Mujeres, maintaining a distance of at least 15 miles off the coast of Cuba at all times.

10.2 The course will not be shortened after the start and the finishing line will not be moved.

This changes RRS 32.1. The location of the finish line will be within 1⁄2 mile of this position: N 21' 16.707" N -- W 86' 45.329".

10.3 Mexican authorities require all boats, which are planning to enter Mexico, to cross the finish line in order to record the time of their entry into the country, even if they have withdrawn from the race.

10.4 The rated distance for this race will be 456 miles. This distance is not subject to protests or requests for redress. This changes RRS 62.1.


The Scoring Penalty, RRS 44.3 will apply. The penalty will be the number of places nearest to 20% of the number of boats entered in a class, or in a division if the class has been divided.


The safety of a boat and its crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the Skipper, who must insure that the boat is fully sound, thoroughly seaworthy and manned by experienced crew who are physically fit. The Skipper of the boat must be satisfied as to the soundness of the hull, spars, rigging, sails and all gear, and must ensure all equipment is properly maintained and stowed, and that all aboard know where it is kept and how it is used.


13.1 All boats shall carry transponders. The rental fee for the transponders is included in the entry fee. Information about the transponders will be sent to the each skipper.
The Regatta organizer will provide an agreement form for the transponders, where by the skipper agrees to be responsible for the payment of the cost of the transponder should they lose, damage, or not return the transponder in the manner described in the agreement. This agreement will state skipper name, vessel name, final date of return, and current credit card information.
13.2 From the time of their preparatory signal until they have finished or withdrawn from the race, competitors may not receive weather, current, or navigational information except from a publicized source available to all competitors free of charge. This restriction also applies to boat-to-boat transmissions for routing purposes.
13.3 Subscription, password protected or restricted access web pages are considered private information and may not be used for the transmission or reception of specialized weather and Gulf of Mexico current information. General use of the Internet and publicly available web sites to obtain weather and Gulf of Mexico current information including National Weather Service data is permitted. Weather routing data developed specifically for the race may not be received while racing.
13.4 Protests alleging infringement of Notice of Race Part 13 shall only be initiated by the race committee. This changes RRS 60.1.

14. Scoring:

Low Point Scoring System, RRS Appendix A, will apply. Corrected times will be based on the boat's WFPHRF rating and using a course distance of 456 nautical miles.

15. Perpetual Trophies:

Overall Winner: Casco Miguel Aleman Trophy (All Classes)
First to Finish: Secretaria de Marina Trophy
1st Spinnaker Class: Consejo de Clubs de Florida Trophy
2nd Spinnaker Class: Club De Yates de St. Petersburgo Trophy
3rd Spinnaker Class: Ciudad de San Petersburgo Trophy
1st Non-Spinnaker Class: Gobierno de Quintana Roo Trophy
2nd Non-Spinnaker Class: Club de Yates de Isla Mujeres Trophy
3rd Non-Spinnaker Class: Gobernador de Yucatan Trophy
1st Cruising Class: Secretaria de Turismo Trophy
2nd Cruising Class: Mapa Mundi Con Zodiaco Trophy
3rd Cruising Class: Ross Trophy
1st Multihull Class Lic. Pedro Joaquin Coldwell Trophy
1st Racer/Cruiser Class: Trofeo de Arte Mayan
Most Participation: Lita Trophy
Best Finish-First Time Entry the Christopher Nelson Trophy-(Not winning any other perpetual trophy)
1st Regata Amigos: Bruce Watters Nuestro Amigo Trophy
2nd Regata Amigos: Don Fernando Ponce G. Canton Trophy
Friendship Trophy: Lic. Jose de Jesus Lima Trophy
Sportsmanship Trophy: Enrique Lima Commodore’s Trophy
Best Finish of a Mexican Skippered Vesse: Commodore Esteban Lima Zuno Trophy

Prizes will also be awarded as deemed necessary by the organizing authorities.

Perpetual Trophies are the property of the St. Petersburg and Isla Mujeres Yacht Club. After the awards presentation has been completed all trophies must be returned to the trophy table.

16. Disclaimer of Liability:

Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. Neither the organizing authorities nor the host organization will accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with, or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

17. Additional information:

17.1 To obtain general information about the St. Petersburg Yacht Club contact: Sailing Secretary, Phyllis Eades Tel: 727-822-3873 Fax: 727-895-4779. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To obtain specific information regarding the regatta contact Elizabeth (Beth) Pennington Chairman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

17.2 SPYC requests everyone to get a Guest Card at the Front Desk using a Visa or MasterCard credit card. You will be a guest of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and be able to charge on the guest card during the regatta. Cash cards will also be available.

17.3 For Hotel-Motel Accommodations near SPYC go the SPYC website at www.spyc.org Click on Regattas, then Local Attractions and Accommodations on the left hand side of this page and when the window opens, click on Accommodations.




SPYC Events-Included in Entry Fee

Kick-Off Party

Friday, February 07, 2014
(Date subject to change)

 6:30 PM-If full entry has been paid; Skipper & 1 Guest Sponsor & 1 Guest complimentary All others-$25.00 each Further information to follow

Seminars on Registration Day Thursday, April 24, 2014

10 AM to 4 PM Approximate times Complimentary to all participants

Bon Voyage Dinner Party

Thursday, April 25, 2014

6:30 PM after Skippers' Meeting – Dinner tickets will given out for each armband presented and extra tickets can be purchased for $25.00 


 Island Events Included with Armbands

Golf Cart Poker Run  Registration

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

10:00 AM Register & begin the Poker Run Armbands required-All Colors

Cocktail party offered on the Rock House
(Casa de las Rocas)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

1:00 PM-Purple Armbands only Cocktail party (Casa de las Rocas) The Isla Mujeres Yacht Club sponsors this event to honour Skippers, navigators and Dignitaries
 Crew Party Buhos Wednesday, April 30, 2014

1:00 PM- All Crew and other guests with Green or Orange Armbands

Mayor’s Reception

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

7:00 PM-All Participants and Guests Welcome

Bally Hoo’s Rum & Coke Party

Thursday, May 1, 2014

12:30 PM - Buhos Restaurant on the Lima Docks - Armbands ALL Colors

Poker Run Finish

Thursday, May 1, 2014

3:30-5:00 Cabanas Poolside Poker Run cards for Margueritas
4:30 Deadline for cards to be turned in
5:00 Prizes given out

Annual Basketball Game

Thursday, May 1, 2014

7:00 PM-All who wish to attend

Amigos Race

Friday, May 2 2014

All Regata del Sol al Sol vessels and invited guest vessels are eligible
10:00 - Skippers' Meeting
10:30-11:00 - Children Board Vessel
1130 - Approximate Start

Awards Reception

Friday, May 2, 2014

7:00 PM Buhos Pavilion


Happy Hours

One each evening and posted each morning at race headquarters Monday thru Thursday-
Armband allows entrance & enjoyment of each locations special Happy Hours






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