2016 Notice of Race




XLVIII Regata del Sol al Sol - April 21 to April 29, 2016

Preliminary Notice of Race Revised 2-15-2016


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 2016-2017 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 21, 2016. 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 midnight, Monday, April 18, 2016 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

$1050 for entries postmarked, filed online, and paid by December 31, 2015.
$1250 for entries postmarked, filed online, and paid between January 1 and February 29, 2016
$1350 for entries postmarked, filed online, and paid after March 1, 2016 up to April 4, 2016
The Final Entry and Payment Deadline is Monday, April 4, 2016

6.2 Entry fees include $350.00 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 2016 WFPHRF Certificate and a check made payable to “SPYC/Regata del Sol al Sol 2016” should be sent to the Event Chair Elizabeth Pennington, 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 4, 2016.

6.6 Extra Island Event armbands maybe purchased for $95.00 per person.

6.7 Boats that have entered and withdraw, in writing prior to 2300 April 04, 2016, will receive a refund of their entry fee less a $100.00 processing fee. Boats withdrawing after 2300 April 04, 2016 and before 2300 April 18, 2016 will receive a refund less a $400 processing fee. After April 2300 April 18, 2016 No refunds will be given.


7.1 At SPYC: All reservations for dockage before the event must be made with the SPYC Dockmaster (727- 822-on Isla Mujeres3227) 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 authorities. Dockage is limited on Isla Mujeres and the authorities in Mexico will have the final say as to dock assignments.


April 21, 2016 1000-1700 - Registration and Documentation-SPYC – Seminars from 10AM- 4 PM

April 21, 2016 1800-1830 - Skippers' Meeting-SPYC - Each boat shall be represented by the skipper and navigator

April 22, 2016 1000 - First Warning for Start of Race -Tampa Bay

April 29, 2016 1130 - Regata Amigos - Isla Mujeres

April 29, 2016 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. It is strongly recommended that at least one person has completed the USSA Course “Safety At Sea Seminar.”
There will be a course offered at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club on April 16-17, 2016.


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 each skipper. The Regatta organizer will provide an agreement form for the transponders, where by the skipper agrees to be responsible for the replacement 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.
13.3General 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, except that no score will be excluded. This Changes Appendix A2. 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: License 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: License Jose de Jesus Lima Trophy
Sportsmanship Trophy: Enrique Lima Commodore’s Trophy
Best Finish of a Mexican Skippered Vessel: 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 Yacht Club 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:

Competitor has read RRS4, Decision to Race, and acknowledges the risks to life, limb and property inherent in competitive sailing and assumes those risks. Competitor for himself/herself and his/her crew, their heirs, personal representatives and assigns, hereby releases, waives, discharges and covenants not to sue the St Petersburg Yacht Club, The Club d Yates Isla Mujeres, its officers, members, sponsors, employees, volunteers, race officials and agents, and each of them (the “Releasees”), for all loss or damage, and any claim of damage therefor, on account of injury to the person or property or resulting death, whether caused by the negligence of Releasees or otherwise, both ashore or at sea, as a consequence of participation in Regatta activities.

17. Additional information:

17.1 To obtain general information about the St. Petersburg Yacht Club  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.

General Information::

1. SPYC requests that everyone who does not have reciprocity get a Guest Card using a Visa or MasterCard credit card. This can be done online (www.spyc.org). On the Home page click on the menu item “Sailing”. Scroll down and click on “SPYC Guest Card”. Fill out the information and click “Submit”.

2. The Club requests you and your crew members to submit this form 48 hours in advance of April 21, 2016.

3. Everyone may pick up their cards at the Front Desk upon arrival.

4. For Hotel-Motel Accommodations near SPYC go to the SPYC website at www.spyc.org .
Click on Sailing then Regattas and Scroll to Bottom, and then click on Accommodations for the area where you wish to stay.


Preliminary Regatta Event Information
These Events, Dates, and Times are subject to change
Final Schedule will be sent with Skippers Packets and posted on the website



SPYC Events-Included in Entry Fee

Kick-Off Party

Friday, February 26, 2016

 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 21, 2016

10 AM to 5 PM Approximate times Complimentary to all participants

Bon Voyage Dinner Party

Thursday, April 21, 2016

6:30 PM after Skippers' Meeting – Dinner tickets will given out for each armband presented and extra tickets can be purchased for $35.00 

Start of Race Friday, April 22, 2016



 Island Events Included with Armbands

Arrival of wives, officials, race chasers, Committee, vessels &, Family members.

Saturday April 23, 2016

Various Times

Welcome sailboats to the Isla Mujeres Yacht Club dock (Lima dock)

Sunday April 24 to April 27, 2016

Various Times

Open days visit local reefs Mayan Ruins. More information in your Race Packets

Monday April 25 & 26

“Tulum” or “Chichen-itza”

Make tour reservations at docks.

Golf Cart Poker Run  Registration

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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 27, 2016

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
Events below dates and times are subject to change. Check with Race Headquarters Daily for information
 Crew Party Buhos Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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

Annual Basketball Game

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

7:00 PM-All who wish to attend

Bally Hoo’s Rum & Coke Party

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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

Poker Run Finish

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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

Mayor’s Reception

Thursday, April 28, 2016


7:00 PM-All Participants and Guests Welcome


Amigos Race

Friday, April 29, 2016

10:00 a.m. Regata Amigos Skipper ́s meeting (Race Headquarters).
10:30-11:00 a.m. Children, 8 to 12 years old, will get on sailboats at Lima dock.
11:30 a.m. All vessels depart Lima dock for starting area
12:00 p.m. Start of the 47 Regata Amigos

Awards Reception

Friday, April 29, 2016

07:00 p.m. Farewell cocktails for sailors and special guests. Cabañas María del Mar Buhos Pavilion)

08:00 p.m. Solemn trophy presentation to the winner of Regatta del Sol al Sol and Regatta Amigos 2016

(Awards Dinner Cabañas María del Mar Buhos Pavilion)



Happy Hours might be evening or afternoon - The schedule of Happy Hours will be posted on the morning of each event by 11am Mexico time at Race Head Quarters.  Armbands allow entrance to and enjoyment of each locations special Happy Hours.





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