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Notice of Race



10 – 14 November 2013

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1.0 Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha in association with The Ministry of Sports Affairs and Ministry of Tourism are pleased to announce the 2013 Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Muscat to Khasab Race which will take place over the period –10-14 November 2013.  The Organising Authority will be The Ministry of Sports Affairs, Oman Sailing Committee. Regatta Headquarters will be at The Marina Office, Marina Al-Rowdha, until the start of the race after which it will relocate to Khasab. The race is officially recognised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club


2.1       The Regatta will be governed by the current Racing Rules of Sailing as may be amended by class rules or in the Sailing Instructions

2.2       The following prescriptions will also apply.

  • The IRC Rules Parts A, B and C will apply to IRC classes.
  • IRC Designated One Design Boats shall comply with Class Rules.  For all other boats Class Rules do not apply.
  • The ISAF Offshore Special Regulations (OSR, Category 3 with Life Raft).

2.3       If there is a conflict between languages the English text will prevail.

2.4       This Notice of Race may be changed by a published amendment and by the Sailing Instructions, and in case of conflict, RRS 63.7 will apply.

2.5       Except when otherwise stated in Sailing Instructions, the rules of RRS Part 2 shall not apply between the times of local sunset and sunrise and shall  be replaced with the right-of-way rules of IRPCAS (International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea).

2.6       Boats shall keep clear of all International Marine Exclusion Zones or other Restricted Areas. A penalty for an infringement of this rule will be at the discretion of the Protest Committee and may include disqualification (Amends RRS 64.1(a)).

2.7       Boats shall at all times keep clear of Iranian territorial waters and a minimum of 15 nautical miles offshore of Iranian Territories.

2.8       Use of engines

2.8.1   Competitors are reminded of RRS 42.1 ‘a boat shall compete by using only the wind and water to increase, maintain, or decrease her speed’.

2.8.2   When a boat uses its engine to avoid collision or in a grave emergency, the facts (including exact time of engine start and finish, and exact distance and track covered whilst under power) shall be reported to the race committee at the finish.  The Race Committee will apply a penalty of 10% (minimum 1 place) except when the boat at a hearing shows that the circumstances which led to her use of the engine were entirely outside her control (when the penalty may be waived).  However, the protest committee after a hearing will disqualify the boat when it judges significant advantage was gained.

2.8.3   Notwithstanding the above, a boat’s elapsed time will be counted from the starting signal until she finishes. 

Use of lifejackets

All crew are to be made aware of their responsibility in rules observance and in particular RRS1.2 (wearing personal flotation devices adequate for the conditions)

It is strongly recommended that lifejackets shall be worn when on deck:
a.  Between the hours of sunset and sunrise
b.  When alone on deck
c.  When reefed
d.  When the true wind speed is 25 kts or above
e.  when the visibility is less than 1 nautical mile


3.1       The Muscat Khasab Race is designated Category C in accordance with ISAF Regulation 20. In addition to IRC Rule 16.1, the following additional requirements will apply:

3.1.1   Boats intending to carry advertising should indicate this on their entry form along with the names of companies and/or products to be advertised. The Race Committee reserves the right to reject the entry, at any time, of a boat that, in the Race Committee’s opinion, is carrying advertising for a company or product in conflict with the laws of Oman, or is deemed inappropriate to the event. As a guide, sponsorship of alcoholic products is illegal and only under exceptional cases would sponsorship of tobacco products be accepted. Any sponsorship deemed contrary to Islamic principles would not be allowed. This changes RRS 76.1.

3.1.2   Competitors and crew members on the competing boats shall also grant, at no cost, Sponsors and affiliated companies, the absolute right and permission to use their name, image, likeness, biographical material as well as representations of the boats in their magazine and promotional tools. Competitors and crew members’ name, voice, image, likeness and biographical material shall not be used by Sponsors and affiliated companies in a way which constitutes an endorsement of Sponsors products by said Competitors and crew members, unless the relevant competitor or crew member is engaged by The Sponsors or affiliated companies to endorse the sponsors products or gives his/her prior written consent to such use.

3.2       Each boat shall carry an individually identifiable sail number.  However RRS 77, Appendix G of the RRS, Para 14.1 of the IRC Rules will not apply.



4.1       Boats entered in the following classes are eligible.

  • IRC Class.  Boats holding valid 2013 IRC certificates
  • Rally Class.  Boats not holding current 2013 IRC certificates but ruled as suitable for entry by the Race Committee. Such boats will be issued with a local Rally Class handicap

4.2       In accordance with OSR 3.04.3 the Organising Authority uses minimum stability/buoyancy indices. The STIX minimum is 23 and the SSS minimum is 15. 

4.3       Class splits will be decided after entries close

4.4       Boats shall be registered in accordance with Royal Oman Police Coastguard regulations.

4.5       The Organising Authority retains the right to refuse any entry.

4.6       All eligible boats may enter by completing the attached Entry Form and returning it to the address below with the following;

  • A copy of the valid IRC Rating Certificate
  • Colour photograph of the boat under sail

4.7       Entry fees are as follows:-

The entry fee is OMR 100 per boat

4.8       Entries close at 2359 on Friday 8 November 2013.

4.9       Late entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Organising Authority.

4.10    Payment may be made by cash, bank transfer or cheque.  The details for the bank transfer are as follow;
Name of Bank – Oman Arab Bank. Muscat Branch
Account Name - Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha (SAOC)
Account Number – 3102-039260-507
Swift ID – OMABOMRUxxx

4.11    Cheques should be made payable to Marina Bandar Al-Rhowdha.

Address for completed entry forms and cheques

Marina Bandar Al-Rhowdha,
PO Box 940,
Postal Code 100
Sultanate of Oman 
Fax: +968 247 37285


5.1       Departure from Sultanate of Oman. Immigration and check out procedures will be advised.


Friday/Saturday 8/9 November                          
Scrutineering for boats which did not compete in the 2013 Dubai Muscat Race

Sunday 10 November
Start Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Muscat to Khasab Race
Skipper’s Briefing 0930
First warning signal 1150                          

Thursday 14 November
1000 Time limit - 1330 Prize giving lunch Khasab

6.1       Registration will take place at Regatta Headquarters at the Marina Office, Marina Bandar al-Rhowdha

6.2       Skipper’s briefing’s, which are compulsory for all competitors, will be held in the restaurant at  Marina Bandar al-Rhowdha


7.1       Each boat shall produce a valid IRC certificate

7.2       Skippers are required to declare that their boat complies fully with the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations 2013 for Category 3 races with life-raft by completing and signing a checklist provided by the Organising Authority.

7.3       Boats may also be subject to inspections before and after the race. It is mandatory that the skipper or an authorised representative be present at the time of the inspection.

7.4       Boats may also be inspected for conformity with their rating certificates


8.1       The Sailing Instructions will be available on the Regatta website www. in late October, and hard copies will be available at Registration and Skipper’s Briefings


9.1       The course for the Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup will start  from a line laid off Marina Banda Al-Rowdha to a finish line laid off the Golden Tulip Resort Khasab, distance approximately 230 nms. Details will be described in the Sailing Instructions. 

9.2       The Race Committee may use existing navigation marks in addition to laid racing marks.


10.1    Boats shall be scored under corrected time by TCC.


11.1    Competitors’ attention is particularly drawn to the following;

The safety of a yacht and her crew shall be the sole and inescapable responsibility of the Person in Charge who must do his best to ensure that the boat is fully found, thoroughly seaworthy and manned by an experienced crew who have undergone appropriate training and are physically fit to face bad weather.  He must be satisfied as to the soundness of hull, spares, rigging, sails, and all gear.  He must ensure that all safety equipment is properly maintained and stowed and that crew know where it is kept and how it is to be used.  He shall also nominate a person to take over the responsibility of the Person in Charge in the event of his incapacitation (OSR 1.02.1)

11.2    The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or continue racing is hers alone (RRS Fundamental Rule 4)


12.1    Radio VHF Channel 13 may be used by the race committee for the start sequence and race information.

12.2    Mobile (and satellite) telephones – one operational unit shall be on board when racing. RRS 41 shall be observed. Boats shall adhere to any position and safety reporting schedule set out in the Sailing Instructions.

12.3    Media – there is no restriction on broadcasting from a boat to the media during racing provided that RRS 41 is always observed.

12.4    On Board Cameras – The organizing authority reserves the right to place a camera on board each boat for media purposes.

12.5    Tracking – The organizing authority reserves the right to place a stand alone offshore tracking unit aboard each boat.


13.1    Prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the Organising Authority and will be subject to final entry numbers and division of classes.


14.1    Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk.  See rule 4, Decision to Race and 11.1 above.  The Organizing Authority and their agents, and the sponsors and their agents have no responsibility or liability for loss of life or injury to crew members or others, or for the loss of or damage to, any vessel or property sustained prior to, during, or after taking part in the race.

14.2    The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or continue racing is hers alone (RRS Fundamental Rule 4).

15.       INSURANCE

15.1    The owner or charterer of a participating boat shall hold adequate marine legal liability insurance policy with respect to the boat, current when racing, and will ensure that all crewmembers are aware of the importance of effecting appropriate personal insurance.


Please contact:
Bob Looker
Marina Bandar Al-Rhowdha,
PO Box 940,
Postal Code 100
Sultanate of Oman

Bob Looker +968 993 39590




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