Vasco da Gama International Ocean Race Maputo to Durban

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Organised by the Point Yacht Club and Clube Naval, under the auspices of South African Sailing (SAS)

  1. THE RACEThe Vasco da Gama International Ocean Race is a race from Maputo, Mozambique to Durban, South Africa, and starts on Thursday 20 May 2021. The race is organised by the Point Yacht Club and Clube Naval, under the auspices of South AfricanSailing(SAS).

2.1. The race will comprise the following fleets:

  1. 2.1.1.  IRC Racing fleet for Monohull boats with valid 2020 ORC certificates.
  2. 2.1.2.  Monohull fleet for Monohulls which do not have a valid ORC certificate.
  3. 2.1.3.  Multihullfleet.
  4. 2.1.4.  Rally Class fleet for both Monohull and Multihull boats. Boats entering the Rally Class shall only be eligiblefor the prizes specifically allocated to the Rally Class fleet and shall not be eligible for any Line Honours


  1. 2.2.  Monohull boats shall have an overall length (LOA) of not less than 9.0 metres.
  2. 2.3.  Multihull boats shall have an overall length (LOA) of not less than 9.0 metres.
  3. 2.4.  All boats shall have a valid Category A registration with SAS.
  4. 2.5.  Should there be sufficient entries in any fleet; the Race Committee may divide that fleet into two or moreclasses, at its sole discretion.

2.5.1. In accordance with the World Sailing Regulation 19 (Eligibility Code), all competitors (Helmspersons

and all other crew) shall be members in good standing of a Yacht Club affiliated to and in good standing with SA Sailing or their Member National Authority in the case of non-South Africans. The Yacht Club name and membership details shall be stated on the entry form or crew list. Current valid South African Sailing Membership Cards or similar proof of MNA Membership in cases of non-South Africans shall be presented at Registration.


  1. 3.1.  The race will start in Maputo, Mozambique and finish in Durban, South Africa. The race distance is approximately 300 nautical miles.
  2. 3.2.  The race will start on Thursday 20 May 2021, with the warning signal for the first fleet to start scheduled for 09h55 SAST.
  3. 3.3.  Details of the start and finish lines, plus starting and finishing instructions, will be published in the Sailing Instructions.


  1. 4.1.  The race for all fleets will end at 10h00 SAST on Sunday 23 May 2021.
  2. 4.2.  The Race Committee reserves the right to extend the time limit at its discretion.


5.1. The race will be governed by –

  1. 5.1.1.  The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs) as applicable in terms of thisNotice and the Sailing Instructions,
  2. 5.1.2.  The rules as defined in World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) (2021 – 2024), subject to changes madeintermsofthis Notice&theSailingInstructions,
  3. 5.1.3.  The ORC 2021 Rules Parts A, B & C or the DRS Handicapping System, as applicable to competing boats.
  4. 5.1.4.  The Safety Equipment and Self Scrutineering Check List contained in Schedule 1 to this Notice of Race.
  5. 5.1.5.  The SA Sailing KZN Rules governing the Award of Regional Colours and Medals.
  6. 5.1.6.  TheSouthAfricanNationalSmallVesselSafetyRegulations.
  7. 5.1.7.  This Notice of Race.
  8. 5.1.8.  The Sailing Instructions.
  9. 5.1.9.  The SAMSA Category “A” Safety Requirements.
  10. 5.1.10.  The legally binding Declaration made by the skipper on signing this events Entry Form and ScrutineeringSafety Equipment Check List.
  1. 5.2.  Part 2 of the RRS relating to ‘when boats meet’ shall apply for two hours after the start of the first fleet tostart, after which the right-of-way will be determined by the International Regulations for Preventing

    Collisions at Sea (COLREGs).

  2. 5.3.  All competing South African registered boats are required to comply with all local legal requirements withregard to ‘going foreign’.


  1. 6.1.  RRS 41: The services of private weather routing experts are not permitted.
  2. 6.2.  RRS 42.1: Boats entered in the Rally Class Fleet shall be permitted to motor for a maximum of 6 hours inevery 24 hours. Motoring time shall be logged and declared in the Race Declaration.
  3. 6.3.  RRS 51: A boat with movable ballast shall not use movable ballast to trim the boat fore and aft.
  4. 6.4.  RRS 64.1: Scoring and/or Time Penalties may be applied at the discretion of the Protest Committee.
  5. 6.5.  RRS 61.3: No protests may be filed after 10h00 SAST on Sunday 23 May 2021.
  6. 6.6.  RRS 76.1 Failure to carry and operate a tracking device or to carry and operate a camera when required maylead to a Scoring and/or Time Penalties applied at the discretion of the Protest Committee.


  1. 7.1.  RRS 44.1 – a Two-Turn’s penalty will apply for breaking a rule of RRS, Part 2, from the time of the preparatory signal for the first class to start, until 2 hours after the time of the start of the first class to start.
  2. 7.2.  RRS 44.3 – a Scoring Penalty will apply for breaking the COLREGS, which shall apply from 2 hours after the time of the start of the first class to start until such time as the last boat has finished.
  3. 7.3.  The scoring penalties will be applied in accordance with the Sailing Instructions.


  1. 8.1.  Boats will be required to communicate their position, and other information, every morning and evening each day of the race, at times as specified in the sailing instructions, until they have finished. This may be via Mobile phone, Sat phone, VHF, HF or e mail or by relay via another boat.
  2. 8.2.  A boat who communicates “by relay via another boat” shall declare each and every occurrence thereof and the reasons therefore, in writing, to the Race Committee within the time limit for lodging Protests, as set out in the Sailing Instructions.


9.1. Boats shall have ratings and/or handicap certificates as follows:

  1. 9.1.1.  Boats racing in the ORC Racing fleet shall have a current, valid, endorsed and signed ORC certificate. ValidORC certificates must be lodged with the Race Secretary no later than 16h00 SAST on 13 May 2021. The

    Race Committee reserves the right to extend the time limit in exceptional circumstances.

  2. 9.1.2.  Boats racing in the Monohull and Multihull fleets will be allocated a handicap by the handicap committee.



This handicap will be based on the DRS Handicapping System where a TCF is issued.

9.1.3. Boats racing in the Rally Class Fleet will be allocated a handicap by the handicap committee. This handicap will be based on the DRS Handicapping System where a TCF is issued.

  1. 9.2.  On showing good cause and with the prior written approval of the Race Committee, changes may be made toaboat’srating certificateupto24hourspriortothescheduledstartoftherace.
  2. 9.3.  A list of ratings for each fleet will be published on the Official Notice Boards 24 hours prior to the scheduled start of the race.
  3. 9.4.  Any protest relating to a boat’s rating shall be submitted to the Race Secretary, in writing, within six hours of the rating’s being posted, for consideration by the Race Committee whose decision shall be final.
  4. 9.5.  The placing of each boat in its particular fleet shall be determined by the corrected time taken by that boat to complete the course, calculated as follows:
  1. 9.5.1.  In respect of boats in the ORC Fleet, the corrected time will be the elapsed time, plus any penalty time, multiplied by the relevant boat’s ORC TCF. The boat with the lowest corrected time (after application of scoring penalties, if any) will be scored first.
  2. 9.5.2.  In respect of the Monohull and Multihull fleets, the corrected time will be the elapsed time, plus any penalty time, multiplied by the relevant boats TCF. The boat with the lowest corrected time (after application of scoring penalties, if any) will be scored first.


  1. 10.1.  ORC boats must have a current, valid, endorsed and signed 2020 ORC Certificate.
  2. 10.2.  ORC boats must comply with the ORC 2020 Rule, save to the extent they are specifically amended orexcluded in this Notice of Race or the Sailing Instructions.
  3. 10.3.  A boat may be inspected prior to the start of the race, and at the finish, to ensure compliance with its currentORC Certificate.


  1. 11.1.  Each boat shall be crewed by at least 4 persons, including the skipper.
  2. 11.2.  The skipper must satisfy the Race Committee by the registration date that at least 1 person on board has aSASCoastal Skippercertificateofcompetenceorhigher.
  3. 11.3.  All boats will be scrutineered by the Race Committee to ensure compliance with the safety requirements.The skipper is obliged to ensure that he/she and at least one other member of the crew is present at the


  4. 11.4.  Any yacht reported or/and found to not be compliant with any safety requirements as required in this NoticeofRacewillbe protestedbytheRaceCommittee.
  5. 11.5.  If a boat does not comply with these regulations its entry may be rejected or it may be liable todisqualification or such other penalty as may be prescribed by the Race Committee.
  6. 11.6.  Notwithstanding anything herein contained, the safety, management and insurance of a boat and its crew shall at all times remain the sole responsibility of her skipper, who must ensure that the boat is fully sound, thoroughly seaworthy and manned by an experienced crew who have undergone appropriate training and arephysicallyfittoface,andarecapableofhandling theboatinbadweather.Theskippermustbesatisfied as to the soundness of the hull, spars, rigging, sails and all gear. The skipper must ensure that all safety equipment is properly maintained and stowed and that all crew know where it is kept and how it is to be used. It is the sole and exclusive responsibility of each boat to decide whether or not to start or to continuethe Race and all those taking part in the Race do so at their own risk.
  7. 11.7.  The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in the race or to continue racing is hers alone (RRS 3).
  8. 11.8.  The Crew List, on the prescribed form provided together with a copy of each crew member’s valid passport,shall be submit ted to the Race Secretary not less than 48 hours before the start date.
  9. 11.9.  Changes to crew within 48 hours prior to the start may be permitted under exceptional circumstances, inwriting,andwiththe expresspermissionoftheRaceCommittee.


  1. 12.1.  An entry, on the prescribed entry form, must be submitted with the relevant entry fee to the Race Secretary, Vasco da Gama International Ocean Race 2021, Point Yacht Club, Durban, 4000 by not later than 16h00 SASTonThursday15April2021.Late entrieswillbeacceptedupto48hoursbeforethestartsubjecttothe late entry fee being paid.
  2. 12.2.  The standard entry fee shall be R1500.00 per boat (including owner/skipper) and R550.00 per crew member.
  3. 12.3.  The late entry fee shall be R2000.00, payable in addition to the standard entry fee.


  1. 12.4.  Entry Fees may be paid in cash or by bank transfer. A copy of the or electronic transfer advice shall accompany the entry form
  2. 12.5.  Public Relations & Media. In the interests of public relations and the media, it will be helpful to the promotion of the race if each entry is accompanied by a brief biographical note of the owner and/or skipper which may include information on the crew and, if possible, should include photographs of the owner and/or skipper and of the boat. The Organising Committee shall be authorised to use any such information and photographs in connection with any advertising, publication, promotion, sponsorship or the like relating to the race whether in printed or electronic form or howsoever.
  3. 12.6.  Tracking Devices. A boat may be required to carry a tracking device supplied by the Organising Authority.
  4. 12.7.  The Organising Authority also reserves the right to place a camera on board any boat for media purposes,and all participants agree to operate such camera to the best of their ability.


  1. 13.1.  Advertising will be permitted in accordance with the World Sailing Advertising Code, Regulation 20.
  2. 13.2.  The Organising Committee may require boats to display sponsor’s advertising in accordance with WORLDSAILING Regulation 20.
  3. 13.3.  A boat shall display the race sponsor’s bow decals, backstay flags and forestay flags if so supplied by theOrganising Authority.Priortoherwarningsignal,andafterfinishing,aboatshalldisplaytheeventflags.
  4. 13.4.  The name of any boat, whether displaying advertising or not, must be acceptable to the Race Committee. No entry will be accepted from a boat displaying advertising or having a name which conflicts with anyinterests of the race sponsor, or any sub-sponsor of the event.
  5. 13.5.  The owner and skipper of all boats shall ensure that no “ambush marketing” or “hijack signage” is carriedout by or on behalf of themselves or their sponsors with reference to the event and that nothing else is donewhichmightunderminetheevent, therightsoftheeventsponsor,oranyothersponsororparticipant in the event.
  6. 13.6.  The organisers and sponsors shall be entitled to make use of any photograph, film or other form of electronicreproduction oforrelatingtoallboatsparticipatingintheevent,theirownersandcrewandto make use of all interviews, broadcasts and reports by any of them for any purpose relating to or arising from the event or the sponsorship thereof.
  7. 13.7.  The skipper of a boat, if and when requested to do so, shall from time to time provide the organisers with a written or verbal report of the boat’s current position or any other matter of interest, suitable for use on the radio, television and internet.
  8. 13.8.  The entry of a boat breaching any of the provisions of this clause 13 may be rejected and any boat breaching any of these provisions may be subject to disqualification or such penalty to her corrected time as the Race Committee may deem fit.
  9. 13.9.  If in doubt, a boat may enquire of the Organising Committee whether it infringes the provisions of any of the above advertising rules.
  1. REGISTRATIONRegistration shall take place at Clube Naval during the times as set out below, after which registration shall close: Tuesday 18 May 2021 13h00 SAST to 17h00 SAST

    Wednesday 19 May 2021 09h00 SAST to 12h00 SAST

  2. SAILING INSTRUCTIONSSailing Instructions will be issued to all entrants on completion of all registration requirements.
    Additional, Special Sailing Instructions will be issued to boats participating in the Rally Class Fleet which shall detail the activities on which boats shall be judged / scored.
  1. 16.1.  Prize giving for all fleets will take place not before 13h00 SAST on Sunday 23 May 2021 at the Point YachtClub.
  2. 16.2.  Trophies and Prizes to be awarded are published as Schedule 2 to this Notice of Race.


The Official Notice Boards shall be notice boards bearing the name of the Race, and shall be located at Clube Naval, Maputo and the Point Yacht Club, Durban.



  1. 18.1.  The owner and the skipper of each boat entered shall be deemed, on the acceptance of the entry by the Race Committee, on behalf of themselves, their crew, their dependents and their sponsors to have indemnified the Organisers, the host club, the sponsors and all those involved in the running of the event againstallclaimsofanykindarisingfromanyinjurytoperson orpropertyincurredduringorinconnection with the event, or from any other cause arising whatsoever.
  2. 18.2.  Owners and skippers are advised to obtain counter indemnities from each member of the crews.
  3. 18.3.  Specific attention is drawn to RRS Fundamental Rule 3, which states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decisiontoparticipatein araceortocontinueracingishersalone”.


  1. 19.1.  The event, being organised from Durban, is subject to the laws of South Africa and accordingly this Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions will be construed in accordance with such laws. All participants, owners, skippers and crews shall be deemed to have submitted to the jurisdiction of the High Court of South Africa, Durban, which alone shall have jurisdiction in regard to any legal disputes which may arise in connection with or arising from the event and a participant’s participation therein.
  2. 19.2.  Owners and skippers of boats participating in the event will be responsible for ensuring that the provisions of this Notice of Race are understood and agreed by all individuals concerned and hereby indemnify the organisers, the sponsors and all those involved in the running of the event against all claims, loss or harm suffered as a result of a failure to do so.


On good cause, the Organising Committee reserves the right to amend any of the provisions of this Notice of Race. This includes amending the course with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. Should it not be possible to sail the planned course as a result of rules laid down by The National Disaster Act passed by the South African Parliament or the rules laid down by the government of Mozambique, the organising committee reserves the right to re-lay the course within South African waters. To this event, revised Sailing Instructions will be communicated to all competitors and posted onto all platforms.


Schedule1 Special Regulations Schedule 2 Trophies ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Race Office Details:
Point Yacht Club, Victoria Embankment, Durban Tel: +27 (31) 301 4787
Fax: +27 (31) 305 1234
Email: (Darryl Williams) PostalAddress:3 Maritime Place,Durban4001

Contact details:


Vice Chairman and Principal Race Officer

Race Secretary

Nigel Milln Ron Pet
Gill Campbell

083 301 8423 073 232 4105 083 461 6286