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Folkboat week 6th to 11th July 2002
Arklow Sailing Club
The Irish Sea Folkboat committee would like to thank the Officers, Committee, and members of the Arklow Sailing Club for their support as hosts of our rally Arklow.
Officers and Committee
Arklow Sailing Club
Irish Sea Folkboat Rally Committee 2002
General Organisers Robin Pinner ( 01691 653230 home: 07714 211779
Address for all correspondence:-
UK Mr Robin Pinner
Ireland: Dave Connolly
Arklow Marina ( +353 (0)402 39901
Saturday 6th July Stopover in Wicklow (Some boats may wish to sail directly to Arklow)
Sunday 7th July Arrive in Arklow. Evening in Sailing club berthing on pontoons in the river
Monday 8th July Skippers briefing 0900. Two medium length races back to back. Start 1130
Tuesday 9th July
Three short races back to back or with a lunch break in the harbour. Start 1000.
Wednesday 10th July Lay Day. (Club Race in the evening)
Thursday 11th July One or two short races including the Crews race. Prize giving dinner in the evening at the sailing club
Friday 12th July Depart (also the editors birthday)
The entry fee of £20 or 30 must
accompany the entry form. The entry fee does not cover the cost of marina berthing nor any
meals at the social events. Late entries will be accepted at the discretion of the
Boats should register with the Marina Office on arrival stating they are participating in the Folkboat rally and pay the appropriate dues (10 per night on the pontoons outside of the Marina). All participating boats will be honorary members of Arklow Sailing Club for the duration of the event, and will have use of the club's facilities.
The programme is subject to change, depending on weather, tides. Briefings will be held as appropriate (normally 0830) at a location near the Club House.
The South going tide in Dublin Bay begins at approximately 0830 on Saturday 6th July. The intention is to stop off at Wicklow on Saturday night. Those wishing to sail in company should contact Dave Connolly. It is approximately 22nm from Dun Laoghaire to Wicklow.
For boats in North Wales (Menai Bridge) high water slack at the Swellies is 0648 on Saturday 6th July. Boats in Caernarfon will be able to head south over Caernarfon Bar a little earlier. It is approximately 60nm from Caernarfon Bar to Wicklow and approximately 14nm from Wicklow to Arklow. If you wish to sail in company contact Robin Pinner.
There is 24-hour access to both Wicklow and Arklow, but strong SE to NE winds makes access to Arklow difficult.
We have arranged berthing on the pontoons just beyond the marina, (North side of the river). This will give us access to both the sailing club and the Marina facilities. The fish dock on the south side of the river is also available but there is only one WC/shower (in the lifeboat station0 and it is a long walk to the clubhouse.
Racing will in accordance with the sailing instructions of The Race Officer and Folkboat Association rules.
All races shall be sailed under the rules of the IYRU with ISA prescriptions, except as amended in these instructions. Race courses will be set for each race by the OOD
10 minute - Warning signal Class Flag
Timings are by the above flag signals and will be accompanied by sound signals, which will act as an aid only.
Individual recalls will be indicated by Numeral Pennant Zero and may be accompanied by a sound signal. No boat numbers will be displayed
In the event of a general recall two sound signals will be made and the 1st substitute Flag will be broken out, and a new warning signal will be made five minutes after the preceding Starting signal.
Cancellations and Abandonment
Code flag "N" will be flown over Class Flag "V" with two sound signals.
Displaying the answering Pennant with two sound signals shall signify that the race is postponed. The warning Signal will be one minute after the Pennant is lowered.
Races may be shortened at the discretion of the Race Officer. In this event, the finishing line will be between the main mast of the Committee Boat and the next mark on the course or a mark laid at approximately right angles to the leg from the preceding mark. When crossing this line the mark will be passed on the same side as in the course instructions. A sound signal will be made as the leading boat approaches this line and Code Flag "S" will be flown.
IYRU Rule 74.5 and Appendix B 1, shall apply for infringements of a rule of Part IV. When a boat is so penalised the following boats shall each move up one place in the finishing order for the race.
Touching a Mark
IYRU Rule 52.2 shall apply following the touching of any marks on the course, that is the requirement to make one complete 360° turn at the first reasonable opportunity.
Alteration of Courses
The Committee may change, alter or substitute start times, time limits, and courses as they see fit. Notification will be given at the briefing.
Protests must be lodged with the Race Officer at the Club within two hours of the completion of the race concerned or at the first available opportunity. The protested boat must be informed of the protest and its nature. Protests should be written on the official I.S.A. protest form and will be heard two hours after the time limit for the last race of the day unless otherwise arranged by the Protest Committee Chairman or The Folkboat Week Chairman.
Races 1, ,2, 3, 4 and 5 shall count for points. A boat shall count ¾ point for first place, 2 points for 2nd place, 3 points for 3rd place and so on. A boat that starts, in accordance with IYRU rule 51.1, but does not finish for a reason other than a breach of Rule, and including a boat which breaks a rule but retires within a reasonable time, shall score points equal to the number of boats which started in the race. The same shall apply to a boat breaking a Rule at or near the finish provided the Race Officer is notified of the retirement as soon as possible.
A boat which breaks a rule but does not retire promptly or one which is disqualified shall score one or more points than the number of boats that started in the race.
A boat that does not start shall score one more point than the greatest number of starters in any points race in the series.
If five races finish, one discard is allowed, if less than five races finish, then no discard is allowed.
The boat with the lowest score shall win after the results of all points races are totalled, discarding the worst race if appropriate. In the event of a tie on total points between two or more yachts, then the order of the second points race shall determine the result.
The Committee wish to point out that in the spirit of Folkboat Week owners will generally be expected to helm their own boats, except of course in the Crews race, when the helm should be regular Folkboat crew.
Attention is drawn to IYRU Rule part 1B. Neither the Arklow Sailing Club, the Folkboat association nor the committee can accept responsibility for any damage, or injury caused during this Folkboat Week.
Yachts should comply with rule 9.8 of the Folkboat Class Racing Regulations (page 11) regarding recommended minimum safety equipment.
Prizes and Trophies
Prizes will be awarded for the first three places in all races, together with additional prizes for the first five places overall. Prizes will be awarded for placings on handicap. Prizes will be awarded for other events. Momentos will be presented to all participating boats. Perpetual trophies will be presented as appropriate.
Should racing be disrupted, prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the committee.
The following information is provided by courtesy of Alan Stuart (Xania)
Arklow Marina is now complete and in full operation. The marina basin is located on the North bank of the River Avoca, located upstream of the commercial port. It is within 5 minutes walk of the town centre. The entrance to the marina is immediately at the west end of the commercial North quay.
Although it likely that a group discount shall be obtained for Folkboat Week, the following mooring fees apply:
There are 42 berths in the inner harbour and 30 berths on pontoons upstream of the marina entrance.
Marina Contact Details:
Arklow Marina Ltd.,
Telephone: (Work) (0402)
There are a host of things to do in Arklow and the surrounding south Co. Wicklow area when not sailing/racing. Some of these are described on enclosed documentation.
First of all, Arklow hosts a fine Maritime Museum in the local library. Located in the centre of town the facility depicts the strong seafaring tradition of the area, especially in relation to merchant marine endeavours. Arklow has a long history dating back to the Menapii tribe in 6400 B.C. at the end of the Ice Age, to 9th century Viking settlers, the Cromwellian and Willamite wars, the 1798 Rising, through to a renowned boat-building industry in the 19th and 20th centuries (Sir Francis Chichester's yacht Gypsy Moth II in which he won the transatlantic single handed yacht race, was built in Tyrells yard. In 1981 the same yard also designed and built the Irish Navys training sail vessel the Asgard II). It is one of the finest museums of its type in Ireland. The main attractions are memorabilia, models of ships such as the Titanic and recovered artefacts, especially from the Lusitania. Visitors are also given a 15-minute visual presentation on the history of the maritime Arklow.
A self-guided heritage tour can be done of the town too, the details can be got from the Bord Fáilte office at the top of Main Street.
Opportunities for swimming exist at nearby Clogga Strand, Brittas Bay and Ballymoney beaches.
A leisure centre is on the north bank of the River Avoca near Ferrybank and hosts a swimming pool, tennis courts, a gym and other facilities.
A pleasant River Walk exists accessible from a number of points from the town centre. This newly refurbished town walk follows the line of the river Avoca for about ½ mile as it meanders along the railway line. En route, you will see many different river birds and plants in a tranquil setting. At the end of the walk turn left up Proby's Lane to come out onto the Vale Road, and left again back in to town.
Arklow Sailing Club is our host club for the week. Mr Breffni Kelly, Treasurer and Bar Manager, has assured the bar will be open for all nights of the week. Details of meals and dining arrangements shall be circulated shortly. Husband and wife Folkboating team Egon and Liane Friedrich shall answer any questions about local racing.