Irregular Manta Migration Race

     manta_migration  Race Dates

  • Thursday,     April 3rd,    RACE # 1  “Irregular Reverse Crew Race!” 
  • Friday,         April 4th,    RACE # 2  “Irregular Manta Migration Cup Race”
  • Saturday,    April 5th,      RACE # 3  “Blind Dinghy Race”
Race # 1 – Marsh Harbor to Hope Town
  • Skippers’ Meeting – will be held at 09:30 hrs at the Jib Room.  Please be Prompt!
  • The standard time format for starts by the Race Committee will be displayed at the appropriate times. Participants are urged to synchronize their watches at the Skipper’s meetings.
  • For this event, the 10 minute gun will be displayed at 10:50 am, followed by the 5 minute, 1 minute and START guns at 11:00 am.
  • The race will go regardless of wind  or weather conditions.
  • Should any participant not have the appropriate course details, you may request  a copy from the  Race Committee PRIOR TO the Skipper’s Meeting. All competitors should turn their VHF radios to Channel #66  for communication PRIOR TO the 10 minute gun.
Race #1 Course
  • Course for Race #1 will commence  from a START line bearing 000°M for 150 yards from the Outer Green Marker at the entrance to Fanny Bay.
  • You will sail your first waypoint on 66°M – 3.5nm. to the northerly most end of Garden Cay. You will then turn on to 136°M and pass both Garden and Sandy Cays leaving them to starboard for a distance of 1.0nm.
  • Due to ‘white sand’ shallow protrusions emanating from the western silting of Johnny Cay, and for your safety, you will be obliged to sail around the shallow portion (and at your own risk), on a course of 192°M  1.0nm. before turning  finally on a course of 134°M for 1.75nm. to the Finish line on the east side of the northern most cay of the Parrot Cays.
  • The immediate area around the finish line will be an excellent area for anchoring. There may be additional  moorings (at a cost) within the Hope Town harbour area.
Race #2 – Hope Town to Little Harbor
  • Skippers’ Meeting will be held at 09:30 hrs at the Hope Town Marina/Club Soleil.
  • The standard time format for starts by the Race Committee will be displayed at the appropriate times. Participants are urged to synchronize their watches at the Skipper’s meetings.
  • Again, for this event, the 10 minute gun will be displayed at 10:50 am, followed by the 5 minute, 1 minute and START guns at 11:00 am.
  • The race will go regardless of wind  or weather conditions
  • Should any participant not have the appropriate course details, you may request  a copy from the  Race Committee PRIOR TO the Skipper’s Meeting. All competitors should turn their VHF radios to Channel #66  for communication PRIOR TO the 10 minute gun.

Race #2 Course

  • You will commence from the previous day’s race #1 on a START LINE bearing of 90°M from Parrot Cay directly eastward to the entrance to Hope Town Harbour as you go sailing southwards for 15 nm.
  • Your course will cover approximately 15nm. in length. Your direction will be generally south 180°M with multiple minor course changes to maintain sufficient depth everywhere.
  • There will only be 1 important ground marker to leave to port as you pass the entrance to White Sound. Leave the marker to port.
  • You will favor mostly the center channels leaving Lubber’s Quarter’s Cay to starboard.
  • You should be aware of the shallows on the shallow at the north end of Cooper Jack Cay.
  • You will find no danger for 4.5 nm. or until you are prepared to tackle Tilloo Cay to your south. There are 2 ways to get around it. Either through it or around it. The choice is yours.
  • Your eventual turn southward again will be to leave Channel Cay to your starboard and again establish your position to safely pass the Sandy Cay National Parks to starboard, the North Channel and Pelican Cays to your port.
  • The last challenge will be to avoid some shallows to your east by Lynyard Cay and westward.
  • The FINISH LINE for the Great Race will be where you see the large white house to your starboard on Bridges Cay. Once past that mark, you may lower sails and motor for the entrance of Little Harbour Itself. The Race Committee  will be there at the Finish line.
    • Notes: ONLY If it is currently dead low tide, and you may still wish to enter the narrow approach to the Harbour. As you enter you will notice a set of red and green markers to guide you in. Tend toward the starboard side marks as you go at dead slow to enter. Should wish to wait a ½ hour or as the water becomes deeper, you can moor just to the west Tom Curry’s Point or north of it until entering the harbour.
  • There will be some moorings available though the anchoring is good and rafting up or short-hooking will provide room for all participants. There may also be some room either at one or 2 of the small jetties by the Pub and Gallery.      WELCOME TO LITTLE HARBOUR!!
Race #3 – Blind Dinghy Race
  • Details for the Blind Dinghy Race will be provided at the skippers meeting which will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 5
  • Come on, it wouldn’t be a BLIND Dinghy Race if we provided details in advance…:)

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