This Series NOR and related rules govern only the scoring and presentation of ancillary regatta and series awards provided by Panerai to recognize specific sub-sets of regatta participants. Participants that meet the hereunder described classifications are eligible to win the Panerai awards. The details in this Series NOR do not, and are not intended to, supersede individual regatta eligibility and awards qualifications provided by the local OA. Participation in the N.A.PCYC is voluntary and is not required for participation in individual regattas.
Yachts that fit the 2016 N.A. PCYC eligibility requirements described hereunder, that have also previously participated in the N.A. PCYC, will automatically be enrolled in one of the N.A. PCYC described classes and no further action is required. All others must opt in for consideration or apply for an exemption.
The spirit and intention of these rules and classifications is to score similar boats with similar boats as best as possible, and every effort has and will be made to establish, monitor and improve these classifications to support this goal.
Yachts are eligible to participate in the N.A. PCYC if they qualify for entry into one of several divisions:
All Vintage Divisions
Woven fabric (Canvas, Nylon, Dacron as well as more contemporary woven fabrics such as Vectran and Hydranet) are permitted. Note: What are prohibited are sails such as those utilizing advanced shaping technologies (3DL or similar), laminate or composite construction, or materials such as, but not limited to, Mylar, Kevlar, Spectra, Carbon Fiber, etc.
Manual Power/Hydraulic Equipment
NOTE: The above descriptions for all classifications are not absolutes. Should a boat not be clearly defined by above, its divisional assignment will be determined by the N.A.
PCYC committee in conjunction with the CRF technical committee utilizing these and other guidelines as closely as possible. N.A. PCYC committee reserves the right to modify and adjust these classes and yacht assignments as necessary to maintain the primary objective of racing and scoring like boats with like boats. Refer to individual event’s NOR’s and scratch sheets for specific regatta class designations.
All Grand Prix Divisions
These divisions include all Spirit of Tradition yachts, in addition to modern construction replicas (Modern Classics) and those vintage yachts (Vintage Grand Prix) which are equipped for a much higher competitive level than traditional vintage classics as defined above.
All Grand Prix Divisions - Elegibility & Rules
Grand Prix Sub-divisions
NOTE: The above descriptions for all classifications are not absolutes. Should a boat not be clearly defined by above, its divisional assignment will be determined by the N.A. PCYC committee in conjunction with the CRF technical committee utilizing these and other guidelines as closely as possible. N.A. PCYC committee reserves the right to modify and adjust these classes and yacht assignments as necessary to maintain the primary objective of racing and scoring like boats with like boats. Refer to individual event’s NOR’s and scratch sheets for specific regatta class designations.
Yachts that have previously qualified to compete for N.A. PCYC scoring, but contain design or construction elements that are currently prohibited, may apply to the N.A. PCYC for individual exemptions at least 14 days prior to event participation. Decisions for qualification by the N.A. PCYC will be considered final and not subject to protest.
Each regatta will be scored using the Classic Rating Formula (CRF). The CRF rating rule assumes that a yacht is in “race ready” condition. IE: The hull below the waterline is clean, the sails are in good condition, the equipment on board is well maintained, and its crew is experienced.
Boats must be registered in at least two of the four scheduled regattas to be eligible for the N.A. PCYC and one of those two regattas must be the Newport Classic Yacht Regatta.
In each regatta, N.A. PCYC, intends to award prizes (in addition to those scored or provided by the individual regattas) to the best performing yachts in each of the divisions as defined in this document. N.A. PCYC reserves the right to award additional prizes, among additional classes, as warranted.
Should any regatta elect to include a spinnaker class/classes, in addition to the non-spinnaker classes outlined in this document, the normalized scores for the spinnaker classes will be included in N.A. PCYC series and event scoring provided all other elements of the divisional eligibility requirements are met. When both a spinnaker and non-spinnaker class exists within one division, the
regatta winner for that division will be the yacht with the lowest normalized score.
The N.A. PCYC may also recognize the best performing yacht of a regatta utilizing the combined scores within each class (when more than two races are scored) normalized by the number of boats in each class. Lowest combined, normalized score wins. When only one race is scored in a regatta, the best performing yacht will be the winner of the most competitive class (determined by adding their ranking in terms of number of boats in each class, to the ranking of tightness of spread, corrected time, among the top-half of the class finishers).
Yachts from any of the listed classes (or any additional classes recognized by the N.A. PCYC for each regatta) are eligible to win the overall best performing yacht of the regatta award.
The determination of Series winners will be made by scoring each of the Series races by using the normalization method. Each yacht’s finish points within their class, in each race as scored using the Low Point System in rule A4, shall be divided by the number of finishers in that class for that race. Using the best three scores, each yacht’s points will be added and the yacht having the lowest total will be the winner, the next lowest second and so on. This changes rule A9.
All classes shall be scored regardless of the number of entries, however no fewer than five will be calculated in any class size for normalization methods. (IE: A class size of 3 will be scored as if there were 5 entries).
Scores for the N.A. PCYC are based on their finishes among the individual Grand Prix or Vintage Divisions (and spin or non-spin classes) in which they competed in each of the regattas. If ties continue to exist after the application of rule A8, they will be broken by the number of races the yacht has competed (higher number wins) followed by the yacht with the lowest three cumulative, non-normalized scores, followed by the lowest four cumulative, nonnormalized scores, and so on.
Minimum Races to Qualify for Scoring and Prizes
There are a minimum of seven possible races that can be scored. Two (2) races in Marblehead, MA at the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta, Two (or more -TBD)
races at the Sail Nantucket Regatta, one (1) race at the Opera House Cup Regatta, and two (2) races in Newport, R.I. at The Newport Classic Yacht Regatta. The best three normalized race scores from the two or more regattas
for which a yacht is registered will make up an individual yacht’s overall score for the N.A. PCYC. Thus, if a boat participates in all possible regattas then their best three (3) normalized race scores will be used to determine their
overall score for the N.A. PCYC trophies.
In the event that a qualified yacht registers in two regattas, but the third race that they need in order to qualify cannot be completed between those two regattas, then the average of the two races scored will determine the score of their third race.
In the event that a yacht registers in two regattas and the second and third race cannot be completed between those two regattas, then the N.A. PCYC Committee will determine appropriate scores in order to determine the overall winners of the N.A. PCYC.
There will be two overall season awards: One, for the best among the three Vintage divisions, and one for the best among the two Grand Prix Divisions.
The official awards ceremony will be held at the Newport Classic Yacht Regatta awards ceremony. To be eligible for the overall N.A. PCYC trophies, yachts must participate in the final Newport event and must be represented at the Newport Classic Yacht Regatta awards ceremony.
The following trophies will be presented:
N.A. Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Trophy for Vintage Yachts:
An authentic reproduction of N.A. Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the Overall Series winner among Vintage yachts; the yacht with the best three combined normalized scores between the participating regattas.
N.A. Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Trophy for Grand Prix Yachts:
An authentic reproduction of N.A. Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the Overall Series winner among yachts in the Grand Prix divisions; the yacht with the best three combined normalized scores between the participating regattas.
The N.A. PCYC perpetual trophy home will be the IYRS library on the fourth floor of the Mill building located at 449 Thames Street, Newport, Rhode Island.
The Committee for the N.A. PCYC will include the chairman, event co-chairs, and Officine Panerai Representatives. In addition, there will be an advisory committee including:
The N.A. PCYC Committee may add additional members in an advisory role as needed.