ADVANCE PROGRAM For the UIM P750 THUNDERCAT 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MELLIEHA BAY, MALTA 10th – 17th October 2015 Classes: Disciplines: Stock, Pro-S...

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UIM P750 THUNDERCAT 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MELLIEHA BAY, MALTA 10th – 17th October 2015 Classes: Disciplines:

Stock, Pro-Stock & Modified Surf, Circuit & Longhaul

Race Organisation by:

Thundercat Racing Malta & Chaudron Powerboat Racing Club National Authority :- Malta Powerboat Federation with assistance from the RYA (UK National Authority)

Event Organisation by:

Thundercat Racing Malta For contact & registration see website

Insured by: Approved by:

RYA existing policy MPF, MTA (Malta Tourism Authority) TM (Transport Malta) RYA (UK National Authority) in association with the UIM (World Governing body)

RISK STATEMENT Powerboat Racing is by its nature a dangerous sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By participating in or becoming involved with Powerboat Racing organised by RYA Affiliated clubs either as a participant, team member or otherwise individuals agree and acknowledge that: (i) they are aware of the inherent risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for exposing themselves to such inherent risk , including risks to their person, their property, drowning, hypothermia, collision injuries burns and other physical injuries as well as possible death (ii) they have satisfied themselves that they have the necessary skill and knowledge to take part in the event and deal with the conditions that may arise in the course of a race (iii) they will not participate in the event whilst under the undue influence of alcohol, drugs or whilst otherwise unfit to participate (iv) they are responsible for the safety of themselves their crew their boat and their property whether afloat or ashore (v) the management of their boat including insurance is solely their responsibility (vi) scrutineering does not constitute a condition survey of the boat and it is solely their responsibility to decide whether or not to start or to continue in any powerboat race. (vii) ensuring the efficiency and suitability of the helmets and racing vests worn is solely their responsibility (viii) the provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other volunteers by the event organisers does not relieve them of their responsibilities (ix) the provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance particularly in extreme weather conditions as can be practically provided in the circumstances (x) to be bound by the conditions of the Race Entry Form, Racing Instructions and the General Competition Rules of the UIM and the RYA (xi) they will accept the decisions of the organising committee and officials nominated by the organising committee. INDEMNITY Participants in the event will be required on signing on to the event to save harmless and keep indemnified: (a) The owners of the premises at which the event is held; (b) The organising club, the sponsors and the RYA and their respective officials, servants and agents; and, (c) The other boat owners, drivers, passengers or mechanics engaged in the meeting (together with the “Indemnified Parties”) AGAINST all actions, claims, costs, expenses and demands in respect of loss of or damage to the property of or personal injury sustained to the Indemnified Parties to the extent caused by the participants, their crew, their boat, their mechanics, support team, representatives or agents. IMPORTANT NOTE: Persons under the age of 18 must have written authority signed by either Parent or Guardian. THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A TEAM’S DECISION TO PARTICIPATE IN A RACE OR TO CONTINUE RACING IS THEIRS ALONE  

COMPETITORS RESPONSIBILITY All competitors entering this event must have read 2015 UIM Circuit rule book, rules applicable to P750 (page 312 560-P750 to page 358)and local regulations and by-laws which will be explained at Drivers Briefing. Competitors are reminded to pay particular attention to the following key areas relating to racing safety: a. b. c. d.

Start procedures Overtaking rules Flag procedures Emergency assist procedures

Competitors must have also read the important notice at the front of these race instructions as well as the safety information at the back. By signing the race entry form and the RYA official signing on form at the event all competitors are bound by the rules contained in UIM Circuit rule book 2015 (rules applicable). It is the competitor’s sole responsibility to decide whether or not to start or continue in a race once passed scrutineering. All competitors accept responsibility for any eventuality that may occur as a result of entering a race. PRE EVENT SECRETARY Name Address Telephone Email

Paul Howes 61 Triq Ta Fuq il-Widien, Mellieha, Malta 00 356 99 873 509 [email protected]

RACE EVENT ORGANISING COMMITTEE Ricky Reeves Aaron Ciantar Ray Bugeja Michael Caruana Paul Howes John Buttigieg Captain David Bugeja RACE OFFICIALS Officer of the Day Deputy Officer of the Day Deputy Rescue Officer Rescue Officer UIM Commissioner Race Secretary Assistance Race Secretary Chief Scrutineer Assistant Scrutineer Chief Technical inspectors Chief Lap Counter Ass Lap Counter Chief Time Keeper Time Keeper Beach Master (Marshal)

Chair MPF Representative Treasurer Beach facilities Communications and Event Co-ordinator Mayor of Mellieha Chief Officer of the Ports & Yachting Directorate

Nikki Gray D a nie lle S t r aw f o r d Hubert Borg Fiona Pasco TBC Francis Caruana Cathy Reeves Neil Bugeja Paul Howes Gordon Sutherland Richard Bellerby Suzi Bellerby Becci Howes Mary-Ann Waterhouse Andy Borg

Assistant Beach Master (Marshal) Medical Event Officer

Stephen Knights Stephen Dodd

Event Officials Official Event Coordinator Ray Bugeja Official Event Coordinator Paul Howes Official Event Coordinator Ricky Reeves …… There are other Officials and Crews assisting with the event that are not listed above. RACE JURY Chairperson TBA – UIM Commissioner plus delegate from each country that has filed an official letter stating nominated person. Minimum of three persons Becci Howes/Cath Reeves as note taker / to be recorded. RACE STATUS UIM World Championship LICENCE STATUS International: International Licences for all competitors. Minimum Age: Minimum Age Limit as Per P750 Class Rules UIM Rules 2015 Note: Passports are required by Race Secretary to confirm age of competitors. All International competitors will need to purchase from the Event organisers, third party liability insurance for the World Championships at a cost of €90 each. Payable at signing on or bank transfer prior to the event. Contact TCRM for details. Remember to organise your own personal/medical insurance.


Saturday 10/10/15

Sunday 11/10/15

Monday 12/10/15

Race Control/Signing on Safety Officials Event Briefing

15:00 20:00

20:00 21:00

Short M Course Race Control/Signing on Scrutineering Safety Briefing Drivers Briefing/Course Laying Official Short Course Practice Reception Party

09:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 20:00

17:00 17:00 11:00 12:00 16:30 23:00

08:00 08:00 09:00 09:30 10:00 11:30 13:00 14:00 17:30

18:00 18:00 09:30 10:00 11:00 13:00 14:00 17:00

08:00 08:00

18:00 18:00

Short M Course Race Control/Course Laying Scrutineering Safety Briefing Drivers Briefing Open Practice Racing Commences Lunch Racing Commences Short M Course Race Control/Course Laying Scrutineering

Tuesday 13/10/15

Wednesday 14/10/15

Thursday 15/10/15

Friday 16/10/15

Saturday 17/10/15

Safety Briefing Drivers Briefing Open Practice Racing Commences Lunch Racing Commences

09:00 09:15 09:30 11:00 13:00 14:00

09:15 09:30 10:30 13:00 14:00 17:00

Podium Beach Concert & BBQ

18:00 20:00


Rest Day for Racers Public Thundercat Try out



Circuit Course Race Control/Course Laying Scrutineering Safety Briefing Drivers Briefing Open Practice Racing Commences Lunch Racing Commences

08:00 08:00 09:00 09:30 10:00 11:30 13:00 14:00

18:00 18:00 09:30 10:00 11:00 13:00 14:00 17:00

Circuit Course Race Control/Course Laying Scrutineering Safety Briefing Drivers Briefing Open Practice Racing Commences Lunch Racing Commences

08:00 08:00 09:00 09:30 10:00 11:30 13:00 14:00

18:00 18:00 09:30 10:00 11:00 13:00 14:00 17:00

Rest Day for Racers Public Thundercat Try out



Longhaul Course Race Control/Course Laying Scrutineering Safety Briefing Drivers Briefing Parade Lap behind Rib Lunch Racing Commences

08:00 08:00 09:00 09:30 10:30 11:00 12:00

18:00 18:00 09:30 10:00 11:00 12:00 16:00



Race Administration Is located at Maxima Beach Restaurant in the centre beach section of Mellieha Bay VHF Chanel 71

Francis Caruana Paul Howes Nikki Gray Fiona Pasco

Race Secretary Race Director OOD Rescue Officer

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356 99496758 356 99873509 44 7790 143317 44 7795 618701

RACE REGISTRATION Pre event teams must register on To register your team once at the venue a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j.

Sign the RYA indemnity form. (Document provided at registration) Full International Racing Licence that will be kept on file till the end of the event it is your responsibility to collect from Race Administration at the end of the event. Boat measurement certificate – this will be kept on file till the end of the event. Show your UIM CIRCUIT RULE BOOK Show that you have a copy of the UIM Engine homologation sheets. Confirm that your Entry form is correct. Complete a Next of Kin form. Complete a Parental or Guardian Authority form for persons under 18 years of age – You must also bring a letter of consent signed by the Parent if you are acting as the guardian for a minor (under 18 yrs.). Complete Team information document – confirming all persons that are in your team at the event, names, ages and contact phone details – where you are staying and if on site what is the pitch number in case we need to contact you. A letter from your National Authority for your country’s Jury representative. As per UIM Rules - If you do not have one you will not be represented on the Jury.

DRIVERS BRIEFING Mandatory Drivers Briefing will take place as per Race Instructions, if changed it will be posted at Race Administration.

Drivers Briefing Signing-in will commence 15 minutes before the Briefing. All crew for each race boat must sign in to the briefing by the start time and attend the entire briefing. A roll call may be held. The start of drivers briefing marks the end of the eligibility protest period and the Jury members will be introduced. Penalty for absence may be disqualification from starting the race or other penalties as defined in Class Rules or by the race organisers. In accordance with UIM , IOC & Malta Sports Regulations Drug and Alcohol tests will be mandatory to any competitor asked to give a sample. Testing will be carried out by the way of a urine sample, if that test is positive, a blood test can be requested by the competitor at their own expense. Any positive result will lead to immediate disqualification from the event. COURSE DETAILS Courses maybe altered to suit the area and to avoid any exclusions example the groins/ sand movement – the course will be explained at Drivers Briefing and testing on the course will be allowed. A guide to the shape course will be shown in the advance race instructions. A parade Lap behind a safety rib morning before the race will be compulsory for teams. Longhaul Start and Finish at Mellieha Beach Start Lap plus 6 Approx length of lap 6.93NM Total course is 6 plus start lap – Total length 48.51NM (90kms) One/two stops at Mellieha Beach between – You can change fuel tanks at this stop. Fuel stop procedure will be explained at Race briefing. Required Safety equipment as per UIM Circuit Longhaul list. Severe Weather Course will be Mark 1,2,7 & 8 if needed.

Approximate Marks & Positions. Chart used Admiralty 211 Edition 3 dated 14th August 2008 Longhaul Course Mark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7



35°58.12N 35°58.43N 35°58.12N 35°57.77N 35°57.63N 35°58.01N 35°59.05N

014°21.31E 014°22.77E 014°23.90E 014°23.91E 014°24.43E 014°24.58E 014°22.38E

Distance Bearing Description 1.22 0.97 0.36 0.43 0.43 1.88

74° 106° 182° 18° 301° 238°

Laid Mark Laid Mark Laid Mark Laid Mark Fish Farm Special Mark Fish Farm Special Mark Fish Farm Special Mark

8 1

35°58.31N 35°58.12N

014°21.11E 014°21.31E

1.38 0.26

148° 148°

Laid Mark Laid Mark

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Start Lap 1900m Normal Lap 2100m Long Lap 2300m

Circuit Course

M Shaped Surf Course

FUELLING ARRANGEMENTS Fuel will be supplied to racers in designated area. Fuel supplied at racers expense. Fuel to be supplied by Sunoco Racing Fuels standard octane 97/99, higher octane available to Modified class on request. Fuel supplied at market prices. Refuelling is ONLY permitted in the designated Fuel Pit Area on the beach and Dry Pits. All smoking of any type is prohibited (not allowed) in Dry pit and in designated fuelling area. This must be adhered to at all times, offenders will be penalised. OFFICIAL PRACTICE ARRANGEMENTS All competitors are reminded that it is an RYA requirement for crews to complete a minimum number of laps of the race circuit prior to racing unless a long-haul. Full details of the official practice will be fully explained at Drivers Briefing and times stated in the timetable; further practice may be available but teams must get the permission of the Officer of the Day. PRE-RACE SCRUTINEERING In accordance with the UIM P750 Class rules within the UIM Circuit rule book 2015. • Please note that all boats / engines / equipment and personal equipment will be checked at pre event technical scrutineering. • Each days racing, safety scrutineering will take place • At the beginning of every discipline technical scrutineering will take place • At the event of all three disciplines, the overall winning top three boats in each class will have their boats impounded and the technical scrutineer will decide how many of the engines and boats will be weighted and stripped as per UIM rules. • Please note that at any time a team may be asked to let the chief scrutineer look at their engines and equipment if he deems that there is an infringement to the rules. LAUNCHING Launching is the boat crew’s responsibility and should not be undertaken before scrutineering, unless otherwise stated. Boats must be taken down onto the beach and at all times whilst not racing the prop should be covered by a prop guard. All class specific rules governing launching and recovery apply at all times OFFICIAL PRACTICE: All competitors are reminded that it is an RYA requirement for crews to complete a minimum number of laps of the race circuit prior to racing. Full details of the practice laps will be explained in Race Instructions and finally at Drivers Briefing. ROLLING STARTS, STANDING STARTS, BEACH STARTS, CLASS SPECIFIC STARTS Full details of the starting procedure will be given at Drivers Briefing however all class specific starts are explained in the UIM P750 Rules 2015. If rules are not clear the OOD will explain procedures for this event at Drivers Briefing. All queries should be asked at Drivers Briefing if crews are unsure of any racing rules and regulations. PENALTIES Race Organisers may apply penalties referred to in class rules as well as additional financial penalties listed in Race Instructions / Drivers Briefing. UIM Rule 202.043 No additional penalties applied other than in UIM rules. PROTESTS In accordance with class specific rules in the UIM Circuit rule book 2015.Teams lodging protests to gain time between races will be penalised.



Before Drivers Briefing In Surf and Circuit disciplines racing protests must be submitted immediately after the heat concerned and before the start of the following heat. Only competitors within the race can protest one another. Within 1 hour of posting the results Not caused by a jury decision, but only concerning the decision which lead to the changing of the results. Within 1 hour of the new results being posted 30 mins

Only completed on a UIM Protest Forms accompanied by a Protest Fee payment as per UIM rules will be accepted by Race Administration. This Protest Fee will be refunded if the Protest is upheld. The protest fee is €80 – in accordance with UIM Rule 202.041 PRIZE GIVING: Podium presentations will take place on the beach or Party at the end of each discipline. Prizegiving will be as per timetable or explained at Driver’s Briefing. All competitors are required to attend. Dress code for Podium Presentations and Prize Giving is team clothing unless otherwise stipulated. TROPHIES: UIM Rule 202.029 - UIM Medals will be presented for 1st 2nd and 3rd place in Stock, Pro Stock and Modified FLAG SIGNALS All flag signals are fully described in the UIM Circuit rule book 2015 Class specific rules however competitors are reminded of the following key flag meanings. Please note if rough surf conditions the OOD may state at Drivers Briefing that teams will not need to acknowledge all flags. • YELLOW FLAG On seeing the yellow flag signal from an official boat, competitors MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THE SIGNAL proceed with caution, not overtake other race boats whilst in the area of the incident and keep clear of any danger areas. Yellow lights may be used by the start boat in conjunction with yellow flags. These lights shall have the same meaning as a yellow flag. Any competitor who ignores or abuses the yellow flag signal may be penalised. In the event a large surf the OOD may give directions that acknowledgement of flags may not be required. • RED FLAG On seeing the red flag signal, all boats shall stop racing immediately, come off the plane and look to see where the accident has occurred and await further instructions. Instructions of evacuation procedures will be explained at Driver’s Briefing. Infringement of any of the above may result in disqualification and/or yellow card and/or a time penalty or any combination. If a competitor misses 2 red flags in any one race they may immediately be disqualified. • BLACK FLAG Any race boat deviating from the course into restricted areas, or displaying conduct deemed to be unsporting or dangerous may be shown the black flag along with its race boat number the next time it passes the start boat and will be disqualified from the race. Disqualified boats must return to wet pits area, safely moving off the course and avoiding any interference with

the race or other race boats. Disqualified boats will not be awarded points for that race and may be fined. • WHITE FLAG (not in UIM Rules – UK rule) This flag is used as the ‘last lap flag’ instead of the white flag • PINK FLAG WITH A LARGE DARK BLUE DOT (not in UIM Rules – UK Safety rule) This flag may be used when the red flag has been raised and an alternative muster area is required. The race boats must stop on the red flag, await till they see the Pink /blue dot flag is raised from a safety boat (explained at Driver’s Briefing) and all boats must go to the vessel off the plane with caution and wait with the vessel till it is cleared by the OOD that the vessel can bring the raceboats back to the beach / pontoon. No boats may go back under their own direction this will result in a penalty as described in Driver’s Briefing.

ELIMINATING HEATS: This will depend on how many boats attend in each class; a process of Semi and Finals may need to take place in Circuit and Surf disciplines. This will be explained at Drivers Briefing. As per UIM rules each class will do three heats and a final unless the class has more than 12 boats, where the class will be split into groups that will race three heats each and then if required semi then finals will be run. POST-RACE SCRUTINEERING: Crew members must be available with their craft for post-race scrutineering if required, do not change or tamper with your boats after the last race. The Technical Scrutineer will inform teams up to one hour after the posting of the Results what boats will be required. One or more engines will be checked and fuel sampling may take place. POST-RACE DECLARATION: • The Driver or Co-Driver must sign off at Race Control as soon as possible after their finishing time. Failure to do so within one hour of the finish of the race will incur exclusion from the results. • Protests against another competitor must be lodged before their next heat. • All Crew Members must report to Race Administration before the end of the event to sign off and collect race documentation. NOISE AND SPEED RESTRICTIONS – In accordance with UIM Rule 202.035 Competitors must obey all local regulations and Bye Laws relating to excessive speed and noise. All competitors are requested to refrain from starting their engines unless absolutely necessary before proceeding to the race or official practice sessions. Failure to observe local regulations will result in penalties being applied. RULES AND REGULATIONS: The races will be run under current rules as stated in UIM Circuit Rules 2015 Class specific together with the Advance Programme, the Race Instructions and any other instructions issued before or at Drivers' Briefings or in Race Bulletins. UIM Rule 202.026 In accordance with UIM, rules may be added or modified. The Organisers reserve the right to change these Instructions at any time for safety reasons, provided that any change will be in accordance with the current rules. Any changes will be notified to competitors in a Race Bulletin and, if possible, announced at Drivers’ Briefing. Organisers have the right to refuse any boat / team which they consider unsuitable, dangerous and/or which does not conform to the requirements of the present Rules at the pre event

scrutineering. Any infringement of the Rules or of the Race Instructions, or instructions issued at Drivers' Briefings or in race Bulletins may lead to disqualification or other penalties being applied by the organising club. POINTS SYSTEM. (taken from Old UIM Rule Book) P750 rules Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Points 20 17 15 13 11 10 9



Position 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 and further DNF

PLEASE NOTE: Missed out in

Points 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0

DAMAGING OR DESTROYING A BUOY In accordance with UIM Rule 202.044 The cost the team/competitor will be €200 plus the cost of the chain, anchor and tackle if not recovered €80 PHOTO / VIDEO EVIDENCE Only official footage / Photographs will be allowed. CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES The closing date for entries registered on website 20TH September 2015. ENGINE COWLING DECALS & EVENT SPONSORSHIP STICKER The organisers may provide cowling stickers and cowling numbers – the race numbers for the European Championship will be decided on first come, first served when the entry forms are received. Foreign competitors take priority – on your entry form please state a preferred second choice in case your number has been taken. An area of 30cm – 10cm as per UIM rules should be kept available on the nose cone of each race boat for an Event Sponsorship

SAFETY INFORMATION SAFETY TAKES PRIORITY OVER RACING AT ALL TIMES All Race Boats must observe the International Rules for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea when encountering any other Non-racing craft A)

Swimmers, board sailors, private and commercial craft of all types of may be encountered. Competitors are reminded to keep a sharp look out at all times and to take the necessary action in accordance with the IRPCS Rules.


Competitors are reminded to keep a sharp lookout at all times for any marine wildlife that may be in encountered in the vicinity of the race course and take the necessary avoiding action.


Competitors are warned to remember their speed and the fact that other craft may not be fully aware or able to keep clear.


Competitors are asked to bear in mind that Official Patrol & Rescue boats have no power to insist that any craft or swimmer keep clear of the course of the race. Advice can only be given for the safety of other craft and swimmers.


International Code Flag “A” denotes “DIVERS”. Competitors must give a wide clearance of at least 100mtrs.


The Course will be patrolled by Official Patrol &Rescue Boats with official Observer boats in the vicinity of certain race marks, other race marks may be observed from the shore


Any Official Patrol/Rescue boat may wave a yellow flag to give warning of imminent danger in its vicinity. Competitors seeing this signal are to acknowledge the signal, slow down and keep clear of the danger area.