2016 NYRA Invitational in Downtown New Bern

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 10.01.36 PMMarch 18-20   New Bern, North Carolina

One-design and PHRF Racing just off Historic Downtown New Bern Waterfront
The New Bern Grand Marina and Yacht Club will host the event at their new and upgraded facilities in downtown New Bern adjacent to the Craven County New Bern Convention Center. Discounted deep-water slips for PHRF boats will be offered at $1 per foot per night, compliments of New Bern Grand Marina and Yacht Club, on a space available basis. Discounted room rates (10% off) as well as on dining and non-alcoholic beverages will also be offered at the DoubleTree Hotel / Christoph’s on the Water.  HUGE THANKS to our two title sponsors, the New Bern Grand Marina and Yacht Club & United Yacht Sales of the Carolinas!  Please check out all they have to offer….

Slip Reservation information: http://newberngrandmarinayachtclub.com — Please mention that you are part of the NYRA Invitational to receive discounted rates.

Room Reservation information: http://www.doubletree.hilton.com/New_Bern — Please mention that you are part of the NYRA Invitational to receive discounted rates.

One-design classes (SJ21, Sunfish, Laser, Ensign, Topaz, 420s, FJs, Optimists, etc.) will race just off Union Point in downtown New Bern. Multiple races are planned for each day.

Anticipated PHRF handicapped classes are Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, and Cruising. An appropriate course down the Neuse River and back will be set for the anticipated weather conditions. One race is planned for each day. Separate Race Committee boats will be assigned to the PHRF class to insure the ability to change course if conditions should warrant.

As requested by PHRF Captains, the PHRF start will be between Government Marks #19 and #26 (equally accessible from the Downtown area and the Fairfield Harbor/BSC boats).  The race course will be based on wind conditions at the start and WILL NOT extend under the “big” Neuse River Bridge.

The Cruising class is offered to encourage normally non-racing boats and sailors to participate. Boats without a current rating certificate will be assigned a handicap by the race committee and may race in any class. Skippers who wish to register their Boats in the Cruising Class must adhere to the ICRC Cruising Class rules.

The scoring system will be Time-on-Time for PHRF boats. One completed race will constitute a regatta. Awards will be given in One-Design, Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, and Cruising classes as deemed appropriate by the PRO. Awards will be based on the number of entries in each class. Two registered boats constitute a class.

Here is where you can Register ONLINE on Regatta Network

Here is a link to the NOR and Registration Form

Here is a link to the Sailing Instructions

Schedule of Events
Friday, March 18:        (6:00-8:00 pm)Final Registration and Captains’ Meeting at Regatta Tent HQRegatta Tent HQ will be on Craven Street next to the New Bern Grand Marina and Yacht Sales Offices adjacent to the Harvey Mansion Parking Lot, in the driveways between the 2 main buildings of the DoubleTree Hotel. (SEE ABOVE PICTURE)

Skippers can pick up their complimentary skipper bags (with goodies from all our sponsors).

Skippers’ Meeting for all racing (PHRF and One Design) will be held 6 PM FRIDAY EVENING AT REGATTA TENT HQ

Saturday, March 19:   

11:55 am: Racing begins in the Neuse River

5:00 pm onward ?:  Post-Race Social and Dinner at Regatta Tent HQ  (Dinner is TBA at 6 PM)

Sunday, March 20:   

10:55 am:  Racing begins in the Neuse River

3:00 pm:  Post-Race Awards presentation at Regatta Tent HQ

Mike Afflerbach
NYRA Commodore

ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL ME at commodore@nyra.org

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