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Rookie Race

Special note about food and beverage: Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9:30.  

Competitors and volunteers should pack a picnic lunch. After the race we will picnic on deck, hand out awards and tell tall tales about the race.

If you can help with breakfast, send a note to Richard.

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This race is for you, if you are new to racing or if you have rookie crew you want to get on the helm. What is a rookie? A skipper that needs a confidence booster before participating more in our regular regattas. It is also you if you are a cruiser or club boat member and want to join in the fun. Really just about anyone that wants to get out in a fun, learning environment.

  • We will be running a short course so we can get plenty of race start and finish practices. We will have a long start/finish line and unlike a normal race will be answering questions and coaching as needed. We will be running a triangle course because that lets every boat put in at least one jibe per race and keeps the downwind boats clear of the upwind boats.
  • We will be doing non-traditional trophies. That means we won’t be doing traditional handicap scoring. Instead we will be handing out awards that were unused from previous regattas and other random items to reward things that happen on the water that day. So, you will still get bragging rights.
  • Pack your picnic baskets. We will sail until we get hungry, then head to the deck for a meal after the race. What you pack is what you eat. So pack plenty for the crew and maybe a little extra to share. 
  • This is the format we used last year and it was a whole lot of fun. See the Rookie Race picture album from last year:

Notice of Race

Rookie Race

Saturday, September 14, 2019


  1. INVITATION--Percy Priest Yacht Club cordially invites you and your crew to attend the Rookie Race. This fun low-key race is a follow-up to this year’s fall training, Regatta Prep for The Rookie Race. Like last year we are teaming a club race with training so that participants can put into practice skills learned at the training event.

    We will go through the paces of a Regatta day with this fun club race. There is no charge for this race and prizes will be a rehash of awards left over from previous regattas and will not follow the traditional 1st, 2nd, 3rd finishes. But it is all guaranteed to be in the spirit of great fun!

    All are welcome, but those who attend the Regatta Prep Class on September 8th are especially encouraged to participate and put into practice what you learned. We will race some short races then head back to the docks when we all get hungry. Each participant please bring your own lunch. If the day is too hot to raft-up (like last year), then we will head to the shade of the marina deck to enjoy lunch.


  2. SITE--The race will be held on J. Percy Priest Lake in Nashville, Tennessee. Land based activities will be held on the deck at Hamilton Creek Sailboat Marina.


  3. RULES
    1. The race will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) except for the anticipated changes noted in this section.
    2. Competitors may receive outside help in the form of coaching during racing.This changes RRS 41.



    4.1. The race will be open to all cruiser or racer/cruiser boats properly registered. Participants may enter the race by registering online, or by registering on the day of the race at the final registration table in the Hamilton Creek Sailboat Marina building. We encourage all participants to register in advance online to help us plan for the race.

    4.2. A Waiver and Release of Liability and Emergency Contact form signed by the owner/skipper and each crew member must be submitted at final registration. No boat will be fully registered without submitting this completed form. In the event of a crew member substitution during the race, the new crew member must submit a signed waiver of liability to the Race Committee prior to racing for that boat’s entry to remain valid.






    5.1. The following classes are anticipated for this event:

    First Time Racers

    All boats of first time racers are welcome.

    Bee Fleet       

    PPYC’s Bee Fleet is made up of boats whose Class is designated as NS-B in our PHRF ratings list.

    All other boats are encouraged to participate

    If you are a regular racer, please join in and consider bringing people “new to sailing” or “new to racing” to skipper for you.



    5.2. There are no separate one-design classes for this race.

    5.3. The Race Committee may combine, split or assign boats to classes at its sole discretion.


  6. FEES-- The race entry fees are as follows:


    Online Registration Fee:  $0.00

    Final Registration Fee$0.00  (8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Saturday, day of the race)

    Meal: $0.00 (There will be some breakfast provided. Pack a picnic lunch for after racing. Skippers, please make sure all your crew know the food arrangements.)


  7. SCHEDULE - Saturday, day of the race
     0830-0930  Final Registrationturn in Waiver and Release & Emergency Contact Information form. IMPORTANT--Final Registration ends at 0930 sharp!
     1000  Skippers Meeting
     1100  Warning Signal for Race
     1300  No new races started after 1300
     After Race  Picnic lunches on the deck. Bring your own picknic for you and your crew.

  8. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS--The Sailing Instructions will be available at final registration. A draft of the sailing instructions may be available for review on the PPYC web site. Sailing instructions on the PPYC web site are for information purposes only and are subject to change prior to the race. Only sailing instructions distributed during final registration are valid.




    9.1    The race will consist of as many as six races for buoy courses.

    9.2    Races will start in the area near the Hamilton Creek Sailboat Marina cove. The start will be a traditional race start using the system described in RRS 26.

    9.3    Competitors may receive outside help in the form of coaching during racing.  This changes RRS 41.

    9.4     One race will constitute a series. No races will be started in less than three (3) knots of sustained wind as determined by the race committee.


  10. COURSES - Course descriptions and diagrams will be posted on the official notice board or attached to the Sailing Instructions as an addendum.


  11. SCORING—Traditional handicap scoring will not be used.


  12. LAUNCHING, DOCKING AND HAULING--Launching, docking and hauling may be done at Hamilton Creek Sailboat Marina free of charge. A ramp is available for trailer launching. No boat hoist is available.



13.1. All boats are strongly encouraged to carry a VHF radio and monitor it during the race.

13.2. The race committee may make periodic courtesy broadcasts by VHF radio on Channel 68. Information reported is provided as a courtesy to the competitors and does not in any way alter the competitor’s responsibility to observe the race committee’s visual signals. Errors or omissions during these courtesy broadcasts will not be grounds for requesting redress. This changes RRS 62.1(a).

13.3. When an individual recall is signaled, the race committee may at its discretion attempt to hail the sail numbers of the recalled boats. The hail may be by VHF radio on Channel 68, or by loud hailer or bullhorn. Such a hail is a courtesy hail only. Failure of the race committee to hail, failure of a boat to hear the hail for any reason, or the method, order or timing of the hail will not relieve the boat of its obligation to start correctly and will not be grounds for requesting redress. This changes RRS 29.1 and 62.1(a).


  1. Non-Traditional Prizes will be awarded for all classes. They will not follow the traditional 1st, 2nd, 3rd places.


  2. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY AND WAIVER--Competitors participate in the race entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. Percy Priest Yacht Club will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the race. Competitors agree that the race organizers (organizing authority, race committee, protest committee, host club, sponsors, or any other organization or official) will not be responsible for damage to any boat or other property or the injury to any competitor, including death, sustained as a result of participation in this event. As an inducement to the race organizers to produce the race, each competitor agrees that by participating in this event each competitor is deemed to have waived all claims against and released the race organizers from any and all liability associated with such competitor’s participation in this event to the fullest extent permitted by law and is deemed to have warranted that he has obtained this same release of the race organizers by each crew member.


  3. INSURANCE--Each participating boat shall be insured by its owner with valid third-party liability insurance.


  4. FURTHER INFORMATION--For further information please contact:

    Race Chair: Fred Bartrom

    PRO: Bob Keim


  5. DIRECTIONS--On I-40, east of Nashville, exit at Stewarts Ferry Pike / J. Percy Priest Dam (Exit 219). Go south for approximately 3.4 miles. Turn left into Hamilton Creek Park. Turn left at the first road on the left into the sailboat marina. A map and driving directions are on the PPYC web site.

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM
Hamilton Creek Sailboat Marina
Hamilton Creek Marina Official Site
2901 Bell Road
Nashville, TN  37217

(615) 862-8472
Craig Dooley
Registration is required
No Fee