PLNTM 043 PLYMOUTH SOUND SAIL GP RACING - DIRECTION

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Queen's Harbour Master Plymouth

LNTM No 043/21

PLYMOUTH LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS 43/21

PLYMOUTH SOUND - DIRECTION

SAIL GP RACING 15 – 18 JULY 2021

 

1. This is a direction by the Queen's Harbour Master Plymouth pursuant to the Dockyard Port of Plymouth Order 2020.

    

 2. The water Events Dairy 2021 gave early notice of the sail GP Event. This PLNTM gives information timings, course and spectator areas and 

     directs mariners accordingly. It is fundamental for port, vessel and personal safety.

 

3. Event 3 of the sail GP Championship will take place in Plymouth Sound over the period 15-18 July 2021. 8 high performance F50 foiling catamarans will be launched and recovered in Milbay Docks for both racing and practice in the sound. They will require a significant amount of sea room.      

 

4.     All vessels are to manoeuvre in accordance with the Rules for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea.

 

Non-competitors are to give competitors a wide berth when ever possible.

 

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

 

5.       To ensure vessel and personal safety within the Port the following traffic restrictions will apply:

 

a.    Free practice on Thur 15 Jul from 1300 – 1700

 

i.     Practice Area – an exclusion zone marked by S Mallard, Dunstone Rock, F Buoy, New Grounds and SE Drakes Island, allocated to official craft and competitors only (see Chart extract at annex A)

 

b.   Practice races Fri 16 Jul and main races on Sat 17 and Sun 18 for a period from 1300 – 1700 daily (see Chart extract at Annex A):

 

i.   Assigned Area – area allocated to Sail GP within which the race area will be set.

ii.    Race Area – the race course laid within the Assigned Area and will form an exclusion zone allocated to official craft and competitors only.  The size and orientation of the Race Area will depend on the wind conditions on the day. The boundaries of the Race Area will be marked by Sail GP buoys (Orange pyramid shaped marks) and will be patrolled by Sail GP Marshal craft.

 

 

MARSHALLING CRAFT/ OFFICAL POLICING CRAFT

 

6.        Official marshalling craft will patrol the area boundaries and invite spectators or other craft to remain clear of the Practice/Race Area.  Marshalling craft will display a red SailGP flag.

 

7.      Policing craft will direct vessels that ignore the marshal’s advice to remain clear of the Practice/Race area.  Mariners are reminded that failure to comply with official direction by the Officers of the Queen’s Harbour Master, which includes MOD Police Officers and Cattewater Harbour Master staff, may result in prosecution.

 

 

 

 

 

SPECTATOR AREAS

 

8.      No unauthorised craft are permitted inside of the Sail GP race course which will be laid within the restricted area outlined on the accompanying chartlet.

 

The boundaries of the Race Area will be marked by Sail GP buoys (Orange pyramid shaped marks) and will be patrolled by Sail GP Marshal craft.  Spectating vessels may view the racing from outside Race Area.  They may remain underway or anchor.  However, vessels should avoid anchoring in the sea grass bed in the southern sector of Jenniclife Bay (PLNTM 34/21 refers).

 

RACE ACTIVITIES

 

9.  The race wet pit area will be in Millbay Outer Basin with temporary pontoons and a crane barge moored on Trinity Pier.  Temporary mooring will also be laid in the outer basin.  Spectator craft should keep clear of Millbay Docks.  Vessels needing to access King Point Marina, Millbay Marina or Longroom Camber should proceed with caution at minimum speed and keep well clear of official craft.

 

10.   Low flying helicopters will be filming the racing and may be encountered throughout the race and official practice.  Mariners are to be alert to their presence, the potential down draught and noise and should avoid being distracted.  The CAA have established a temporary exclusion zone prohibiting the flying of drones in the proximity of the race area.

 

11.  F50 catamarans and their support craft are exempt from the port speed limit during races and official practices.  Outside these times they remain fully obliged to comply with the International Regulations for the prevention of Collisions at Sea and local orders. 

 

VESSEL TRAFFIC CONTROL

 

12.    All mariners are to note and observe the restrictions on movement in the paragraphs below:

 

a.   Mariners wishing to proceed from the Plym, Sutton Harbour, and the Cattewater to seaward of the Race Area are advised to do so in sufficient time before access to the Sound is restricted.  Limited and controlled access close around Mountbatten Pier to Jennycliffe Bay, and close around Staddon Beacon to and from sea will be permitted.

 

b. Throughout practice races and main competition, access to/from seaward for small craft to/from the Hamoaze and River Tamar is permitted passing through The Bridge channel.   Vessels should route to the west of Queen’s ground buoy and remain close inshore.

 

c.  Access across the front of Hoe – will be suspended whilst the competing F50s transit to and from the Race Area.  Dependant on the course orientation there may be the opportunity for limited passage across the front of the Hoe whilst the racing is taking place.  Any such transits will be under the strict control of Longroom Port Control. 

 

d.   During periods of restrictions Longroom Port Control will make periodic ‘securite’ broadcasts on VHF Channel 14.  Mariners seeking further information should call ‘Longroom’ on VHF Channel 14 or telephone (01752 836528) before going afloat.  Official Race information will be broadcast by the Sail GP team on VHF Channel 72. 

 

e.   There will be no anchorages available for commercial vessels north of the breakwater for the duration of the event.

 

f.  Large merchant vessel movements will not be permitted whilst the traffic restrictions are in place, without the express permission of Longroom PCS. Small craft may move within spectator areas but are not to encroach on the course. 

 

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

 

13.     Responsible personnel will be stationed in the Sound with the capability to deal with emergency situations on the water.  Incidents between competing vessels will initially be managed by official Sail GP resources.  In the event of any other on water emergency it is to be reported to Longroom Port Control on VHF Channel 14.

 

Longroom will require the following information:

 

Station calling

Nature of the incident

Position of vessel

 

Longroom will then:

 

Acknowledge the caller

Confirm the incident

Alert the required response unit and despatch to the position given.

 

 

14.     Cancel this PLNTM 19 Jul 21.

 

 

 

 

Annexes;

 

A.  Chart Extracts showing Practice Area, Assigned Area and indicative Race Area.

B.  Outline schedule of events.

 

 Annex A

 

CHARTLET SHOWING PRACITCE AREA – THUR 15 JUL – 1300 – 1700

 

 

CHARTLET SHOWING ASSIGNED AREA – FRI 16 – SUN 18 JUL – 1300 – 1700 Daily

The race course shown is indicative and will change on a daily basis dependant on wind direction and strength.  The race area will be marked with Sail GP buoys and patrolled by Sail GP Marshall craft.

 

ANNEX B

 

SAIL GP OUTLINE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Thursday 15 July

1300

Practice Area secured

1315 – 1700

Free practice

 

 

Friday 16 July

By 1300

Race Area boundary markers laid

Marshall vessels on station

1300

Race Area established

1400 - 1530

Practice races

1700

Traffic restrictions end

 

 

 

 

Saturday 17 July

By 1300

Race Area boundary markers laid

Marshall vessels on station

1300

Race Area established

1400 - 1530

Main races

1700

Traffic restrictions end

 

 

Sunday 18 July

 

By 1300

Race Area boundary markers laid

Marshall vessels on station

1300

Race Area established

1430 - 1600

Main races

1700

Traffic restrictions end

 

 

 

 


Monday 12 Jul 2021