NOTICE OF EVENT

GSC-NOE-V1.0 Issued 8TH JANUARY 2021.

GSC_NOE_V1.1 DOWNLOAD PDF Issued 12/01/2021

Modifications since V1.0

12/01/2021 Amendment 1

    • 3.3.4 Entry Fees refund policy
    • 3.3.5 What is included in the entry fees

Global Solo Challenge 2023-2024

The Global Solo Challenge 2023-24 (GSC) is a single-handed, non-stop round the world yachting event with no outside assistance permitted.

EVENT ORGANISERS

The Global Solo Challenge 2023-24 event is organised by the UK registered company Marco Nannini LTD, 3rd floor, 166 College Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 1BH, UK, represented by its managing director Marco Nannini. Please contact us for further information: marco.nannini@globalsolochallenge.com, +393204093306

EVENT WEBSITE

The official website for the Global Solo Challenge 2023-2024 is https://globalsolochallenge.com.

1. RULES

1.1 All applicable laws issued by the boat’s national flag or home country

1.2 All documents, communications, updates and amendments issued by the Event Organisers on the event Website

1.3 Global Solo Challenge 2023-24 Regulations, and any Amendments thereof, as published on the event website

1.4 This Notice of Event and any Amendments thereof

1.5 International Regulations for Avoiding Collisions at Sea (COLREGS)

1.6 IMO rules for the prevention of pollution at sea

1.7 In the event of uncertainty regarding applicable event rules the decisions of the Event Organisers is final

1.8 All Event Rules and Regulations are written in English, in the event of any translations being made English text will always take precedence

2. ADVERTISING; SPONSORSHIPS AND BOAT NAMES

2.1 Event entrants will be required to carry event and event sponsors branding provided by the organisers including, but not limited to the following places:

    • Bow event vinyl
    • Bow event sponsor vinyl
    • Additional event or event sponsor hull vinyl
    • Mainsail event or event sponsors decals diameter of 1.5m positioned above 2nd reef
    • Event or event sponsors flags in port and for the first and last 30 nautical miles of the event
    • Boom event or sponsor event vinyl

2.2 Sponsorship is allowed and no supplement to the entry fee is applicable. Publicity in any form of any entity including, but not limited to, sponsors may be refused on ethical grounds.

2.3 Organisers reserve the right to refuse, on ethical grounds, any given boat name chosen for the event in which case the entrant must choose an alternative boat name.

3. ELIGIBILITY, REGISTRATION AND FEES

3.1 ELIGIBILITY

3.1.1 Entrants must be 18 years of age or older by the event start date

3.1.2 Boats shall be:

      • Production boats built prior to ~2005 preferably with a minimum series of 20 units;
      • LOA between ~ 35 and 50ft;
      • IRC rating below ~1.25;
      • Minimum displacement of ~ 5500kgs (may vary for some designs);
      • Minimum dipl./loa ratio of between ~ 150 and 250 (may vary for some designs);

3.1.3 Boats not meeting the above criteria may still apply and may be accepted at the sole discretion of the Event Organisers. Boats must be original, unmodified models. For any past or proposed boat modifications see point 7.3 of the GSC Regulations.

3.1.4 The entry parameters and compliance with the Applicable Rules and GSC Regulations are no indication whatsoever of the safety or suitability of any given boat to undertake the proposed navigation. Such consideration is the sole responsibility of the person in charge.

3.1.5 The organisers reserve the right to refuse an entry or cancel a previously accepted entry at their sole discretion.

3.1.6 Participants must have public liability policy for their participation in the event and for the boat, to a minimum value of €3 million (Euros)

3.1.7 Participants undertake this event at their own risk and peril and under their own responsibility. Each participant must sign an indemnity form which will indemnify the event organisers and any person associated with the event from any liability arising from their entry in the event.

3.2 REGISTRATION

3.2.1 Applicants must visit the Application page of the official Website to complete the initial application for and supply 2 photos of the boat and the skipper. All other requirements are detailed in the “Documentation to be submitted” section of this document.

3.3 ENTRY FEES

3.3.1 A non-refundable entry fee of €7500 (plus VAT where applicable) is payable according to the following schedule:

      • 1st instalment of €500 (plus VAT where applicable) upon submitting a formal entry application (“Registered Entrant”);
      • 2nd instalment of €2000 (plus VAT where applicable) by December 31st 2021 “Full Entry”;
      • 3rd instalment of €2500 (plus VAT where applicable) by September 30th 2022;
      • A final instalment of €2500 (plus VAT where applicable) by June 30th 2023.

3.3.2 Applicants considering the event may apply to be listed on the site as “Early Applicants” with a limited profile page to aid in their search for funding. In this case, an admin fee of €100 (plus VAT where applicable) is payable to be listed before a full formal entry application is submitted. A personal entrant page is created for each applicant. Early applicants listings are removed after 30th September 2021. The early applicant admin fee is deducted from the 1st instalment fee.

3.3.3 Please contact the organisers to check whether VAT is applicable to your specific situation. Fees are payable online through the website Fees Payment Page, alternatively contact the organisers for bank transfer details (see documentation).

3.3.4 Entry Fees refund policy

3.3.4.1 In case of Event cancellation by the Organisers before 31st December 2021, 75% of all entry fees paid directly by entrants to the Organisers will be refunded.

3.3.4.2 In the case of Event cancellation between 31st December 2021 and the planned Event start, 50% of all entry fees paid directly by entrants to the Organisers will be refunded.

3.3.4.3 If an entrant cannot participate in the event for any reason whatsoever he/she can nominate a replacement skipper that must satisfy all entry requirements (including the qualification passage) set out in the Global Solo Challenge Regulations, but cannot request a refund of entry fees in lieu.

3.3.4.4 If an entrant withdraws completely from the event no entry fees are refunded under any circumstances.

3.3.4.5 If an entrant is not permitted to start the Event due to non-compliance with the Event Regulations, no entry fees are refunded.

3.3.4.6 If an entry is refused by the organisers for reasons other than non-compliance to the Notice of Event and/or the GSC Regulations, then 100% of the entry fees are refunded to the entrant.

3.3.4.7 If the event is postponed, for any reason, by more than 60 days relative to the published schedule, participants can either remain as entrants of the postponed event or request a refund of 50% of all entry fees paid to that point by the entrant directly to the organisers.

3.3.5 What is included in the entry fees:

3.3.5.1 Free, 30 minute telephone consultation with Josh Hall on proposed modification for a boat to comply with GSC Regulations

3.3.5.2 Free berthing for the entered yacht for 7 nights at the start port prior to the allocated start for each group

3.3.5.3 Free berthing for the entered yacht for 2 nights at the finish port

3.3.5.4 Satellite tracking units, website tracking of the Event, airtime for the Event tracking units

3.3.5.5 Satellite airtime for any calls made by the Organisers to an entrant’s on board satellite phone

3.3.5.6 Bow event sponsor vinyl

3.3.5.7 Additional event or event sponsor hull vinyl

3.3.5.8 Mainsail event or event sponsors decals diameter of 1.5m positioned above 2nd reef

3.3.5.9 Event or event sponsors flags

3.3.5.10 Boom event or sponsor event vinyl

3.3.5.11 Event polo shirt

3.3.5.12 Pre-start social aperitif

3.3.5.13 Pre-start dinner for skipper and two guests

3.3.5.14 Pre-start GSC Regulations boat inspection

3.3.5.15 Monetary prizes (subject to a minimum of 10 entrants)

3.3.5.16 Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers

3.3.5.17 Additional items may be included in the list and communicated at a later date

4. Documentation to be submitted

4.1 Each Entrant must hold all licences and registration certificates required by their national authority, which includes any personal sailing licences and vessel registration certificates that may be required by the boat’s flag national authority.

4.2 If not already covered by the above, each entrant must supply by 30th June 2023 the following documentation:

    • Epirb registration certificates
    • PLB registration certificates
    • AIS Beacon registration certificate
    • Completed emergency contacts form (supplied by the organisers) to be used in case of an emergency during the Event
    • Completed Boat information and contacts sheet (supplied by the organisers) which will include data such as Satellite Phone Numbers, email address used during the Event, MMSI, Call Sign, Registered boat name, Boat name during the Event
    • Copy of public liability policy for the applicant participation in the event and for the boat, to a minimum value of €3 million (Euros)
    • Evidence of proficiency in medicale care as per GSC Regulations 6.05.1 undertaken within 18 months of the start of the race.
    • Personal Survival Training course certificate gained at a World Sailing / ISAF Approved centre undertaken within 18 months of the start of the race
    • Liferafts revision certificates indicating a “next revision date” later than 31st March 2024
    • Personal or Boat radio Licence in accordance with the boat’s Flag national regulations
    • GMDSS Certificate for operating DSC VHF Radios if required by the boat’s Flag national regulations
    • Declaration from the participant’s doctor or an equivalent declaration that they are medically fit to take part in the event
    • IRC Endorsed Certificate – this only if and IRC Endorsed certificate was requested by the organisers in the group start allocation decision (boats that were required to supply an IRC Endorsed certficate which fail to do by 30th June 2023 will start within the group determined by the organisers)
    • If an Endorsed IRC Certificate was required, the participant must also supply a list of all the sails with their measures, they intend to carry on board during the event, any amendment to this list must communicated by the participant and approved by the organisers prior to the start of the event
    • Global Solo Challenge indemnity form supplied by the organisers signed by the person in charge
    • Evidence of a structural inspection in accordance with GSC Regulations 3.02.2 within 24 months before the start of the event or after a grounding whichever is the later
    • Independent survey(s) of boat modifications if so required by organisers in the process of approval of a boat’s compliance with said GSC Regulations
    • Attestation of this from a qualified marine electronics professional that the masthead antenna is not less than 38 cm (15”) in length and that co-axial feeder cable has not more than 40% power loss as per GSC Regulations 3.29.2.b
    • If applicable, attestation of this from a qualified marine electronics professional that the dedicated AIS antenna is not less than 38 cm (15”) in length and that co-axial feeder cable has not more than 40% power loss as per GSC Regulations 3.29.13.b
    • Evidence of payment of any outstanding entry fees
    • Additionally, no later than 72 hours before the allocated group start
    • Boat’s GSC Regulations compliance checklist signed by the participant and the person representing the organisers, approved and accepted by the Event Director
    • Organisers liability waiver form signed by the person in charge for any non compliance to the GSC Regulations which was approved and accepted by the Event Director
    • Time Penalty acceptance form signed by the person in charge in such cases where a Time Penalty was assigned by the organisers to the entrant prior to the start of the Event

5. QUALIFICATION PASSAGE

5.1 All applicants must have sailed a minimum passage of 2000 nautical miles single-handed on the boat entered in the event by the time of their start.

5.2 The qualification passage route must be pre-approved by the organisers and all applicants must discuss their intended qualification with the organisers.

5.3 Any other circumstance must be submitted to the organisers for consideration.

6. START GROUPS AND PROGRAMME

6.1 Event start groupings

6.1.1 Based on a boat’s RYA Base number, an Endorsed IRC Rating or a rating applied by the Event Organisers, it is envisaged six group starts will be given:

      • Group Super-Zero with base number above 1.091 – 1.25;
      • Group 0 boats with base number 1.051 – 1.090;
      • Group 1 boats with base number 1.011 – 1.050;
      • Group 2 boats with base number 0.971 – 1.010;
      • Group 3 boats with base number 0.940 – 0.970;
      • Group 4 boats with base number below 0.940.

6.1.2 After their group starts all boats will sail in real time without time correction.

6.1.3 If an entrant has any questions about their rating/group start they must discuss with the Organisers and may be asked to provide a 2023 Endorsed IRC Rating Certificate

6.2 Programme

6.2.1 Each participant is required to arrive at the allocated pre-start berth one week before the start. Starting port and berthing arrangements, including free pre-event berthing, will be communicated on the event website in due course.

6.2.2 The programme of social events and mandatory skipper’s pre-start briefing(s) will be published on the website in due course.

6.2.3 If all starts are given then they will be as follows (times are UTC):

      • 2th September 2023 at 1300 hrs for boats in group 4;
      • 9th September 2023 at 1300 hrs for boats in group 3;
      • 16th September 2023 at 1300 hrs for boats in group 2;
      • 23th September 2023 at 1300 hrs for boats in group 1;
      • 30th September 2023 at 1300 hrs for boats in group 0;
      • 28th October 2023 at 1300 hrs for boats in Super-Zero group.

6.2.4 Event Organisers reserve the right to change the above date/times due to weather considerations or extenuating circumstances

6.2.5 The time limit for finishing the event is 1200hrs UTC on 16th June 2024

6.2.6 The start and finish ports will be announced by Organisers by 1st December 2022

7. BOAT DESIGN, EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY

7.1 Boats must be original, unmodified models. For any past or proposed boat modifications see point 7.3 of the GSC Regulations.

7.2 Boats must comply with the GSC Regulations. Any non-compliance must be declared by the participant and discussed with the organisers to obtain dispensation and approval to take part in the Event by the Event Director.

7.3 Any non-compliance that emerges during the boat safety inspection must be explained, discussed and approved by the Event Director to obtain dispensation, which is at the sole discretion of the Event Director.

7.4 The Event Director reserves the right to refuse dispensation from any point of the GSC Regulations and in such event the participant is refused the right to participate in the Event.

7.5 Additionally, any non-compliance with the GSC Regulations may, at the sole discretion of the Event Director, attract a Time Penalty that must be accepted by the participant in order to take part in the Event.

7.6 Compliance with the GSC Regulations issued by the organisers does not in any way constitute an indication of the suitability of a boat or skipper to take part in the event – this is the sole responsibility of each participant. Starting or continuing the event is the sole responsibility of the person in charge on each boat.

8. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

8.1 Sailing Instructions will be published on the Event website by 31st August 2023

9. ROUTE

9.1 The GSC route is an around the world east-about circumnavigation. The start and finish ports will be on the Eastern side of the North Atlantic. Entrants must leave “The Antarctic Region” to starboard and the three Great Capes to port before making their way to the finish line. “The Antarctic Region” will be defined in the Sailing Instructions.

10. RANKINGS

10.1 Ranking at the end of the event is determined by finishing position on the water at the time of arrival at the finish line.

10.2 The Organisers will endeavour to serve any time penalty whilst an entrant is still at sea with the exception of any non-compliance or violation that may come to light after an entrant has crossed the finish line. If this is impossible the time penalty will be applied to the entrant’s finish time, which may affect their finishing position.

11. PRE-EVENT INSPECTIONS

11.1 Each participant must make himself and the boat available for the pre-event GSC Regulations inspections from at least 7 days before their start and until the inspection has completed satisfactorily. The organisers will allocate and communicate a date and time when the GSC Regulation inspections will take place.

11.2 Participants who are not available for GSC Regulations for boat inspections for valid reasons must inform the Event Organisers as soon as possible so that an alternative time for the GSC Regulations Inspection can be arranged.

11.3 Any boat that starts in the Event without having completed and obtained successful approval of their pre-event GSC Regulations boat inspection is automatically disqualified from the event.

12. OBLIGATORY PRESENCE, INTERVIEWS AND IMAGE RIGHTS

12.1 Organisers reserve the right to request the presence of skippers and/or boats for certain, reasonable promotional purposes. There will be sufficient and reasonable notice given on any such request.

12.2 All participants must make themselves available for a minimum of 2 interviews, recorded online, prior to arrival at the start port and must make themselves available for in-person interviews and photo-shoots during the week prior to their start.

12.3 The 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed finishers must make themselves available for interviews for a minimum of 1 hour duration after docking at their podium finisher berth at the post event marina and must remain available for additional media engagements for at least 72 hours after their arrival.

12.4 All other arrivals must make themselves available for a minimum of 1 hour after arrival and docking at the end of the event.

12.5 Entrants give the unreserved right to use any photo or video taken by the entrant or the organiser for promotion of the event.

13. TRACKING

13.1 Each entrant will be provided with two mandatory event satellite trackers. One unit will be activated prior to the start, the second unit will act as a spare and must be activated on request by the organisers if required.

13.2 A deposit of €1,500 for the value of these trackers, will be placed by each entrant with the Organisers. This deposit will be repaid upon safe return of the trackers after the Event.

14. EVENT COMPLETION

14.1 Event participants must sail single-handed, non-stop and without assistance at sea for the duration of the event to qualify as finishers. However, given the typical high level of attrition and retirements during round-the-world sailing events, several exceptions are made.

14.2 Pulling into port

14.2.1 Event participants may stop for repairs at any point during the event, by pulling into port. However, a participant must then observe a minimum 96 hours time penalty before resuming sailing.

14.2.2 Participants pulling into port must also satisfy the organisers that they are still in a position to round Cape Horn by 31st March 2024 if they resume the event.

14.2.3 The event organisers reserve the right to demand that any imposed time penalty is observed at sea after the penalised entrant has rounded Cape Horn.

14.2.4 Any type of assistance at sea, such as embarking provisions; sails; repair materials; fuel or anything else en-route is not allowed.

14.2.5 A participant wishing to embark repair materials; provisions; sails or anything else or needing outside assistance for repairs can only do so by pulling into a port or anchorage and observing any time penalty imposed by Organisers.

14.3 Time penalties

14.3.1 The Event Organisers may impose a time penalty following an Event Sailing Instruction violation; GSC Regulations non-compliance that emerged during pre-event boat inspection and which was not previously disclosed and for which dispensation was obtained or upon receiving outside assistance.

14.3.2 Any imposed time penalty at sea must be completed within a set time limit without making any advance towards the finish line. Time penalties ashore mean a participant who has stopped in a port or anchorage cannot resume sailing in the event before the minimum penalty time has elapsed.

15. MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

15.1 Event participants may receive any type of medical assistance at sea or by pulling into port both from other competitors or persons embarking the vessel. There are no time penalties for bona fide medical assistance.

16. WEATHER ROUTING

16.1 External Weather Routing is permitted.

17. MOTORING

17.1 Engines shafts will not be sealed and motoring is permitted, except when a boat is within 500 miles of the finish line. A maximum fuel allowance is specified in GSC Regulations 3.28.3.c

18. SAILS AND STACKING

18.1 For boats not required to provide an Endorsed IRC certificate, any number of sails of any material are allowed to be carried on board for the event.

18.2 For boats which are required to provide an Endorsed IRC certificate, any number of sails of any material are allowed on board for the event, but any sail carried must not exceed the measurements of the sails provided in obtaining the IRC Certificate.

18.3 As an exception, any Code sails will be regarded as downwind sails and not as a head sails for boats sailing under Endorsed IRC certificate, even if they do not meet the downwind sail shape rules set by IRC.

18.4 Stacking of sails and other equipment that is not required to be permanently secured is permitted.

19. CHARTS AND PUBLICATIONS

19.1 A list of minimum mandatory paper navigational charts must be carried.

19.2 Lights List and any other publications required to be carried on board for the Event will be published on Event website by 30th September 2022.

20. PROTESTS

20.1 The Racing Rules of Sailing do not apply during Global Solo Challenge and no racing protest procedure will be in place.

20.2 Complaints can be submitted in writing to the Organisers. A formal and final response will be given to all complaints and made public.

21. PRIZES and PRIZE GIVING

21.1 The following prizes will be awarded to the first three finishers of the event:

    • 1st Place: €7500
    • 2nd Place: €5000
    • 3rd Place: €2500

21.2 These monetary prizes are subject to a minimum of 10 confirmed entrants in the event

21.3 Additional monetary and non-monetary prizes may be added at the Organiser’s discretion.

21.4 The prize-giving time and location will be announced on the Event website before the start of the Event.

22. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ORGANISERS AND COMPETITORS

22.1 Skippers participate in the event at their own risk and fully accept that choosing to do so is their own responsibility. It is the sole responsibility of each skipper to decide whether or not to take the start of the event or continue with it, as regards his or her competence, the equipment at their disposal, the wind strength, the weather forecasts, etc. Any information that any member of the Organisers is in a position to provide before or during the event, for example a gale warning, will constitute one detail among others upon which the skipper may base his or her decision without the Organisers being accountable.

22.3 The responsibility of the Organisers and its partners is limited to ensuring the smooth running of the event; any further responsibility that the Organisers may agree to would have to be contractual and explicit. Further more, any checks the Organisers undertake, shall have the sole aim of ensuring that the current race rules and documents have been adhered to.

23. AMENDMENTS

23.1 The Organisers reserve the right to amend any and all event instructions, requirements and documentation, details of which will be published on the Event website.


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