Global Solo Challenge 2023-24 Notice of Event

The Global Solo Challenge 2023-24 (GSC) is a single-handed, non-stop round the world yachting event.

History of amendments

Definitions

Interpretation

Headings are for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation or meaning of the Notice of Event

Unless the context otherwise requires, a reference to one gender shall include a reference to the other genders

In the event of any translations being made this English text will always take precedence

1. Event rules

The Event will take place in accordance with the following:

1.1 The Regulations

1.2 The Notice of Event

1.3 The Sailing Instructions

1.4 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 dispute or uncertainty regarding applicable rules the decisions of the Organiser will be final and binding

2. Advertising Sponsorships and Boat names

2.1 Event entrants will be required to carry Event and /or Event Sponsors and /or Event Partners branding provided by the Organiser including but not limited to the following:

2.2 Boat sponsorship is allowed and no supplement to the entry fee is applicable. The Organiser reserves the right to refuse disallow or disqualify an entry if any publicity promotion or sponsorship by or on behalf of a Boat or Skipper is deemed by the Organiser to be inappropriate or unethical

2.3 The Organiser reserves the right to refuse disallow or disqualify an entry if a name chosen for a Boat to use in the Event is deemed by the Organiser to be inappropriate or unethical in which case the entrant may choose an alternative boat name

3. Eligibility Registration and Fees

3.1 Eligibility

3.1.1 Skippers must be 18 years of age or older by their Event departure date

3.1.2 All Boats Skippers and Boat Owners must hold all licences and registration certificates required by their home country and national authorities. The Organiser reserves the right to require production of written proof of the same from the Skipper and / or Boat Owner

3.1.3 All Boats Skippers and Boat Owners must comply with all applicable laws and regulations of their home country and national authorities. The Organiser reserves the right to require production of written proof of the same from the Skipper and / or Boat Owner

3.1.4 Boats shall be:

Boats not meeting the above criteria may still apply and may be accepted at the sole discretion of the Organiser

3.1.5 Eligibility and compliance with the Rules and Regulations does not constitute any acceptance indication judgement assurance or representation whatsoever by the Organiser of the suitability capacity or fitness of any Boat or Skipper to undertake the Event

3.1.6 The Organiser reserves the right to refuse an entry or cancel a previously accepted entry at its sole discretion

3.1.7 A Boat must be covered by public liability insurance for participation in the Event to a minimum value of €3 million (Euros)

3.2 Registration

3.2.1 Applicants must visit the Application page of the Event Website to complete the initial application form and supply 2 photos of the Boat and the Skipper. Other documentation requirements are set out in Paragraph 5

3.2.2 The closing date for submitting an application is 30th June 2023. Applications after that date may be accepted at the sole discretion of the Organiser subject to payment of a late entry fee of €2500 (plus VAT where applicable) in addition to those detailed in Paragraph 3.3

3.3 Entry fees

3.3.1 An entry fee of €7500 (plus VAT where applicable) is payable according to the following instalment schedule:

€500 (plus VAT where applicable) on application to be listed on the Event Website as a “Full Entry.”
€500 (plus VAT where applicable) by 31 March 2022
€500 (plus VAT where applicable) by 30 June 2022
€500 (plus VAT where applicable) by 30 September 2022
€500 (plus VAT where applicable) by 31 December 2022
€2500 (plus VAT where applicable) by 31 March 2023
€2500 (plus VAT where applicable) by 30 June 2023

3.3.2 “Full Entry” applications received on or after 31 March 2022 must be accompanied by payment of all instalments due as per 3.3.1. as at the date of their entry

3.3.3 It is the sole responsibility of the Skipper to ensure that all instalments of entry fees are received on time by the Organiser. If any entry fee instalments are received late then the Event Organiser may regrettably exclude the relevant Skipper from the Event and treat their entry as having been withdrawn

3.3.4 If the Event Organiser decides it is necessary to limit the number of entries then priority will be give to Applicants based on the date of their initial Full Entry provided that entry fees have been paid in accordance with 3.3.1

3.3.5 Please contact the Organisers to check whether VAT is applicable to your specific situation. Fees are payable online through the Event Website Fees Payment Page

3.4 Entry Fees Refund

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

3.4.2 In the case of cancellation of the Event by the Organiser between 31st December 2021 and the planned Event departures 50% of all entry fees paid directly by entrants to the Organiser will be refunded

3.4.3 If a Skipper who has entered cannot participate in the event for any reason whatsoever he/she cannot not request a refund of fees but may nominate a replacement Skipper who must satisfy all requirements of the Rules Notice of Event and Regulations

3.4.4 If a Skipper withdraws from the Event no entry fees are refundable under any circumstances

3.4.5 If an entrant is not permitted to take part in the Event due to non-compliance with the Rules and / or Notice of Event and / or the Regulations no entry fees are refundable

3.4.6 If an entry is refused by the Organiser for reasons other than non-compliance with the Rules and / or Notice of Event and / or the Regulations then 100% of any entry fees paid directly by the entrant to the Organiser up to that point will be refunded

3.4.7 If the Event is postponed for any reason by more than 14 months relative to the published schedule Skippers and Boats can either remain as entrants or request a refund of 50% of all entry fees paid up to that point by the entrant directly to the Organisers

3.4.8 Entry fees shall only be refundable as expressly provided for above

3.5 What is included in the entry fees

3.5.1 Free berthing for the entered Boat for 7 nights at the departure port prior to the allocated departure for each group

3.5.2 Free berthing for the entered Boat for 2 nights at the finish port

3.5.3 Satellite tracking units, website tracking of the Event and airtime for the Event tracking units

3.5.4 Satellite airtime for any calls made by the Organiser to a Boat’s onboard satellite phone

3.5.5 Bow Event Vinyl

3.5.6 Bow Event Sponsor and / or Event Partner vinyl

3.5.7 Additional Event Event Sponsor and / or Event Partner hull vinyl

3.5.8 Mainsail Event Event Sponsors and /or Event Partner decals diameter of 1.5m positioned above 2nd reef

3.5.9 Event Event Sponsors and/ or Event Partner flags

3.5.10 Boom Event Event Sponsor and / or Event Partner vinyl

3.5.11 Event polo shirt

3.5.12 Pre Groups departures social aperitifs

3.5.13 Pre Own Group departure dinner for Skipper and two guests

3.5.14 Pre-Event Inspection

3.5.15 Post-Event Inspection if required by the Organisers

3.5.16 Monetary prizes (subject to a minimum of 10 entrants departing in the Event)

3.5.17 Trophies for 1st 2nd and 3rd place finishers

3.5.18 Additional items may be included and communicated at a later date

4. Modifications

4.1 Each Skipper must complete on entry in the Event a declaration of any Modifications made to the Boat as at that date

4.2 Each Skipper must complete a further declaration in respect of any Modification to the Boat to be made after entry. Such a declaration must be submitted to the Organiser before the Modification is made

5. Documentation

5.1 By 30th June 2023 each Skipper must supply to the Organiser the following documentation (which must where applicable be valid for the duration of the Event):

a) Epirb registration certificates

b) PLB registration certificates

c) Boat AIS and Personal AIS Beacon registration certificates

d) Completed emergency contacts form (to be supplied by the Organiser) to be used in case of an emergency during the Event

e) Completed information and contacts sheet (to be supplied by the Organiser) 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

f) Copy of public liability insurance policy for the Skipper Boat and Boat Owner for their participation in the Event to a minimum value of €3 million (Euros)

g) Evidence of proficiency in medical care as per Regulation 6.04.1 undertaken within 18 months of the allocated departure in the Event

h) Personal Survival Training course certificate gained at a World Sailing / ISAF Approved centre and undertaken within 18 months of the allocated departure in the Event

i) Liferaft Service certificate indicating a “next service date” later than 31st March 2024

j) A declaration by the Skipper (to be supplied by the Organiser) that he / she is mentally and physically fit and capable to take part in the Event and that he / she has consulted with their doctor or other medical practitioner regarding their mental and physical fitness and capability to do so

k) An IRC Certificate or IRC Endorsed Certificate if required by the Organiser or if one is relied on by the Skipper for the purposes of seeking assignment to a particular group departure

l) If an IRC Certificate or an Endorsed IRC Certificate is required the Skipper must supply a list of all the sails along with their measurements which they intend to carry on board during the Event. Any amendment to this list must be communicated by the Skipper and approved by the Organiser prior to their allocated departure. No sails may exceed the measurements used in obtaining the IRC Certificate or the IRC Endorsed certificate save as provided for by Paragraph 16.2. A declaration of the measurement of the new/different sail by the sailmaker or a measurer authorised by the authority issuing the certificate may be required by the Organiser for sails which may affect the IRC Rating

m) A fully completed completed Waiver Release and Indemnity

n) Written evidence of a satisfactory structural inspection in accordance with Regulation 3.02.2 within 24 months before the allocated departure in the Event or after a grounding whichever is the later along with an independent and suitably qualified surveyor’s written confirmation that any required repairs/works have been carried out to a satisfactory standard

o) If required by the Organiser for the purpose of establishing a Boats compliance with the Regulations written evidence of a survey(s) of any Modifications. Such a survey(s) must have been carried out (at the expense of the Skipper) by an independent and suitably qualified surveyor

p) Written confirmation from a qualified marine electronics professional that the masthead antenna is not less than 38 cm in length and that co-axial feeder cable has not more than 40% power loss as per Regulations 3.25.2.b

q) If applicable written confirmation from a qualified marine electronics professional that the dedicated AIS antenna is not less than 38 cm in length and that co-axial feeder cable has not more than 40% power loss as per GSC Regulations 3.25.12.b

5.2 At the conclusion of the pre-departure Inspection the Skipper must supply to the Organiser the following documentation:

a) A regulation compliance checklist signed by the Skipper and accepted by the Organiser

b) A declaration (to be supplied by the Organiser) signed by the Skipper that there have been no additional Modifications to those previously declared under Paragraph 4.1 and 4.2

c) A declaration (to be supplied by the Organiser) signed by the Skipper that there have been no groundings since the last structural inspection required in 5.1 (n)

d) A time penalty acceptance form (to be supplied by the Organiser) signed by the Skipper if a time penalty has been assigned by the Organiser

5.3 Failure to supply the documentation as specified in Paragraphs 5.1 and 5.2 may result in the disqualification of the Skipper and the Boat from the Event

6. Qualification passage

6.1 All Skippers must have sailed a minimum qualification passage of 2000 nautical miles single-handed and non-stop on the Boat entered in the Event by 30 June 2023 at the latest

6.2 The qualification passage route must be pre-approved by the Organiser

6.3 It is the sole responsibility of the Skipper to submit a proposed qualfication passage and obtain approval from the Organiser. It is strongly recommended that a Skipper allocates sufficient time to make different arrangements for an alternative qualification passage in the Event that the Organiser does not accept the proposed passage or the Skipper fails for any reason to complete a pre-approved passage

6.3 Skippers must provide satisfactory evidence to the Organiser of the completion of the qualification passage by 7 July 2023 at the latest. Failure to complete or provide satisfactory evidence of a pre-approved qualifier will result in disqualification from the Event

7. Departure groups Programme Time limit and Compliance with the Regulations

7.1 Departure groups

7.1.1 Boats will be assigned a group departure by the Organiser based on a boat’s RYA Base number and / or an IRC Rating or Endorsed IRC Rating and / or ORC rating and / or a rating (TCC) applied by the Organiser

7.1.2 The Organiser reserves the right if it sees fit to take any Modifications made to the Boat into account when assigning a departure group

7.1.3 Depending on the number boats entered and their TCC any of the following departures may take place (all 1300 UTC):

Departure DateIndicative TCC
26 Aug 2023Indicative TCC up to 0.890
02 Sep 2023Indicative TCC between 0.891 and 0.930
09 Sep 2023Indicative TCC between 0.931 and 0.970
16 Sep 2023Indicative TCC between 0.971 and 1.010
23 Sep 2023Indicative TCC between 1.011 and 1.050
30 Sep 2023Indicative TCC between 1.051 and 1.090
07 Oct 2023Indicative TCC between 1.091 and 1.130
14 Oct 2023Indicative TCC between 1.131 and 1.170
21 Oct 2023Indicative TCC between 1.171 and 1.210
28 Oct 2023Indicative TCC between 1.211 and 1.250
04 Nov 2023Indicative TCC between 1.251 and 1.290
11 Nov 2023Indicative TCC between 1.291 and 1.330
18 Nov 2023Indicative TCC between 1.331 and 1.370
25 Nov 2023Indicative TCC between 1.371 and 1.410
02 Dec 2023Indicative TCC between 1.411 and 1.450
09 Dec 2023Indicative TCC between 1.451 and 1.490
16 Dec 2023Indicative TCC between 1.491 and 1.530

Additional groups or sub-groups may be defined at the sole discretion of the Organiser

7.1.4 After their group departures all boats will sail in real time without time correction save in respect of any time penalties imposed by the Organiser

7.1.5 If a Skipper disputes his / her Boat’s assigned group departure they may submit to the Organiser before 30 April 2023 an IRC Rating Certificate or an Endorsed IRC Certificate in support of any contention that their Boat should be assigned a different departure group. The Organiser will review the departure group assigned to the Boat in the light of any certificate produced but shall not be bound to reassign. The Organiser’s decision will be final

7.2 Programme

7.2.1 Each Skipper and Boat is required to arrive at the allocated pre-departure berth at least one week before their assigned departure

7.2.2 The Organiser reserves the right to change the above date/times due to weather considerations or extenuating circumstances

7.2.3 The departure and arrival port for the Event is Marina Coruña A Coruña Spain

7.3 Time Limit

7.3.1 The time limit for finishing the Event is 270 days from the first departure date and time

7.4 Compliance with the regulations

7.4.1 Boats must comply with the Regulations. Any non-compliance must be declared by the Skipper by 30th April 2023 or earlier. The Skipper may apply to the Organiser for dispensation from compliance and accept all responsibility and risk associated with any non-compliance. Whether to grant any dispensation shall be at the sole discretion of the Organiser. It is the sole responsibility of the Skipper to ensure they apply for dispensation from compliance and leave enough time to make alternative arrangements in case a dispensation is not granted. Any decision of the Organiser will be final

7.4.2 Any non-compliance that emerges during the Inspection must be explained by the Skipper who may apply to the Organiser for dispensation from compliance and accept all responsibility and risk associated with any non-compliance. Whether to grant any dispensation shall be at the sole discretion of the Organiser. Any decision of the Organiser will be final

7.4.3 Any dispensation granted may at the sole discretion of the Organiser attract a Time Penalty that must be accepted by the Skipper in order to take part in the Event

7.4.4 Unless dispensation is granted by the Organiser a Boat that fails to comply with the Regulations will be automatically disqualified from the Event

8. Sailing instructions

8.1 Sailing Instructions will be published on the Event Website by 23rd August 2023

9. Route

9.1 The route will be an around the world east-about circumnavigation