Cirripedia Cup Policy and Rules
(Barnacle) Cup is established to promote yacht racing among cruising yachts
whose owners or skippers are members of the following sailing organizations:
Cocoa Beach Yacht
East Coast Sailing Association (ECSA)
Eau Gallie Yacht Club (EGYC)
Indian River Yacht Club (IRYC)
Melbourne Yacht Club (MYC)
Titusville Yacht Club (TYC)
Kennedy Point Yacht Club (KPYC)
The Cirripedia Cup is
a perpetual trophy which can be won and temporarily retained by one of the above
organizations. The organization having possession of the Cup shall retain it
until losing it to another of the above organizations as a result of a challenge
race, or the annual ECSA River Challenge Regatta.
organization having possession of the Cup shall display it in a prominent
location at their club. If the ECSA holds the Cup, the Commodore will take
custody of the Cup and shall display it at the regular monthly meetings.
organization which wins the Cup will have its initials (shown above), and the
year it was won, engraved on the base of the Cup. The engraving will be in
capital letters, on quarter inch high and be of the same type face as those
suitable celebration and recognition ceremony will be held following the
challenge race. The host organization will be responsible for the arrangements.
The current holder of
the Cup may be challenged to defend the Cup as follows:
- Club to Club
Challenge - Any of the above participating clubs may challenge the current
holder of the Cup at any time. Once such a valid challenge is in process, no
other club may issue a challenge until the challenge in process is resolved.
- Open Regatta
Challenge - Each of the participating organizations shall declare each year
one or more of its regattas as a Cirripedia Cup “Open Challenge Regatta”. The
declaration shall be made at the annual ECSA schedule coordination meeting.
The Open Challenge Regattas shall be listed in the ECSA Yearbook.
- Annual ECSA
River Regatta - At the Annual ECSA River Challenge Regatta, the current holder
of the Cup will defend the Cup against a challenge from any or all of the
above participating organizations.
- A challenge race
or regatta (2 or more races) normally shall not be less than twelve (12)
nautical miles. The course shall be set by the host club. A challenge race or
regatta sailed on a shortened course for safety reasons shall be a valid
- A minimum of
four yachts shall constitute a valid challenge or defense fleet. Unless
otherwise agreed to prior to racing, the four (4) yachts to be scored shall be
selected as follows:
The first boat scored from each Club shall be the best scoring boat from
the “C” fleet (Displacement Hull, Non-Spinnaker).
The second boat scored from each Club shall be the best scoring “B” fleet boat
(Displacement Hull, Spinnaker).
The third boat scored from each Club shall be the best scoring “A” fleet
boat (Planing Hull, Spinnaker, J-24, L-28, L-24, etc.).
The fourth boat scored from each Club shall be the best scoring sport boat (Melges
24, Viper, etc.).
If a boat from a particular division is not available, a boat from a lower
ladder rung may be substituted. A “C” boat may always be substituted for any
class of boat missing from the Club’s roster. A “B” class boat may be
substituted for an “A” or sport boat, but not for a missing “C” class boat.
An “A” class boat may be substituted for missing sport boat, but not for a
missing “C” or “B” boat. A sport boat may not be substituted for any of the
other classes of boats, unless mutually agreed by the challenging and
defending clubs prior to racing.
- USSA Yacht
Racing Rules, as amended by the host’s racing instructions, shall govern the
challenge race or regatta. It is not the intent of the Cup competition to
foster team racing. The USSA team racing rules shall not apply.
- A skipper with
multiple affiliations, i.e., a member of more than one of the participating
organizations, may sail for any organization to which he or she belongs, but
is encouraged to sail in the Cup’s defense when his or her club holds the Cup.
- Notice of
- A valid “Notice of Challenge” shall:
Be signed by the challenging fleet captain.
b. Be emailed or mailed to the postal address of the club holding the Cup,
attention to the fleet captain.
c. List the proposed challenging fleet, including the following:
Each Skipper's name
Each Yacht's name and type (model designation)
Each Yacht's rating as set forth on the yacht's rating certificate as issued
by the ECSA rating committee
A final list of the challenging fleet will be presented on the day of the
race, prior to the Skipper's Meeting
- Acknowledgement of a Challenge:
a. Club to Club Challenge
- The defending Club shall acknowledge the
challenge within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the challenge.
The acknowledgement shall include:
The date of receipt of the Challenge notice.
The fleet data called for in 1.c above.
The date and location of the challenge race, which shall be not later than
45 days from the date of receipt of the Challenge Notice.
If the race is cancelled on the race day at the discretion of the defender
because of safety considerations, the race shall be re-scheduled within
If the acknowledgement of the challenge is not issued within fourteen (14)
days of receipt of the challenge notice, or the challenge race is not sailed
within the time limits specified above, the defending organization shall
forfeit the Cup to the challenging organization.
final list of the defending fleet shall be presented on the day of the race
before the Skipper’s Meeting.
b. Open Challenge Regatta
- At the Skipper’s Meeting, the defending club shall furnish all challengers
with the fleet data called for in 1.c. above. All challengers shall make
available to the defender and to all other challengers, the required updated
an “Open Challenge Regatta” of the Club that possesses the Cirripedia Cup, any
other Yacht Club may challenge at the Skipper’s Meeting, but must at that time
provide a list of the challenge fleet, including skipper’s names, yachts, and
the Cup is in the possession of a Club other than the Host Club of the “Open
Challenge Regatta”, the Club in possession of the Cup is not obligated to
defend at that “Open Challenge Regatta”. The Club in possession of the Cup
may elect to accept an invitation, but is not
designated Open Challenge Regatta is cancelled or abandoned at the discretion
of the defending club, based on safety considerations, all challenges are null
c. ECSA Annual River Regatta
– Seven (7) days before the race date, the defender and all challengers shall
mail to the ECSA race chairman the data required per 1.c. above.
ECSA Race Chairman shall provide a summary of the foregoing data to the fleet
captain of the defender and all challengers.
Yachts registered after the seven (7) day deadline will be eligible to
participate in the defense or challenge as add-ons to the named team of four
(4) or more.
the annual ECSA River Challenge is cancelled or abandoned at the discretion of
the race chairman because of safety considerations, all challenges are null
Determination of the Winning Organization:
Corrected times for each yacht competing in a challenge will be computed using
the correct ECSA Rating Committee system. The sum of corrected times for the
lowest scoring boats from each of the four (4) fleet types will be computed.
The Organization having the lowest corrected sum shall be declared the winner.
registered in the challenge fleet, not finishing (DNF) will be given a corrected
time equal to the corrected time of the last yacht competing for the Cup which
does finish, plus one minute.
yacht which is disqualified will be given a corrected time of the last competing
yacht which finished, plus two minutes.
eligible to participate in the defense or challenge of the Cup, a yacht must be
owned wholly or in part by a member of the yacht club it represents. At a
regatta, the yacht shall be registered in the name of the owner of the yacht
with the yacht club membership. He/she, or a member of the immediate family,
shall skipper the yacht. The skipper shall decide all crew assignments.
Approval and Changes of the Cirripedia Cup Policy and Rules:
East Coast Sailing Association is responsible for coordinating all matters
relating to the Cup.
least once a year, and not less than 30 days before the annual ECSA scheduling
coordinating meeting, the Cirripedia Cup coordination representative shall
contact the current fleet captain, or designee, for each participating
organization and ascertain if there is any need to make changes to the Policy
and Rules. If so indicated, he will convene a meeting of the participating
organizations to resolve the changes suggested.
Policies and Rules will be established and/or changed by a majority of the
representatives of the participating organizations listed above.
is the updated version of the The Cirripedia Cup Policies and Rules as agreed
upon by all the participating yacht clubs in Brevard County.
you to the various fleet captains and/or Cirripedia Cup representatives who have
responded on behalf of their yacht clubs.
is now the official policies and rules for the Cirripedia Cup until such time as
further changes may be voted upon by the fleet representatives.