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«Challenge du Rhum» instructions

  • A. Race Description

    • 1. «Challenge du Rhum» is a timed challenge(a race against the clock). Final ranking is not made according to the finishing order of competitors, but on the basis of the time elapsed completing the course: the fastest time will receive the highest ranking.
    • 2. «Challenge du Rhum» will start at 13:00:00 GMT on Tuesday December 09 2014.
    • 3. The start line has closed on Saturday December 31 2016.
    • 4. «Challenge du Rhum» has a difficulty rating of 2.
  • B. General Instructions

    • 1. Competitors will compete in virtual MAXI-TRIMARAN XL class boats.
    • 2. To complete the race, competitors must pass through all race gates in the correct manner and order. Competitors must also pass the Ice Gate correctly (see section Start, Race Gates and Finish for more details)
    • 3. There are no restrictions on the way for to take to link up two gates.
    • 4. Each gate is validated when a competitor’s boat cuts the line linking the two gate buoys. (In the game viewer the gate’s color will change from green to red once validated).
    • 5. Competitors can re-start the race at any time. If a competitor restarts before completing the course no time will be logged and his/her boat will be deleted and put back to the Start.
    • 6. If a competitor has finished the race, his/her race time will be logged, saved in the TOP RANKING.
    • 7. If a competitor finishes the race several times, all his/her time courses are saved, kept and listed in the(Top Ranking)
    • 8. All LiveSkipper times are UTC (GMT).
    • 9. Race registration will open on Tuesday December 09 2014 at 13:00:00 GMT.
    • 10. Competitors must register to take part in the race.
    • 11. By completing the registration process competitors agree to abide by the rules (laid out here) and the decisions of the race committee (see section Race Committee).
    • 12. «Challenge du Rhum» will start at 13:00:00 GMT, Tuesday December 09 2014.
    • 13. Competitors are free to start this challenge at any time within the period of the event.
  • C. Concerning missed gates

    • 1. It is a competitor’s responsibility to ensure that all gates are passed correctly. A competitor who has missed a gate has the option to return to it and pass through it correctly to validate the gate.
    • 2. Where it can be shown that a competitor passed through a gate and for some reason the gate did not validate itself, manual validation is possible by request.
    • 3. Any competitor who completes the course without validating all of the gates will not be given a final ranking for the race.
  • D. Start, Race Gates and Finish

    • 1. Start point (A) : Pointe du Grouin ==> 48°44′21.12″N / 1°49′38.71″W
    • 2. To be validated:
      Gate NameBuoy 1 (Lat/Long)Buoy 2 (Lat/Long)Passed
      Race Gate (B)Bouee du Cap Frehel48°43′49.08″N / 2°19′40.26″W48°41′17.16″N / 2°19′5.41″WEast -> West
      Race Gate (C)Ilot de la Tete a l'Anglais17°6′38.52″N / 62°33′41.40″W16°21′58.68″N / 61°46′47.64″WNortheast -> Southwest
      Race Gate (D)Basse terre15°57′51.48″N / 61°47′46.32″W15°59′55.68″N / 61°44′1.68″WNorthwest -> Southeast
      Finish (E)Pointe a Pitre16°9′24.84″N / 61°28′52.32″W16°8′4.20″N / 61°31′54.48″WSoutheast -> Northwest
  • E. Race Committee

    • 1. Any decision by the race committee is final and binding.
    • 2. The race committee for «Challenge du Rhum» will be:
      • Race Director : Charles-Edouard Ray (BeTomorrow)
      • Race Administrator : Romain Lagorsse (BeTomorrow)
  • F. Weather

    • 1. The weather applied to the boats is updated in the game every 3 hours, 24 hours-a-day on the following schedule: 06:00 UTC – 09:00 UTC – 12:00 UTC – 15:00 UTC – 18:00 UTC – 21:00 UTC – 00:00 UTC – 03:00 UTC.
    • 2. The weather is downloaded from the NOAA's website every 6 hours, and applied to the forecasts in the game at around: 04:50 UTC, 10:50 UTC, 16:50 UTC and 22:50 UTC. These updates do not modify the current weather applied to boats.
    • 3. The weather forecasts can be directly downloaded from the game webpage, in particular on the race page. It is a GRIB1 file which can be read by Ugrib, Viperfish, zyGrib, or any other reader of GRIB1 files.
  • G. Documentations

  • H. Contacts

    • 1. Competitors can contact their SuperSkipper or the LiveSkipper administrators by mean of the public forum. The LiveSkipper administrators can also be contacted by using the “Contact us” tab on the LiveSkipper homepage.

      Good luck to all who take part in «Challenge du Rhum» !

      The LiveSkipper Team.