2021 Lipton Challenge – Regulation Waiver Clarification

TO:      Commodores of General and Affiliate Members
GYA Executive Committee
GYA Past Commodores
GYA Standing Committee and Council Chairmen
GYA Coordinator of each GYA General Member Club
GYA Associate Members

RE:      Executive Committee Action – 2021 Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge

Many of the GYA clubs are strategizing their Lipton team and the following observation has been brought to the attention of the executive committee.  Regulations 19.5(b), (c) and (d) the text reads “Waived for 2020 and 2021 except for the top 8 finishing clubs in the immediate prior year.”  Given that there was no Lipton in the prior year (2020) the text could be interpreted contrary to its intention.  The problem is the immediate prior year for 2021 is 2020 in which there was no competition.  So, technically, no club finished in the top 8.  Obviously, the intent of this waiver, was for the waiver to not apply to the top 8 of the immediately prior running of the regatta, which for 2021 would be 2019.

It was suggested that the ExCom instruct the Lipton PRO, Nathan Adams, to include a clarification in the NOR stating that the finishes from 2019 will be used in determining which clubs do not qualify for the waiver this year, and by extension, which ones do qualify.

We have solicited input and heard from the Lipton Judges, the GYA Administrative Judge, Capdevielle Committee Chairman, and the Racing Regulations Committee Chairman and all agree that the intent of the phrase “immediate prior year” included in the waivers written into Regulations 19.5 (b), (c) and (d) refers to the immediate prior running of the Lipton.  With no Lipton held in 2020 due to a global pandemic, they agree that to be consistent with the intent of the waiver, the results from 2019 should be used to determine which clubs do and do not qualify for the waiver.  Parliamentarian, Cary Trapani, has stated his opinion that it is within the authority of the ExCom to clarify that, to be consistent with the intent of the waiver, the 2019 results will be used to determine the qualifying clubs in 2021.

Therefore, the following motion has been approved by the GYA Executive Committee:

The GYA Executive Committee has considered the intent of waivers granted in Regulations for Sanctioned Events 19.5 (b), (c) and (d) and directs the Principal Race Officer for the 2021 Lipton Challenge to include, in the appropriate place, in the Notice of Race the following statement:  “For the purpose of applying the waivers granted in GYA Regulations for Sanctioned Events Regulations 19.5(b), 19.5(c) and 19.5(d) the results from the 2019 Lipton Challenge shall be used.”  The Executive Committee further directs the Secretary to notify GYA Member Clubs of the same via email.

Jimmy Ruthven
GYA Commodore

Challenge Cup – POSTPONED

Gulfport Yacht Club, after much discussion, has made the decision to postpone the 2021 GYA Offshore Challenge Cup that was scheduled for this weekend (June 18-20).  Gulfport YC and the Offshore Council are diligently working together for an alternative host date.

Michael Hage

PRO 

Upcoming Events

May 15-16, Spring Regatta, BYC (Sears Cup Quarterfinals / Finn Championship)
Spring Regatta : Buccaneer Yacht Club (regattanetwork.com)

May 22 – 23, Viper 640 Gulf Coast Championship, FYC
Viper 640 Gulf Coast Championship (theclubspot.com)

May 22 – 23, J/24 Rodeo, DIYC
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May 22-23, Full Moon Lake Race, CSA of Lake Pontchartrain
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May 23 – 27, 2021 Catalina 22 National Championship Regatta, PYC
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May 29 -30, Slip to Ship Regatta, OSYC
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May 29-30, Comm. Juby Wynne Memorial One Design Regatta, SYC
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May 29-30, School’s Out Regatta, DIYC
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May 30-31, 52nd Annual Race for the Case, GYC
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June 3-6, RS Aero North American Championship, BWYC
https://www.regattanetwork.com/event/21755

June 5-6, Candler Regatta, FWYC
CandlerRegatta2021NOR.pdf (gya.org)

June 5-11, 2021 Hobie 16 North American Championships, OSYC
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June 10 -13, RS21 North American Championship, LWYC
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June 11-13, Navy Cup Regatta, NYC
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June 11 – 13, Caterwaul Regatta, StABYC
Caterwaul Regatta 2021 : St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club (regattanetwork.com)

June 12-13, School’s Out Regatta, PontYC
School’s Out Regatta 2021 : Pontchartrain Yacht Club (regattanetwork.com)

June 26, 2021 Mobile Yacht Club Great Circle Race, MYC
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July 17, 41st Bikini Regatta & 21st Ladies Trilogy Series, NYC
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July 31– Aug 1 Weatherly Regatta, GYC
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Aug 7-8, Gulf Coast Sportboat Championship / GYA Mallory Qualifier US Sailing
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Aug 21-22, Galloway Regatta GYC
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Sept 3-6, GYA Lipton Centennial, SYC / GYA Semi-Annual Meeting
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Sept 18 -19, Alfonso Regatta & Sutter Cup – Laser D-14 Championship, GYC
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Oct 14 – 17,  J/30 North American Championship, NOYC
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