Dixie Inland Yacht Racing Association







(The race for The Little America's Cup, the oldest

Portsmouth trophy, 45 years and going strong)





Muscle Shoals Sailing Club is proud to host this year's 2007 DIYRA Portsmouth Championship held in conjunction with the Nolan and Helen Richards Regatta.  Muscle Shoals Sailing Club invites all members of U.S. Sailing within the DIYRA jurisdiction and all other skippers and crew to participate in the Nolan

and Helen Richards Regatta, the race for The Little America Cup, to be

held at the Muscle Shoals Sailing Club near Killen, Alabama (Tennessee

River mile marker 271.05).



Come race for the oldest Portsmouth trophy

awarded in the United States!



The event will take place on

Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, 2007.






            Rule 1.1  This regatta will be governed by the Rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2005-2008 (RRS), the Prescriptions of U.S. Sailing, and the appropriate class rules, except as they are modified by this Notice of Race and the sailing instructions, and any amendment thereto.


            Rule 1.2  The regatta is classified as a category "A" event in accordance with RRS, Appendix 1-ISAF advertising code.


            Rule 1.3  Yachts must have sail numbers or identification on their main sail. 


            2.         Eligibility. The DIYRA Portsmouth Championship is open to any member of U.S. Sailing who lives within the DIYRA jurisdiction of Area D of U.S. Sailing or is a member of a club that belongs to DIYRA.  The Nolan and Helen Richards Regatta is open to all sailboats for which the race committee can determine a Portsmouth handicap.  All boats entered in the DIYRA Championship are automatically entered in the Nolan and Helen Richards Regatta.


            3.         Fleets and Handicaps.   For purposes of the DIYRA Portsmouth Championship, the fleets will be broken down into classes of Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, and Dinghy.  For the Nolan and Helen Richards Regatta, all sailboats are combined to determine an overall winner.  The handicap system will be the 2006 Portsmouth yardstick as modified by wind dependent handicap factors.


            4.         Entry Fees.  Entries shall be submitted on the official registration form.  Registration fee is $25.  Make checks payable to "The Muscle Shoals Sailing Club." 


            5.         Registration.   Each Skipper or his representative must report to the Muscle Shoals Sailing Club between 0930 and 1030, Saturday, October 13, 2007 to register and/or complete registration.


6.         Sailing Instructions.   Sailing instructions will be available during registration on Saturday, October 13, 2007.  Amendments to the sailing instructions will be posted at the Muscle Shoals Sail Club by 0830 daily.  It is the responsibility of each competitor to check the official notice board for any amendments or notices. 


            7.         Racing.   The regatta will consist of as many as five (5) races.


            8.         Prizes.  There will be an award for the first three places in each class and recognition and engraving of the winner's name on the Little America's Cup, the oldest Portsmouth trophy awarded in the United States.


            9.  Competitors participate in this regatta entirely at their own risk.  The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage, personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with, prior to, during or after this regatta.  Each Skipper makes his or her own decision whether to participate, continue to participate and/or withdraw.


10.       Scoring.  The series will be scored as provided in Appendix A of the racing rules using the low point system.


11.       Launching, Hauling and Birthing.  Muscle Shoals Sail Club has a new ramp for launching and hauling Dinghies and small draft cruisers (J-24s are probably the largest boats that can be safely launched on the ramp).  Larger boats should launch at either the ramp on Wheeler Lake at Joe Wheeler State Park and lock through to Wilson Lake.  This trip takes approximately 1.5 hours if there is no delay at the lock.  An alternative state launch ramp is downstream on Wilson Lake located near river mile marker 265 on the north shore.  There are no hoists available at the club or the ramps.  Deep water mooring buoys are available and are in front of the club.


12.       Lodging.   Tent camping and RV is permitted on the east end of the clubs grounds.  There is plenty of room. Showers are available in the Club restroom.  For more formal lodging, the Club suggests you contact Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville (800-544-JOEW).


13.       Meals and Provisions.  Muscle Shoals Sail Club will host a dinner Saturday evening. If there is a major college football game scheduled for that night we will endeavor to televise it. The cost of dinner per person is expected to be $15.00.


14.       Directions.   Directions are available on the Muscle Shoals Sail Club website (www.sailmssc.org).


15.       Contact Information.   For more information or questions, contact Willson Jenkins, regatta chairman, 256-764-3941 (day) or 256-766-4634 (evening); or email for quickest response at JJAttorneys@aol.com.




Schedule of Events



Friday, October 12                            1600                Gates open for boat assembly

                                                                                    and parking

Saturday, October 13                       0930                Registration opens

                                                            1100                Skippers meeting

1200                Warning signal for first race, races to follow

1730                Post-race refreshments

1900                Dinner served at Muscle Shoals Sailing Club

Sunday, October 14                          0930                Warning signal for first race,

                                                                                    races to follow, no race will be

                                                                                    started after 1230.



2008 Dixie Inland Yacht Racing Association  Mike Neilson webmaster (mike@mikeneilson.com)