Welcome to the 31st Annual Langebaan to Saldanha Downwind Dash. This challenge, which is open to windsurfers, kite boarders, Hobie catamarans, SUP's (intermediate and advanced) and Surf Ski (intermediate and advanced) and sailing dinghies, is without doubt the largest gathering of water sport enthusiasts in Africa.
Whether you are competing with your eye on winning the title, or joining family and friends out on the water in this special event, please remember that safety must always remain your primary consideration.
Each competitor will be issued with a numbered vest and an arm band with emergency phone number, which must be worn during the race.
All competitors must attend the mandatory skippers meeting and are responsible for ensuring that they are familiar with these sailing instructions and racing rules.
Although every effort will be made to ensure competitors’ safety, weather and course conditions can deteriorate quickly. The decision to race always remains that of each competit
- Sequence - there will be five separate starts as follows indicating planned start times:
- Catamarans: Beach start – Langebaan main beach – 14:15
- SUP’s and Surfskis: West of Skaapen Island between a start Yacht stationed on the North Western side of Skaapen Island and a marker buoy positioned off the Island – 14:30
- Seeded competitors: Beach start – Langebaan main beach
- 3 Separate demarcated starting camps – 15:00
- Upwind – Windsurfers (Towards Pearlys)
- Centre – Kites
- Downwind – Foiling kites & Foiling Windsurfers
- 3 Separate demarcated starting camps – 15:00
- Windsurfers: Beach start – Langebaan main beach, Foiling Windsurfers in Downwind camp – 15:06
- Kites: Beach start – Langebaan main beach, Foiling Kites in Downwind camp – 15:12
- Start times – Planned start times are as indicated above but may be postponed should weather /course conditions dictate this.
- Postponement of Start – Will be indicated by the Flying of the “AP” Flag (Red & White striped flag). A sound signal, followed by the lowering of this flag, will indicate that a 5 minute countdown for the start will commence in one minute.
- All wind driven craft will be started from the beach in a “Le Mans” style i.e. competitors will line up with board rigged or kite launched and up at the 12 o’clock position at the water’s edge on the beach. Participants that are not in an active start must keep clear and launch kites only when they are due to start after the preceding start has left the beach.
- Start procedure
- A warning signal will be blown and a Yellow preparatory signal flag will be raised on a power boat stationed North of the point of Skaapen Island 5 minutes prior to the start time of the first start.
- A Red preparatory signal flag will be raised on the power boat 1 minute prior to the start time of the first start.
- Each start will be controlled by a jet ski motoring parallel to the beach from South to North. The start will be signaled by the lowering of both the Yellow and Red preparatory flags on the power boat to advise competitors that the race is about to start. Competitors may start behind the Jet Ski as it passes them.
- After the first start, subsequent starts will be at 6 minute intervals. A warning signal will be blown and the Yellow preparatory signal flag will be raised 5 minutes after the previous start to initiate the next start sequence. (See B and C above)
- START AREA CLEAR PRIOR TO START – ALL Competitors are to be off the water before the Red preparatory signal flag is raised. Failure to clear the water will result in the competitor being disqualified from the race.
FALSE STARTS – Any competitor that passes in front of the Jet Ski will be automatically disqualified from the Race.
- START on the North western side of Skaapen Island between a Yacht and a marker Buoy close to the island
- Pass to the west of the end of the iron ore jetty
- FINISH at the Hunters arch on the beach at the Saldanha Beach Sailing Club
- START on the Langebaan beach as detailed in the Start arrangements above
- Mark 1 - A Yacht situated east of the Donkergat peninsular to be rounded to starboard
- Mark 2 - A Yacht situated just off the breakers at the caravan park known as Leentjies Klip to be rounded to port
- Mark 3 - The end of the Iron ore jetty
- Mark 4 - A Yacht situated North West of the end of the Iron ore jetty to be rounded to starboard
- Mark 5 - A Yacht situated East of Mark 4 to be rounded to port
- FINISH off Saldanha Beach sailing club as detailed in the Finish section below
All designated course marks are to be rounded in the correct order and direction according to the course diagram.
All Marker Yachts will be flying large Pink flags from their masts.
Any competitor who does not round all marks in the correct order will be disqualified.
Any competitor passing under the Iron Ore jetty will be disqualified.
A Line between the Finish Yacht (Liberty) which will be stationed off the beach at Saldanha Beach Sailing Club and a mark positioned to the East of the Finish Yacht (mark closest to Yacht).
Competitors are responsible for ensuring that judges on the Finish Yacht can see their race number on the Race Vest. If the number is not visible, the competitor will not be recorded as a finisher.
All competitors who retire must hand in their numbered vest to the rescue craft or finish judge and declare that they have retired. If retired on the beach, phone the number on your ID tag to inform race control of your safety.
Competitors can claim their vests after the race from the timers.
Competitors that are unable to reach the shore should remain with their board and attract the attention of the rescue craft by setting off a flare or waving their arms.
Rescue craft are there to rescue sailors in distress and not to retrieve equipment which will be recovered at the discretion of rescue craft skippers.
If tired after the second leg, do not attempt to continue to Saldanha but go to the beach near Club Mykonos Beach Bar.
Competitors must study the guidelines for what to do in case of having to be rescued, issued at registration.
A maximum cut-off time has been set at the candle of 1h30 after start. Competitors still on the Langebaan side of the candle will be rescued after the cut-off time. The rescue is compulsory and competitors can’t claim the right to complete the remainder of the race.
Any change to the sailing instructions shall be posted on the Official Notice Board no later than 30 minutes before they take effect
Signals made ashore will be displayed at the official flag pole located at the official notice board located on the beach.
Marks will be described on the course diagram on the Official Notice Board. Marks can be touched but not held on to.
Competitors shall compete in compliance with the recognized principles of sportsmanship and fair play
A board / kite / boat has right of way when another one is required to keep clear of her.
On opposite tacks, starboard tack has right of way over port tack.
Contact shall be avoided if reasonably possible.
Direct refereeing will be used by the race committee.
Competitors are strongly advised to wear suitable protective clothing such as a wet suit.
Competitors are strongly advised to wear a life jacket or suitable buoyancy aid and to carry flares.
Competitors MUST either wear a life jacket / buoyancy aid OR a FULL wetsuit (from ankle to wrist)
A Cellphone in waterproof pouch is strongly advised.
SUP / Surfski competitors MUST use a board / paddle leash.
Obey the instructions given by rescue craft crew at all times.
No protests will be accepted by the race committee. The race committee will act as direct referees on the course. The protest committee may take evidence and conduct a protest hearing in any way it considers appropriate and may communicate its decision orally.