Americas Cup Plymouth Local Notice to Mariners

Thursday, 01 September 2011


PLYMOUTH LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS 23/11 PLYMOUTH SOUND

AMERICA’S CUP CHALLENGER SERIES

10 - 18 SEPTEMBER 2011

INTRODUCTION

1. This is a direction by the Queen’s Harbour Master Plymouth pursuant to the Dockyard Port of Plymouth Order 1999.

2. The Water Events Diary 2011 gave early notice of the America’s Cup Challenger Series. This PLNTM gives information of timings, course and spectator areas and directs mariners accordingly. It is fundamental for port, vessel and personal safety.

3. The America’s Cup Challenger Series will take place in Plymouth Sound over the period 10 – 18 September 2011.The 9 AC 45 catamarans competing will operate from Millbay Inner Basin, transiting to and from the Sound for practice and racing. They require a significant amount of sea room.

4. All vessels are to manoeuvre in accordance with the International Rules for Prevention of Collision at Sea.

Non-competitors are to give competitors a wide berth when ever possible.

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

5. To ensure vessel and personal safety within the Port, the following traffic restrictions will apply during the closed periods 1300-1730 daily (See chart extract):

a. Restricted Area - allocated to official craft and competitors 1300 to 1730.

b. Spectator Areas - allocated to spectator craft.

c. Vessels may anchor in Cawsand Bay without restriction but are to keep Longroom informed of their intentions via VHF Channel 14.

d. Small vessels which require to enter/leave Plymouth between 1300 and 1730 may do so either via the Eastern Channel or via the Western Channel keeping clear of the Restricted Area.

MARSHALLING CRAFT/OFFICIAL POLICING CRAFT

6. Marshalling craft will fly a distinguishing America’s Cup flag. They will patrol the restricted area to assist with the compliance of this Notice. Official Policing craft (Blue lights, QHM, MOD Police) will direct vessels that ignore the invitation of official America’s Cup Marshal Vessels to remain clear of the restricted area. Mariners are reminded that failure to comply with official direction by the Officers of the Queen’s Harbour Master, Cattewater Harbour Master, Sutton Harbour Lock keepers and MOD Police Officers, may result in prosecution.

SPECTATOR AREAS

7. No unauthorised craft are permitted inside of the America’s Cup course as outlined on the accompanying chartlet; this area is reserved for safety and other event craft.

8. Spectating vessels are encouraged to use the Spectator Areas and are to keep clear of the Restricted Area during the period 1300 to 1730 daily. The boundaries of the restricted areas will be marked by Stake Boats and mariners should comply with all instructions received from the Course Marshal, the boats marked C1 – C8 or boats flying an Official America’s Cup flag.

RACE ACTIVITIES

9. The race wet pit area is in Millbay Inner Basin. Pontoons will be temporarily moored alongside the southern face of the wharf prior to, during and after the event. Access into Millbay Inner Basin is prohibited to non-America’s Cup craft.

10. Low flying helicopters carrying media and race officials may be encountered throughout the race series. Mariners are to be alert to their presence, the potential down draught and noise and should avoid being distracted.

11. AC45 catamarans and their support craft are exempt from the port speed limit whilst in the port during races and official practices. Outside these times they remain fully obliged to comply with the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea and local orders.

VESSEL TRAFFIC CONTROL

12. a) All mariners are to note and comply with the restrictions on movement in the paragraphs above.

b) Mariners wishing to proceed from the Plym, Sutton Harbour or the Cattewater to seaward are advised to do so in sufficient time before access to the Sound is restricted.

Limited and controlled access close around Mount Batten Pier to Jennycliffe Bay, and close around Staddon Beacon to and from sea will be permitted.

c) During practice and competitions on the main course, access from seaward for small craft to/from the Hamoaze and River Tamar is permitted passing west of Queen’s Ground buoy and through The Bridge channel. Small Craft wishing to move to and from Millbay Marina will be allowed limited and controlled movement to westwards of Millbay, close inshore under the control of Longroom PCS.

d) During port closed periods Longroom Port Control will make periodic “securite” broadcasts on VHF channels 16 and 14. Mariners seeking further information should call “Longroom” on VHF channel 14 or telephone (01752) 836528 before going afloat. The America’s Cup Race Officer will use VHF Ch 69 for official information from the Race Committee and Course Marshal.

e) There will be no anchorages available for commercial vessels north of the breakwater for the duration of the event.

f) During the port closed periods large merchant vessels will not be permitted to move without the express permission of Longroom PCS. Small craft may move within spectator areas but are not to encroach onto the course.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

13. Responsible personnel will be stationed in the Sound with the capability to deal with emergency situations on the water. In the event of an on water emergency report to Longroom Port Control immediately on VHF Ch 14.

Longroom will require the following:-

Station calling

Nature of the incident

Position of vessel

Longroom will then:-

Acknowledge the caller

Confirm the incident

Alert the required response unit and dispatch to the position given

14. Cancel this Notice on 19 September 2011.

25 August 2011

C NECKER

Commander Royal Navy

Queen’s Harbour Master Plymouth

AMERICAS CUP RACE PROGRAMME

Saturday 10 September 2011

1300 Race and Spectator Areas secured

1400 Pre-race countdown

1410-1430 Fleet Race 1

1445-1505 Fleet Race 2

1505 Brittany Ferry sails from Millbay

1520-1540 Fleet Race 3

1555-1625 Speed racing

Sunday 11 September

1400 Race and Spectator Areas secured

1450 Pre-race countdown

1500-1540 Fleet Race

1540 Brittany Ferry sails from Millbay

Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 September – Practice and Rest Days

Wednesday 14 September

1300 Race and Spectator Areas secured

1410 Pre-race countdown

1420-1440 Fleet Race 1

1450-1510 Fleet Race 2

1510 Brittany Ferry sails from Millbay

1520-1540 Fleet Race 3

1550-1610 Match Race 1 Quarter Final

1615-1635 Match Race 2 Semi Final

1640-1700 Match Race 3 Final

Thursday 15 September

1300 Race and Spectator Areas secured

1410 Pre-race countdown

1420-1440 Fleet Race 1

1450-1510 Fleet Race 2

1520-1540 Fleet Race 3

1540 Brittany Ferry arrives at Breakwater

1550-1610 Match Race 1 Quarter Final

1615-1635 Match Race 2 Semi Final

1640-1700 Match Race 3 Final

Friday 16 September

1300 Race and Spectator Areas secured

1410 Pre-race countdown

1420-1440 Fleet Race 1

1450-1510 Fleet Race 2

1520-1540 Fleet Race 3

1550-1610 Match Race 1 Quarter Final

1615-1635 Match Race 2 Semi Final

1640-1700 Match Race 3 Final

Saturday 17 September

1300 Race and Spectator Areas secured

1410 Pre-race countdown

1420-1440 Match Race 1 Quarter Final

1445-1505 Match Race 2 Quarter Final

1505 Brittany Ferry sails from Millbay

1525-1545 Match Race 3 Semi Final

1550-1610 Match Race 4 Semi Final

1620-1640 Match Race 5 Final

1650-1710 Match Race 6 Final

Sunday 18 September

1400 Race and Spectator Areas secured

1500 Pre-race countdown

1510-1550 Fleet Race

1600 Brittany Ferry sails from Millbay

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 September 2011 )