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Screamin' Leeman Marathon Entries Now Open

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Created by DanKA18 > 9 months ago, 17 Oct 2017
DanKA18
WA, 23 posts
17 Oct 2017 10:00PM
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Screamin' Leeman Marathon and Slalom 25/26 Nov.
Enter now @ windsurfingwa.org.au/public/schedule/events/14142-screamin-leeman-roy-bell-memorial-classic

Screamin' Leeman", the epic windsurfing event is back.
The "Screamin' Leeman Roy Bell Memorial Classic" is to be held on the 25th and 26th of November 2017. This event is a tribute to the late Roy Bell from Leeman who was a driving force in the Leeman community, a great character, and a man who took on ideas and made things happen. He created one of the best downwind races on the windsurfing circuit, but sadly passed away in March 2010. The race was legendary, often held in 20-30 knot winds and often taking a large toll on sailors and their equipment. The start of the race used a real shotgun and Roy's pre-race instructions said that if you broke the start, you would get a sizeable hole in your sail! That never happened of course (blanks?), but no-one ever went over early!
Roy's slogan, 'Say no to Five-0' was particularly relevant back then, meaning that you needed to use a much smaller sail than usual and most years he was absolutely right as those who rigged bigger than 5 metre with the old 1990's sails, struggled with the strengthening winds as the race progressed down the course.
The original race was about 30 km from South Bay at Green Head to Leeman but was later shortened to start at Little Anchorage (mid-way between the two towns) and finished at Leeman. This memorial race will use the shortened course but will still be about the same as the Ledge to Lancelin. The planned start will be at Little Anchorage on Saturday at 1pm (provided we have favourable conditions) and the finish will be on the beach about 300m South of the main jetty near the Lee Gilmore Skate Park with the sailors battling for line honours expected a little after 1.25pm. Held inside the main reefs the course area can provide small swell, choppy, and sometimes weedy conditions. Most legs are set at 110 degrees to the usual Seabreeze direction for a nice fast run. Course safety supported by Leeman Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue.
Note - Sunday is the reserve day for the marathon event should the wind not cooperate on Saturday afternoon as planned.
With Saturday's race running as planned, then Slalom racing is scheduled to be held at Little Anchorage until 2pm on Sunday to round off the event.
The Saturday evening of the 25th of November will see a dinner (included in the entry fee) and presentation function at the Leeman Country & Sporting Club as we acknowledge the contribution Roy made to the windsurfing, and wider community.
This will be a special occasion including a perpetual trophy presentation to the winner of the race.
Entry fee - $85 including Saturday night dinner and Sunday Slalom @ Little Anchorage.
Other requirements:
-Current Windsurfing WA Membership
-Appropriate fitness and experience and an irrepressible desire to have fun.
-Safety - All sailors in this event must provide their own safety equipment as required for off-shore aquatic events by the Department of Transport. (See Below)
-Flares (in-date) - Orange smoke type for daytime use are preferred - housed in zip lock bag.
-Personal Flotation device (PFD) Type 2 or above (e.g. Type 1) (Australian Standard Type 2 or equivalent is the minimum standard for Open Water Events)
-NOT ALLOWED are Type 3 PFD's (50S is equivalent) which are for protected waters only.
-Not mandated but highly recommended - Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)

DanKA18
WA, 23 posts
29 Oct 2017 8:49PM
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DanKA18 said..
Screamin' Leeman Marathon and Slalom 25/26 Nov.
Enter now @ windsurfingwa.org.au/public/schedule/events/14142-screamin-leeman-roy-bell-memorial-classic

Screamin' Leeman", the epic windsurfing event is back.
The "Screamin' Leeman Roy Bell Memorial Classic" is to be held on the 25th and 26th of November 2017. This event is a tribute to the late Roy Bell from Leeman who was a driving force in the Leeman community, a great character, and a man who took on ideas and made things happen. He created one of the best downwind races on the windsurfing circuit, but sadly passed away in March 2010. The race was legendary, often held in 20-30 knot winds and often taking a large toll on sailors and their equipment. The start of the race used a real shotgun and Roy's pre-race instructions said that if you broke the start, you would get a sizeable hole in your sail! That never happened of course (blanks?), but no-one ever went over early!
Roy's slogan, 'Say no to Five-0' was particularly relevant back then, meaning that you needed to use a much smaller sail than usual and most years he was absolutely right as those who rigged bigger than 5 metre with the old 1990's sails, struggled with the strengthening winds as the race progressed down the course.
The original race was about 30 km from South Bay at Green Head to Leeman but was later shortened to start at Little Anchorage (mid-way between the two towns) and finished at Leeman. This memorial race will use the shortened course but will still be about the same as the Ledge to Lancelin. The planned start will be at Little Anchorage on Saturday at 1pm (provided we have favourable conditions) and the finish will be on the beach about 300m South of the main jetty near the Lee Gilmore Skate Park with the sailors battling for line honours expected a little after 1.25pm. Held inside the main reefs the course area can provide small swell, choppy, and sometimes weedy conditions. Most legs are set at 110 degrees to the usual Seabreeze direction for a nice fast run. Course safety supported by Leeman Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue.
Note - Sunday is the reserve day for the marathon event should the wind not cooperate on Saturday afternoon as planned.
With Saturday's race running as planned, then Slalom racing is scheduled to be held at Little Anchorage until 2pm on Sunday to round off the event.
The Saturday evening of the 25th of November will see a dinner (included in the entry fee) and presentation function at the Leeman Country & Sporting Club as we acknowledge the contribution Roy made to the windsurfing, and wider community.
This will be a special occasion including a perpetual trophy presentation to the winner of the race.
Entry fee - $85 including Saturday night dinner and Sunday Slalom @ Little Anchorage.
Other requirements:
-Current Windsurfing WA Membership
-Appropriate fitness and experience and an irrepressible desire to have fun.
-Safety - All sailors in this event must provide their own safety equipment as required for off-shore aquatic events by the Department of Transport. (See Below)
-Flares (in-date) - Orange smoke type for daytime use are preferred - housed in zip lock bag.
-Personal Flotation device (PFD) Type 2 or above (e.g. Type 1) (Australian Standard Type 2 or equivalent is the minimum standard for Open Water Events)
-NOT ALLOWED are Type 3 PFD's (50S is equivalent) which are for protected waters only.
-Not mandated but highly recommended - Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)



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Less than one month to the first marathon for the season.......

Subsonic
WA, 1579 posts
2 Nov 2017 9:06PM
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Hi Dan, just seeking some clarification so everyone rocks up with the right gear on the day...

with the pfds, im guessing by 50S, you mean 50N? This would mean the neil pryde high hook harnesses are not allowed....?

DanKA18
WA, 23 posts
2 Nov 2017 10:17PM
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Hi Subsonic,
Thanks for asking - good question.
I am not that familiar with the European equivalents to the Australian Standards ratings but an AS 4758 Type 2 PFD is a dedicated vest, usually bright yellow and sometimes mixed with other hi-vis colours so you can easily be spotted in case of an emergency out at sea.
Best of all is to have a vest that is stamped with the Australian Standard accreditation - Type 2 or Type 1 (which is better again) .
Test for your vest :
-If it doesn't have bright (hi-vis) colours all over it,
-Is not a stand-alone flotation vest,
-Does not provide substantial buoyancy appropriate to your weight,
-And is not in good condition,
Then it will not be compliant with the offshore sailing requirements of the WA Dept. of Transport.
I know there are many people with European made vests and some are appropriate, but you will need to check carefully.
Here's the go-to site for PFD info - ( Note - Type 3 (50 S) as listed is definitely not allowed.)

www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/life-jackets.asp

Hope that helps clear up what can be a frustrating issue for both competitors and organisers at race day registration - especially after hours of driving to attend....
Kind regards
Dan

Stuthepirate
SA, 3471 posts
3 Nov 2017 9:18AM
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Hi Dan,
I've just made an inquiry to the DoT to clarify the term "General Use"

Type 3
Not approved for general use in unprotected waters.

*Standard: AS 4758 or ISO 12402 - level 50S or AS 2260.
Level 50S lifejackets have similar buoyancy to the Level 50 lifejackets...

My question was, do the DoT class "General Use" as recreational sailing or is racing also defined under General Use.

Due the increased number in rescue craft and competitors on the water during events, do the requirements to carry the DoT's safety equipment apply in sanctioned Racing situations.

I know there is no requirement for off-the-beach sailors to wear type 2 when racing from a yacht club in the ocean. (FSC, JBSC, SBYC)

I'll post their reply here for clarification, but in the interim I suppose we gear up for Type 2 PFD's

DanKA18
WA, 23 posts
3 Nov 2017 8:47PM
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Hi Stu,
Thanks for following that up. I will be keen to hear what their response is.
My understanding is that with the course taking us up to 2km offshore, stricter requirements kick in .
Currently, up to 400m offshore in open water is the limit for recreational sailing with minimal safety gear if you follow the DOT rules.
Here's the link to the LOC site for comparison.
www.lancelinoceanclassic.com.au/pfds-flares/
Cheers
Dan

Stuthepirate
SA, 3471 posts
4 Nov 2017 5:03PM
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Still waiting on the DoT clarification on "General Use" and "recreational sailing" but came across this little ditty.

AUSTRALIAN SAILING
SPECIAL REGULATIONS
PART 2
FOR OFF THE BEACH BOATS
Including unballasted boats, Centreboard Dinghies, Sailboards, Skiffs, Multihulls,
Small open ballasted boats and Small Trailable boats.
These regulations come into effect in Australia from 1 July 2017.
They are valid until 30 June 2021.

5. PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

5.01 LIFEJACKETS
Lifejacket requirements vary between the States and Territories and it is recommended that before purchase and use it should be established that the lifejacket is acceptable under local law.

5.01.1 All crew members shall wear, whilst afloat, a lifejacket secured about their persons in a manner appropriate to the design of the device.

5.01.2 Lifejackets shall comply with one of the following:
(a) Australian Standard AS4758-2015 or
(b) Australian Standard AS1512-1996 for PFD Type 1 or
(c) Australian Standard AS1499-1996 for PFD Type 2 or
(d) Australian Standard AS2260-1996 for PFD Type 3 or
(e) An equivalent or more stringent overseas standard
And
Shall be branded with the respective standard authority's mark of approval.

5.01.3 Inflatable lifejackets shall not be used.

5.01.4 Lifejackets shall be maintained in good repair.

www.sailing.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/161219-Special-Regulations-Part-2-Off-the-beach-boats-v2.pdf



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