and talking about the Transquadra, a favorite solo/duo race of mine, one for Amateurs and not for racing boats.
Lets have a look at the rules to see if I can convert some more to this race that has mechanisms to assure the competitiveness, to rule out slow boats or racing boats, professional sailors, young guns looking to become professionals and to assure a big overall competitiveness. Quite the contrary of what happens on the OSTAR.
This seems simple but it took many years to perfect the rules to make it the great race that is today.
For boats built after June 1996, CE Class A certification is needed.
For boats built before June 1996, a STIX and AVS stability certificate corresponding to Class A will be required.
Must have a hull length of between 8.5 and 12.5 metres
Must be fitted with a fixed motor, able to propel the boat through calm water at a minimum of 5 knots.
Must comply with the provisions of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations, category 1
Each boat must be equipped with:
a satellite locator and tracker, supplied by the organisers.
a storm sail as defined ... OSR Rules, category 1.
a satellite telephone, the number of which is to be communicated to the Satellite telephones must be kept on standby throughout the duration of the races.
Each skipper must present, before 31 May 2014, the valid IRC certificate for his boat. ...TCC permitted: 0.949 < TCC < 1.051
Change of sails: no change of sails, for any reason whatsoever, will be accepted between the two races. ..Number of spis authorised: fitting a 4th spi, without a rating increase, is not allowed.
Maximum number of boats allowed:
The maximum number of registered boats is limited to 100, solo and double combined, counting the participants in the TRANSQUADRA-ATLANTIQUE and TRANSQUADRA MEDITERRANEE together.
Simple and effective
Entry in LA TRANSQUADRA ATLANTIQUE and LA TRANSQUADRA MEDITERRANEE 2014-2015 is by personal invitation.
Competitors interested in taking part should send an INVITATION REQUEST, accompanied by a document giving details of their offshore sailing experience, in racing or cruising, and their sailing experience in general.
Applicants who have not already taken part in a Transquadra race or similar sailing event must have competed in an offshore race accredited by FFVoile of AT LEAST 250 nautical miles.
All competitors must be forty years old by 31 December 2014 at the latest.
Admissibility will be decided in accordance with ISAF Rule 76
The competitors (skipper and crew) must sail for leisure purposes only. The competitors declare that they are not professional sailors and are not being paid to race in the Transquadra 2014-2015.
Over a period of 24 months before the first Transquadra 2014-2015 race, the competitors declare that they have not been paid to:
• Take part in a regatta.
• Prepare their boat.
• Allow their image or their name to be used in relation to their sailing performances, their racing results or their reputation as sailors.
To be paid: income received by a regatta entrant, whether employed or self-employed, bonuses, donations, any direct or indirect financial benefit, other than personal expenses.
Personal expenses: income received by a regatta entrant, allocated to the payment of charges for entry fees, travel, accommodation and meals, related to, and necessary for, participation in a specific event. Contributions from sponsors to the equipment of the boat are considered as personal expenses. ...
In accordance with Rule 41 of the RRS “Outside Help”, help with sailing, from an external source, and of a personalised nature, is prohibited.
N.B.: the consultation or receipt of wind charts, or of any other weather charts available on the internet, where such charts are universally available, does not constitute outside help of a personalised nature.
and that's it. Being only accepted inscriptions by invitation has to do with not allow crazy guys to take part but only experienced sailors but not to the point of racing professionals (and in France there are a huge number).
If someone has to criticize something it will be the 40 year limit to enter the race. I understand the intention of ruling out young guns not yet professionals but on a route to be but then some of the best solo racers have more than 40 year's old and being over 40 does not rule out ex professionals that are more or less "retired" now and that are slightly over 40.
If you want to have a better look, here is the notice of race for the next event: