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Malta IOM Open 2022

Notice of Race

The Malta Model Boat Association (MMBA) will be organising the Malta IOM Open 2022 between the 23rd and the 27th of November 2022.

The Organising Committee of the MMBA would like to extend a very warm welcome to IOM sailors to this event.

1. Organising Authority

The regatta will be organised by the MMBA under the auspices of the Malta Sailing Federation (MSF).

2. Sponsors

The regatta is generously sponsored by:      

3. Venue

The regatta will be held at the Paradise Bay Resort in Cirkewwa. However, should weather conditions dictate, the organisers reserve the right to move the sailing location.

4. Rules

The event will be governed by the current version of the following rules:

  • The rules as defined in the current Racing Rules of Sailing and as changed by RRS Appendix E

  • The current IOMICA class championship rules

  • The Equipment Rules of Sailing to the extent invoked by the class rules

  • The current IOM Class Rules

5. Scoring System

The Heat Management System (HMS) will apply

6. Entries

The number of entries shall be limited to 62 by the provisions of the Heat Management System (HMS).  Entry is open to all MMBA paid members and open to members of foreign clubs affiliated to a Delegated National Member of IRSA.

MMBA members have precedence over foreign applicants for this event.  The remaining places will be filled in the order of registration until the entry limit is reached. 

All entries shall be made by, and paid for, using the MMBA on-line entry system - Entry form

A reserve list will be created once the limit has been reached or the deadline elapses.  The list will serve to replace any registered participant who decides to retire from the event and / or fails to effect payment within the stipulated timeframe of 2 weeks from submission of the registration form.

7. Closing Date for Entries

The closing date has been extended until the max. capacity of 62 participants is reached.

8. Fees

Entry fee will be €90.00 (*non-refundable fee unless restrictions do not allow a competitor to travel). 

  • Participants need to settle the fee by depositing the full amount on the following Bank account by not later than 2 weeks from submission of their registration form.

Account name:                Malta Model Boat Association

Bank name:                        Bank of Valletta plc

Bank name:                        Birzebbuga road, Birzebbuga

IBAN Number:                    MT27VALL22013000000040014198094


9. Registration

A valid IOM class certificate for each boat must be submitted at registration time and the Race Committee will be measuring all of the participating boats. 

The organising authority may carry out random spot checks throughout the duration of the event.

10. Frequencies

Skippers not using 2.4 GHz are requested to advise the Race Committee of their frequency on their entry form, should there be a duplicate frequency requested, frequencies will be allocated on a first come basis.

11. Prizes

A perpetual trophy will be awarded to the top 5 placed skippers and an acknowledgement token will be given to each skipper.

12. Clothing

Be prepared for the weather to range from warm and / or sunny to cold with strong wind and / or rain!

Use of Sunblock might be required as UV might be in mid-range level.  A pair of Wellington boots are strongly recommended.

13. Accommodation

The Paradise Bay Resort has very kindly offered special rates for skippers and their families only for the duration of the event, from 23 to 27 November 2022.  Reservations can be made from the MMBA website by clicking on the Venue and Logistics page. After selecting your dates, insert the promo code MMBA2022 to ensure you get the special rates.

14. Competitors With Disability

Competitors who require any form of help or special requirements should, prior to entry, get in touch with the Event Secretary to check if the organisers are able to help with the provision of any such special requirements. The onus is on the competitor to establish whether the available facilities are adequate before deciding to enter the event.


15. Schedule

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

11:00 to 15:00 - Practice

14:00 to 18:00 - Registration and boat checks (In a meeting room - signage will be provided close to the Hotel lobby)

Thursday, 24 November  2022

08:00 to 09:00 (in the sailing area) Last minute registration

09:30 Briefing

No warning signal shall be given before [10:00] and after [16:30].

Friday, 25 November 2022

No warning signal shall be given before [09:30] and after [16:30].

Saturday, 26 November 2022

No warning signal shall be given before [09:30] and after [16:30].

Sunday, 27 November 2022

No warning signal shall be given before [09:30] and No warning signal of the first heat in a race shall be given after [14:45]. If no boat in the final heat of the intended last race has sailed the course in accordance with RRS 28.1 and finished by [15:15] then the last race shall be abandoned and the previous race shall be taken as the final race.

19:30 till 21:30.  Buffet dinner gathering all participants will be held at il-Merill Restaurant, Paradise Bay Resort.

21:45 a Presentation Ceremony will follow at Moses Hall, Paradise Bay Resort. 

16. Lunch

On all days mentioned above, there will be a fixed lunch break from 12:30 to 13:30 irrespective of the day’s weather. Skippers will be provided a snack for lunch.


17. Disclaimer of Liability

All those taking part in this regatta do so at their own risk and responsibility. The MMBA, Paradise Bay Resort and Race Committee as well as any other parties involved in the organisation of this regatta disclaim any and every responsibility whatsoever for loss, damage, injury or inconvenience that may occur to persons or goods, both ashore and on the water as a consequence of entering or participating in this regatta covered by this Notice of Race. Furthermore, the MMBA, the Paradise Bay Resort, the Race Committee and the Organising Committee cannot be held responsible for any medical condition which may require specialist medical services before, during and after the event and competitors, by entering this event, exonerate the Organising Committee from any liability whatsoever for the requirement of any medical equipment, supervision, treatment or consultation at any time whatsoever, before, during and after this event.

At all times the responsibility for the safety of their boat and themselves including the decision to participate or continue shall rest with the competitor. By entering the event it is deemed that you accept these conditions. Competitors are advised to ensure that they have adequate personal insurance that provides for public liability and any possible injury, and/or any medical condition or medical requirement that may arise.

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