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Santa Elena Regatta


Including the Jean Ribaut Cup and Pedro Menendez Cup 

March 25 & 26, 2017


The Jean Ribaut Cup and Pedro Menendez Cup are two separate events  sailed on consecutive days that are combined to form a significant sailing event named The Santa Elena Regatta which commemorates the founding of the Spanish colony of Santa Elena on Parris Island. There will be two days of racing and social events sponsored by the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.

N  O  T  I  C  E    O  F    R  A  C  E

RULES: The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing.

ELIGIBILITY: The Jean Ribaut Cup and Pedro Menendez Cup are open to monohull boats currently rated in the US Sailing PHRF manual and are at least 22’ LOA. Boats that are less than 22′ LOA but at least 18′ LOA will be considered on a case by case basis. All boats must have at least two people on board. One design fleets will also be considered for entry but are not eligible to compete for the Ribaut, Menendez or Santa Elena Trophies.

All boats participating must have VHF radio communication capabilities, and be insured with a valid third party liability insurance policy.

ENTRY: For both events PHRF boats will be divided into two starting groups based on the PHRF ratings. The intent is to have boats sailing with boats of similar PHRF ratings. Both groups will sail the same course with the higher handicap rated group starting first. Spinnakers may be used if declared to the Race Committee prior to the warning gun for the first group to start of each event.

Both events will have a Racing Class and a Cruising Class. Boats must declare the class in which they will be sailing by the Competitors Meeting on Friday night.

There also will be an overall winner for the Santa Elena Regatta. Boats from both the Racing and Cruising Class are eligible for this event.

If there is interest one design  fleets they will be given separate starts for their fleets.

REGISTRATION: Boats may register in advance by completing the attached Registration form as described. Registration will also be available at the Competitors Meeting Friday night before the Ribaut Cup.


            Friday, March 24, The Jean Ribaut Cup & Pedro Menendez Cup- 6:00 pm –              Registration and Competitors Meeting on the BYSC dock.

            Friday, March 24, 6:00 pm – Cocktail Party at BYSC.                                                                    Appetizers appreciated.                Beverages available.

            Saturday, March 25, The Jean Ribaut Cup – 11:00 am – Warning for first  group on the race course – other groups to follow. A second race is planned. One race will constitute a              regatta. Low tide Port Royal Sound at 1:00 pm.

            Saturday, March 25 – 6:00 pm. Ribaut Cup Awards Dinner at BYSC. Brief discussion of plans for Pedro Menendez Cup which will be  held the following day. Beverages available but not included in dinner cost.

            Sunday, March 26 – 10:00 am. Brief Competitors Meeting on BYSC dock  mainly to discuss the course. Any changes to race course will also be put out on  radio.

            Sunday, March 26 – The Pedro Menendez Cup – 12:00 noon – Warning for the  first group on the race course – other groups to follow. One race is planned.   Low tide at Parris Island at 2:24 pm.

Sunday, March 26 – Awards for Pedro Mendez Cup and Santa Elena Regatta at  BYSC immediately following the finish of racing


SAILING INSTRUCTIONS AND NOTICE OF RACE: Sailing Instructions    (SI’s) and Notice of Race (NOR) will be available at the Competitors Meeting.

PENALTIES: Rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.


Jean Ribaut Cup- Racing will be conducted on Port Royal Sound between Hilton Head, Bay Point and Parris Island; and the Beaufort River (Chart 11516). Course specifics in the SI’s. Depending on conditions the intent is to start and sail the first race in Port Royal Sound; and have the second race start in Port Royal Sound and sail up the Beaufort River to finish at BYSC.

Pedro Menendez Cup – Racing will be conducted in the Beaufort River between the Woods Swing bridge and G”31″ in the Beaufort River. Depending on conditions the intent is to start in the area just west of the Woods Swing Bridge by the Beaufort waterfront, sail down the Beaufort River,  round on a government mark, then return the finish at BYSC. Rounding mark to be determined by existing conditions.

Sailing conditions will determine the starting areas, number of races and courses for the Ribaut and/or Menendez Cups.

SCORING: PHRF handicaps using the time-on-time computation method. All races count; there will be no races discarded.For each of the two individual events final positions will be determined by awarding finishing positions in each race based on corrected time and then adding the finishing positions together (if more than one race) to determine overall final position for each event.

The  Santa Elena Regatta winner will be the boat from either the Racing or Cruising Class with the fastest corrected time for the combined Jean Ribaut and Pedro Menendez Cups.


Perpetual trophies with the winners name on them will be kept at BYSC for the Jean Ribaut Cup, the Jean Ribaut Cruising Class, the Pedro Menendez Cup, the Pedro Menendez Cruising Class and the  Santa Elena Regatta

For both events there will be a Racing Class and a Cruising Class. Boats must declare the class in which they are sailing by the Competitors Meeting on Friday night. The Jean Ribaut Cup and Pedro Menendez Cup will be awarded to the top finishing boat in the Racing Class for each respective day. The Jean Ribaut Cruising Cup and Pedro Menendez Cruising Cup will be awarded to the top boat in the Cruising Class for each respective event. Keeper trophies will be awarded to both classes depending on the number of entrees. Both classes will sail the same course for all races.

The Santa Elena Regatta winner will be the boat with the fastest corrected total time for all races in the Ribaut and Menendez Cups. A keeper trophy will be awarded to the winner.

One Design: If there are separate starts for one design classes, boats racing in those classes will  not be eligible for the Ribaut Cup, Menendez Cup or Santa Elena Regatta; however, there will be keeper trophies for those classes.

DOCKING:  Docking space is available at BYSC on a first come basis.


Regatta Chairman: Roy Crocker – (843) 838-2453, E-mail:

Regatta Co-chairman: Jim Thomas – (614) 354-2787, E-mail:

O  R  G  A  N  I  Z  I  N  G      A  U  T  H  O  R  I  T  Y

Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club


1/6/2016 2:45 pm


March 25, 2017 The Jean Ribaut Cup in Port Royal Sound

March 26, 2017 The Pedro Menendez Cup in the Beaufort River


Please complete registration form and send to Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club, 30 Yacht Club Drive, Beaufort, SC 29907,  or e-mail . Registration must be received by March 10 to qualify for the Advanced Registration Discount.

Boat Name___________________________________ Sail No. ___________

Boat Make/Length______________________  Boat Model________________

Keel style: ___________ Size of jib: _______%     Furling Jib? Yes___ No ___

Engine type:  inboard ___ outboard ___      PHRF Handicap___________

Skipper/Owner’s Name____________________________________________

Address____________________ City _____________ ST ____ Zip ________

Phone__________________ E-mail__________________ Club____________


I certify that the above boat is correctly described. I agree to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing and all other rules that govern this event.  I release the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club, the Dataw Island Yacht Club and the event regatta race committees of all liability for injury to myself,  my crew or damages to my boat.  I assume all risk of injury to myself or to my crew.  I understand that it is the skipper’s responsibility to decide whether to sail  or continue to sail.  I will prevent any underage crew members from consuming alcoholic beverages.

Skipper/Owner___________________________________ Date __________Make


The Jean Ribaut Cup $35 after 3/10 $45                                    ______

The Pedro Menendez Cup $35 after 3/10 $45                                       ______

Or The Santa Elena Regatta (both events)  $60 after 3/10 $80          ______

Ribaut Cup Awards dinner March 25 $20 per person #____x $20 =  ______

Beverages not included in the event cost but will be available.


TOTAL                                                                                                            ______


Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club

30 Yacht Club Road

Beaufort, SC 29907

T 842-522-8216; email

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