The PIC Coastal Classic might be more than a month away but time is running out to get your category 3 safety inspection and PHRF handicap done.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event, and a big fleet is expected to line up on October 21. All boats will need a category 3 safety certificate as well as a valid handicap (PHRF, IRC, multihull) to be eligible to race.
"The yacht inspector team would like to remind you to not leave getting a safety certificate until the last minute," Yachting New Zealand safety and technical manager Angus Willison said. "The yacht inspectors are getting booked and I am aware that certain items of safety equipment are in short supply.
"Most yacht inspectors will not be able to undertake an inspection within two weeks of the event, so keep that in mind in your planning. All the details are in the Safety Regulations of Sailing and the cheat sheet is a good reminder when bringing everything up to date."
Yachting New Zealand will also need at least 10 days to arrange a PHRF certificate so it's advisable to not leave it to the last minute. See here for more information.
Entries close on October 7, so there's still time to get your crew together for the 119 nautical mile race from Auckland to the Bay of Islands. See here for more details, including information on how to enter and who has already signed up for the race.