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The festival will run over two days as a species hunt for private boats. Weather dependent competition days will be Saturday 25th August 2018 from Port Logan and Sunday 26th August 2018 from Drummore. If the weather does not favour either of these venues the committee will either choose an alternative venue or place restrictions on the match for that day.

Prior to launching each day the boats will line up in an orderly queue behind the group leaders at prearranged assembly points. These points will be clarified on the “Welcome night”. After Launching each group must wait within the confines of the launch site to be given the “Go Signal” by their Team Leader. Before the group is allowed to leave, the Team Leader will do a radio check on all the boats in the group. 

The committee is keen to keep a tight rein of the launches and recoveries and will have stewards and tractor launches available to ensure a smooth and speedy operation.   




    
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There are two groups, Group 1 and Group 2, times for day one will be:

                                            GROUP 1                  GROUP 2
Assembly Point               07.00hrs                   08.00hrs
Leave Launch Site          08.00hrs                    09.00hrs
Return launch Site         16.00hrs                   17.00hrs

The following day, groups will move to the alternative start time (Group 2 will have the early start).

                                            GROUP 2                  GROUP 1
Assembly Point               07.00hrs                   08.00hrs
Leave Launch Site          08.00hrs                    09.00hrs
Return launch Site         15.00hrs                   16.00hrs


These times will give each group one hour from leaving the Assembly Area to get to Waiting Point, launch, park up neatly and be ready to be given the go by their respective Team Leaders. There will be no need to drive at breakneck speed to get to launch site!

The times allow plenty of time for boats to weigh in after the match day. Please have a member of the crew ready to weigh in so that other crewmembers can retrieve the boat and clear the launch site as soon as possible.

The 'Weigh In'

Although no fish will be brought to shore the 'Weigh In' or more appropriately the 'Score Submissions' will commence as soon as possible after the 1st group returns. Please be prompt.
The weigh in will be at the Logan Community Hall and the beach at Drummore.
Each boat in the group must weigh in before the next group commences.
Once you have weighed in please clear the car park and roadway as soon as possible so that the following group can weigh in.
All results will be collated by the Festival Committee and will be available for viewing at the Festival HQ the same evening.    ​

Competition Rules

UPDATED: 13th November 2017 

  1. The competition organising committee cannot be held responsible for any injury, loss or damage of any kind, no matter how the matter occurred.
  2. All competitors are responsible for their own travel, personal property and must  have valid insurance for their vessel.
  3. The committee’s decision on all matters is final.
  4. There shall be a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 persons on each boat.
  5. The committee may adjust rules, venues, times or limitations as it sees fit, for safety reasons, etc. It is, however, the committee’s responsibility to convey, to the competitors, any such changes via the Festival notice board, VHF radio, word of mouth, Facebook or any other appropriate mediums.
  6. All boats must have minimum safety equipment on board and must have, at the least, a working VHF radio, an anchor capable of securing their boat in position and an appropriate life jacket for each crewmember.
  7. It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that they read the notice board or view the Facebook page regularly and are aware of the rules and any changes that may take place.
  8. Channel 10 on the marine VHF will be used as the competition channel and will be used to convey any late changes or safety information.
  9. It is the responsibility of all competitors to monitor Channel 10 at all times during the competition.
  10. Competitors are requested to use an alternative channel for inter-boat communications.
  11. All complaints must be in writing and presented to a committee member within one hour of the close of scales. The committee will investigate all complaints and will give a ruling as soon as practical.
  12. The competition is only open to boats up to 22ft or 6.7mtrs (bow to transom) that can be legally transported by road trailer.
  13. There will be a maximum of 2 rods per competitor.
  14. There will be a maximum of 3 hooks per rod. (treble hooks to count as one)
  15. With conservation in mind, the competition will be run as a species hunt over 2 days, whereby:                                                                • Only one fish of each species is to be recorded. (Competitors may record a species if it is longer than 1 previous recorded)             • Where boats tie on number of species caught, then the position will be decided on overall length.
  16. Rules re Launching and etiquette:                                                                                                                                                                                       • Full instructions regarding the launching of boats and the parking of vehicles and trailers will be given on ‘Opening Night’. It is essential that boat owners, or a representative of that boat, attend ‘The Base’ each night. These rules should be disseminated to each crewmember and followed to ensure the safety and efficiency of the process. Competition stewards must be obeyed at all times.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • The slipway and the beach at Port Logan and Drummore are not to be used for getting boats ready for the water or ready for the road at the end of a day’s fishing. Stewards will direct competitors on the day.                                                                                         • When a queue has formed for the launching, or recovery of boats, competitors must join the end of the queue. If, after joining the queue, a competitor is ready to launch before the boat ahead, they must first inform the boat in front for safety reasons and then leave the queue to launch.                                                                                                                                                                                       • Any infringement of the above rules, if brought to the attention of the Committee, may result in a penalty of 2 species subtracted from a competitors overall list.
  17. Boats may only leave the starting point when instructed to do so by the Team Leader via VHF.  Failure to comply with this regulation may lead to disqualification on that day.
  18. Boats and vehicles may be subject to scrutiny by the Team Leaders to ensure that safety equipment and fair play are being observed. A random check will be made each day.
  19. Boats are not permitted to come together at sea during the competition except in cases of emergency or safety.
  20. Any boat returning late to the starting point must give a reason, in writing to the Committee. Their catch will be recorded pending a decision by the Committee.
  21. Fishing will not be permitted outwith the boundaries stipulated by the committee.
  22. Crab pot buoys must never be used for anchorage. Infringement of this rule will result in disqualification on that day and possibly, further punitive measures.
  23. All fish must photographed on the measure and be clearly identifiable, if this cannot be achieved, then a further photograph may be taken to confirm the species. Fish will be measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail, or in the case of ray, from wingtip to wingtip.
  24. It is the responsibility of the competitor to ensure that all their fish are photographed, recorded and accounted for.
  25. All plankton and filter feeding fish are excluded. Other excluded species will be brought to the attention of all competitors on opening night prior to the start of the Festival.
  26. No rubbish whatsoever to be thrown into the sea. All litter to be kept and disposed of on land.
  27. All competitors are expected to act in the spirit of the competition and with sportsmanship at all times.
  28. Should there be a distress call from any boat (including boats not entered into the competition) within the vicinity of a competitor, then assistance will be rendered immediately by that competitor who will be compensated for loss of fishing time at a future date (wherever possible).