We invite all our participants to read carefully the following Q&A and raise any queries you have prior to the start of the competition by emailing us at email@example.com
SAC Event Questions & Answers
REGISTRATION - CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
Is there a minimum or maximum size of boat?
What is the minimum age for anglers to compete in the event?
The competition is open to all from the age of 10 years and above. Must be 10 on the first day of registration.
Competitors aged between 10 and 15 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Sea Angling Classic classes anyone of 16 and above on the first day of registration as an adult and therefore can participate without any guardianship but are not allowed to be recognised as the Captain of a boat until they become 18 on the first day of registration.
What are the minimum and maximum number of anglers?
In the recreational category: a minimum of two anglers to a maximum of 4.
Charter category: it is a pairs’ event
Are recreational boats allowed to have crew or people on board that are not competing?
What is the entry fee to participate in the recreational boat category?
£125 per junior angler – 10 t0 15 years of age on the first day of registration.
What is the fee for Charter boat anglers?
The entry fee per one angler is £180 + anglers to make their own arrangement with the charter boat of their choosing.
Junior entry £90 – to 15 years of age on the first day of registration
Can Charter Skippers fish in the recreational boat category?
Do competitors have to do a shore line / litter clean up?
What happens if Competitors don't do a clean up?
In the case, cleanup is not conducted prior to onsite registration a £50 fine will be payable. A 100% of the monies collected will be used in Spirit OF Angling children’s initiatives and shoreline cleanups done in conjunction with local charities or schools.
How will you know that competitors have done a litter clean up?
Do you need safety equipment to compete?
To be compliant during the competition a boat must carry at any time:
– An appropriate anchor/weight properly secured to the boat
– An operational bilge pump or bailer
– A foghorn or acoustic warning device.
– Flares in date.
– An approved extinguisher.
– A first aid kit
– A life jacket per person on-board – Must be CE certified and conform to the European standard of at least EN396 – 150 Newton fitted with a whistle and a luminous stick or waterproof electric light.
Do you need to wear a life jacket when on a boat competing?
Charter category: Charter MUST have a lifejacket per person onboard. Life jacket to be worn at the request of the Captain or the angler.
Does the boat need to be insured?
All boats taking part in the competition must have an up-to-date Third Party Liability insurance cover in the name of the boat owner.
Personal Public Liability for participants
All participants in an Angling Spirit organised competition must have Personal Public Liability insurance to cover them while participating in a fishing competition.
A simple way to get one in the UK is to become a member of the Angling Trust. This is what English competitors in our other events subscribe to get their cover. https://anglingtrust.net/membership/insurance-centre/
Is a VHF License required on a boat competing in the event?
Yes a VHF licence is required but as long as one person on the boat has the appropriate operators license qualification this is sufficient.
Top prizes eligibility verification
At organisers’ discretion boats eligible for prizes will have the documentation checked for:
* A valid VHF licence must be held by the captain or member of the crew
* A valid boat insurance
Are berths available locally during the period of the event?
Is there a slipway to launch a boat from a trailer?
Where and when can boats refuel?
Boats MUST refuel outside of the competition hours.
Yes, there are facilities in Portsmouth harbour for boats to refuel and details will be provided to competitors in the competitors pack they will be receiving.
Where are the competition fishing arena?
Will there be a starting area for smaller boats?
Are there facilities to accommodate disabled anglers?
Where can anglers get fresh bait locally?
Will there be a team event category in 2023?
How many rods are allowed?
How many hooks can be used on a line?
If a boat loses an anchor can they go back ashore to get another one?
What plans are there for bad weather?
The fishing arena could be subject to change to ensure the safe running of the event.
Competition prize table
Who wins first prize in the recreational boat category?
Maximum 3 longest of each species per day count.
When do the winners take ownership of the boat?
What is covered for the winners in the 18 month period they have the boat for?
Can the winners sell the boat?
Why can't the winners sell the boat straight away?
At mutually agreed times the champions will be invited to attend functions/shows/events where appropriate expenses will be covered. During the period a professional film and photoshoot with the boat and prizes that they win to help promote them and the products they have won will take place.
SCORING - LEADERBOARD APP - RESULTS
What are the 5 target species per day?
The longest 3 of each of the following 5 target species: tope, smooth-hound, rays, bass, black bream, to count per day providing they are of the minimum legal length.
Rays are: blond rays, thornback rays, undulate rays, small-eyed ray, spotted ray
How do the fish get measured?
Put fish on Official Measuring Board with
* fish right flank down for bass and black bream and belly down for tope, Smoothound and skate
* lips/tip of nose touching the headboard – wingtip for skate
* tail/wing flat
* Spaced fingers across fish if required.
If competitors catch more than 3 of a species on the boat per day what happens?
The combined length per recreational boat of the longest 3 of each species provides each boat with an overall length per day.
The length from day 1 and day 2 are added together to identify the overall winner.
Minimum legal length and above to count (if more than 3 of each species are caught the longest ones caught will count).
Will competitors have an opportunity to practice with the app prior to the event?
There is no need to be at sea to test the app. Any ruler and object can be used when testing the app.
We will not be able to approve all tests but we will run some test sessions
Will any explanation videos of the app be made?
What happens if I can’t get a signal at sea after I have caught a fish?
Make sure another member of your entry has also taken the 2 pictures necessary to validate a catch.
The full procedure is explained in the competitors pack.
What security is in place to make sure the event is run fairly?
Is there an appeals process for disallowed fish?
How overall results get calculated?
Recreational boat category: The combined length per recreational boat of the longest 3 of each species per day.
Charter boat category: The combined length per pair of their longest 3 of each species per day.
Results will be done in the following order:
– At the end of each day, the length of the recorded fish is compiled in centimetres.
– Once the length has been calculated any penalties received during that day are then deducted.
In the event of a tie, the angler with fewer penalties on the day automatically wins.
Finally, if there is still a tie, a ranking will be allocated on the anglers’ longest ray of the event, longest bream, longest bass, longest smooth-hound, longest tope and finally on the time of first scoring fish on day 1.
On day 2, the results of day 2 will be added to the results of day 1 and a countback will be done on the overall longest of each species in the same order as above over the 2 days.
In the unlikely event, that there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by the time of the first fish caught on day 1 and then on day 2 if necessary.
Is there a shore fishing event this year?
No not this year this is something we are considering for future years