|2017 proposed class rules
Update on the below: following feedback on this thread:
The team has made some minor revisions to accommodate the feedback from the forum.
A revised version 6.6 can be found here >>>
The technical team, headed by David Rickard, and recently with input from our new Class Measurer, Rob Taylor, has been busy over the last few months reviewing the class rules.
Class rules are an ever evolving document that need annually reviewing and maintaining in line with World Sailing regulations and format.
Following the approval by World Sailing of a more simplified format David has produced a set of rules which we hope covers a few missed areas but also makes the rules clearer. We discussed some of the problems with the existing Rules at Carnac and other regattas to gather input from a large number of people.
We have also looked at they way that lots of people have rigged and pimped their boats.
We have so far as possible within World Sailing resections made them clearer ad easier to read, as well as corrected them to permit the changes that everyone has been using, which are currently illegal. The revised version has been reviewed by some of the leading sailors.
A copy can be found via this link. Some of you will be aware that under the current Class Rules all of the boats are currently technically illegal.
For example, the current Class Rules do not permit (i) the use of any mount and protective shock cord for compasses, GPS or cameras, (ii) use of shockcord to retain the trapeze lines and shrouds in the mast (iii) you to take drink or food on the boat, (iv) a block to be attached near the base of the mast to pull the main up, (v) rubbing strips on the bowsprit and hull contact points, (vi) you to carry a spare tiller extension, (vii) covering/tube over the shrouds/forestay, (viii) the rudder stock lining material to be replaced by fury material or rubber rather than just webbing, (ix) a new hole in the bowsprit to attach the spinnaker sheet tidy shock cord, (x) the cunningham and vang to be attached to the mast step, (xi) shock cord for the spinnaker blocks, and many other places people currently use, (xii) to use a ring around the mainsheet to attach it to the trapeze harness, etc. We have clarified various points as a result of questions having been raised on the forum, for example, clarifying that the use of Dyform shrouds/lowers is not permitted, and that it is not permitted to alter commercially sourced fittings or to make bespoke fittings to replace existing ones.
We have also become aware that there are a number of people would like some changes to the Rules. The amended Class Rules will shortly be submitted to World Sailing for ratification.
However, before we do, we are asking you to let us know whether you would like the following additional changes:
(i) It is proposed that world champions should display a gold dot on the top panel of their mainsail, and
(ii) The top 10 people at the last world championships can use their position as their sail number until; the next championship
(iii) A national flag can be added to the sail
(iv) The name of crew can be added to the sail (this is done at Travemunde Week and others)
The first 2 are to recognise publicly the talent and honour of achieving these prestigious results. It is a practice that has been adopted by a number of International classes (for example the Star) and we support it.
We would be grateful if you will support the hard work put in by the technical team in producing this document. It is important that the Rules keep up with the what the sailors want and we have changed them to do this. If you don’t support them then all boats at the next worlds will be illegal.
THE STRUCTURE OF WORLD SAILING’s TEMPLATE
At a number of events we have noticed that some competitors find it unclear what the different sections of the class rules actually mean and sometimes this leads to mistakes by members. World Sailing require classes to follow a certain format and general template and we hope that the following explanation will help make this clearer. World Sailing do not permit classes to include explanatory notes in the class rules, so we have written a guide to try to make things clearer.
The Introduction explains the basic principles of the class. The most important part of the Introduction is the red text. It is very important to understand this and whenever you think about doing something to your boat, please think of this sentence!
THESE RULES ARE CLOSED CLASS RULES MEANING:
ANY CHANGE NOT SPECICALY PERMITTED BY THESE CLASS RULES IS PROHIBITED. IF IT DOES NOT SPECIFICALLY SAY THAT YOU MAY – THEN YOU SHALL NOT.
COMPONENTS AND THEIR USE, ARE DEFINED BY THEIR DESCRIPTION
This section deals with authorities and administration of the class, as well as the general rules and definitions that you are complying with.
This sections deals with the boat eligibility. In some classes(not ours), you must have a certificate and stamps on the sails that confirm they have been measured. But it also explains that all technical words used in the Racing Rules of Sailing and the Equipment Rules of Sailing are defined in these books. So if you want to know what the definition of a boom is, then you can look it up in the ERS, or if you want to know about a specific racing rule, such as , you can look it up in the RRS and finally that equipment may be inspected at an event to ensure it complies with the rules.
This section is the most important section for a competitor to understand. It explains what changes the class have introduced that make it different from the RRS or ERS standard, what you are permitted to wear and what you are permitted to do to all the parts of your boat. Remember the word ‘boat’ includes the hull, spars, foils, sails, rigging and fittings and finally what you are permitted to do if equipment is damaged. Remembering the red text in the Introduction, it is important that you do not change anything that is not permitted in this section.
This section defines what the builder of the hull must provide to make them legal for use on a Musto Skiff
This section defines what the builder of the foils must provide to make them legal for use on a Musto Skiff
This section defines what the builder of the spars and rigging must provide to make them legal for use on a Musto Skiff
This section defines what the builder of the sails must provide to make them legal for use on a Musto Skiff
The final section explains where sail characters (World Sailing regulation G1 – G5), personal sponsorship and event sponsorship (World Sailing regulation 20) may be positioned. Please note that World Sailing regulation 20 permits event advertising on the front of the boat and can be the greater of 1m or 25% of hull length. A boat name, registration number or personal advertising may be covered over by an event sponsors logo.
post your questions on the rules in this section of
the forum >>>
Please take your time to review this version; in the class survey you will be asked to vote on the adoption of this new rule set