Class Rules Q&A
from the International measurer and Technical committee
If you have not been for a sail in your
skiff yet in 2008, I’m sure it’s pretty high on your
agenda’s. So having worked closely with Dave Chivers
the class has released a revised
set of rules for 2008.
You will find the format is similar to
previous, and we have used Simon Reynolds 2007 rules
as a basis, which has been a tremendous help.
The main differences are that the current
World Sailing closed standard class rules require us to re-format
our existing rules, whilst doing this Dave and myself
have re-worded some of the rules. We have highlighted
on page 3 what is probably the most important clarification,
that is PLEASE REMEMBER;
IF THESE RULES DO NOT SAY YOU CAN – THEN YOU CANNOT!
I have also been asked to clarify a few
points, so following are some worked examples that I
hope will help!
What can I do to my skiff?
The current World Sailing closed rules we use are
the same used for most classes, whether World Sailing or National
Because of the close way in which the
sailors and association have worked in the past there
are quite a lot of things you can legally do to your
skiff to give it that personal touch. However, PLEASE
REMEMBER; IF THESE RULES DO NOT SAY YOU CAN – THEN YOU
Can I have some examples of what I can
and cannot do?
You can use as much elastic and rope as
you like of any diameter. See rule C.9.8.(5) and (6)
You can replace the grey wing non-slip
with “Pro-grip” . See rule C.7.2.(7)
However, you cannot fill the holes and
screws of the rudder gantry under the hull. The rules
do not say you can, so you cannot!
Where do my sail numbers go?
When you get a new skiff from Ovington
Boats, they supply diagram G.1 with the numbers, which
provides guidance on this. If you have not got a copy
of this, please see the rule Appendix attachment. There
were a few boats at the World championships that had
incorrectly positioned sail characters, it is important
that these are correct.
As I cannot fill the holes for the rudder
gantry, does that mean I cannot repair my rudder, centerboard
or damage to my hull?
No, you can carry out repairs as indicated
in rules C.7.1.(a) and C.8.1.(a)
Can I replace the grey or white carpet
supplied to line the centerboard and rudder cases?
No, you MUST use only what is supplied
by Ovington Boats that is the current white fluffy 3M
Can I paint my mast?
Yes, you can paint the mast with varnish
or paint to protect the carbon fibre. The class allows
paint for boats that may be kept in hot climates where
the black varnished surface deteriorates more quickly.
Can I put advertising and/or sponsors
logo’s on my skiff?
Yes, anywhere except the front 25% of
the hull, on either or both of the two bottom panels
of the mainsail and the spinnaker to rule G.4.1.(b)
I hope this helps, and I look forward
to seeing you all soon.
Chris Henderson (World Sailing International measurer)
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