The Class & Fleet Championships are being held next weekend, and your last chance to sign up (without a late fee) is Wednesday before 5pm. Sign up at NHYC website here.
Keep in mind the eligibility rules that will be strictly enforced for this special event:
From the Class Bylaws:
II.D. Class and Fleet Championship Race Participation Requirements
II.D.1. Championship races are special events for boat owners. For Class Championships and Fleet Championships, the Helmsman must be an Owner Member who has been a member for over 60 days. In the case of multiple Owner Members, the Helmsman is the one who signs the entry form.
II.D.2. Boats that are racing must have been kept in the water continuously for 60 days prior to Class Championships and Fleet Championships.
II.D.3. The crew for Class Championship and Fleet Championship Series must be a person who meets the basic principles and intent of these rules (Section II.A.4), and they must have sailed in at least twelve Class Races in the same boat during the time period between the last Class or Fleet Championship Series and the Class or Fleet Championship Series under consideration. Paid professional sailors and full-time sailing coaches must have been retired for at least three full years.
II.D.4. Only the Helmsman shall steer the boat during a race except for momentary relief in non-tactical situations.
II.D.5. It is intended that strict adherence to the rules specified in this section be maintained. However, a member with special circumstances, may petition the Class or Fleet Board for a variance in these
II.D Rules using the provisions of I.D.15. This should be done well in advance of the event.
II.D.6. The Class or Fleet Measurer may require the first five finishers be inspected at the finish of each race.
II.D.7. The Main Sail is to be manufactured by Elliot Pattison Sailmakers, and the Jib Sail is to be manufactured by Ullman Sailmakers.
III.E. Equipment Required/Permitted
III.E.1. All Class Required Equipment as defined below shall be aboard while racing in any Class regatta. Specified weights may be installed in substitution for certain items of Class Required Equipment. No other sailing equipment will be permitted aboard Class Yachts while racing except as is specifically provided for below.
III.E.2. Each item of Class Required Equipment shall be in accordance with the designs and specification of the Builder or of at least equal weight and in the same location. Standard built-in interior equipment of the “Standard Base” Class Yacht shall not be removed or modified in any way so as to affect the performance of the yacht.
III.E.3. Added compensation weight of lead or other approved material will be substituted in the absence of electric propulsion devices. Such weight shall be permanently fastened with GRP or mechanical fasteners. For auxiliary motor and batteries, 70 pounds is to be permanently installed on each of the platforms under the seats, and 20 pounds is to be permanently installed in the lazarette against the transom.
III.E.4. Owners shall request the Class Measurer’s approval for each specific weight substitution and the Class Measurer shall maintain (available for inspection) a true and complete record of each substitution.
III.E.5. Required equipment for Class racing includes:
a. Full seat cushions, either as supplied by the Builder, or their equivalent.
b. Three-pound anchor with 50 feet of 1/4″ diameter line, a 2-gallon bucket, a paddle of 36” minimum length.
III.E.6. Wind indicators and telltales (non-electric) are permitted and may be placed at the Owner’s discretion anywhere on the boat’s sails and rigging.
III.E.7. Compasses and timers are permitted. The size and location is at the Owner’s discretion.
III.E.8. GPS and VHF units may be on board for use in an emergency, but not used during a race unless noted on the Notice of Race or the Sailing Instructions.
III.E.9. The length of the tiller may be shortened to suit individual preference, and a tiller extension may be installed.
III.E.10. Running lights may be installed.
III.E.11. An electric bilge pump may be installed.
The full text of the ByLaws can be found online here.
All members must be current with their membership dues.
It is the responsibility of the competitor to conform with these rules. The Class and Fleet Measurer’s may perform inspections before or after the race to validation rule conformance. Questions should be directed to Warren Duncan or Michael Volk, Measurers and Rules Chairs.
Variances to these rules, should be petitioned to the Board of Directors (as provided for in the bylaws) prior to the races by submitting them to the Class or Fleet Measurer as appropriate.
See you on the water next weekend!!