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Notes on sail and hull numbers

12 February 2018 David Ritchard

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Three fundamentals seem to be causing some confusion. With Fleets undertaking qualification series, and our recently conducted Australian National Championship being classified as a Qualifying Event, we need to make sure we all are aware of the rules that apply.

The basis of these maters comes from the following Class Rule

C.10.3 ACQUISITION AND REGISTRATION.

(h) Sails used in Etchells class racing shall comply with boats acquisition rights and shall be registered to the boat correctly with sail number and hull number matching except as determined and published by the IECA.

This is a fundamental.

An exception to the rule was brought in to accommodate members who have a boat say on the West Coast and wish to participate on the East Coast.
That variation notes: -

The intention of the following exceptions, as agreed by the IGC, is that they apply only to owners who are or may be prohibited for reasons of distance or cost associated with transporting to a World Championship venue or other Class sanctioned event the hull they used in their fleets’ qualifying races. These exceptions are in no way intended to apply and nor do they apply to owners who simply want to use a different hull in the World Championship for any other reason:

(a). An owner of multiple registered boats may use the hull, sails and Sail Measurement Certificate of Boat A in his or her fleet’s qualifying races and the hull of Boat B with Boat A’s sails and Sail Measurement Certificate in the World Championship.

(b) An owner of multiple registered boats may use the hull of Boat A with the sails and Sail Measurement Certificate of Boat B in his or her fleet’s qualifying races and the hull, sails and Sail Measurement Certificate of Boat B in the World Championship.

(c) An owner chartering a hull for the World Championship shall use the Sail Measurement Certificate and sail number from the boat used in his or her fleet’s qualification series.

(d) An owner using a hull from the loaner boat pool arranged by the World Championship Organising Committee shall use the Sail Measurement Certificate and sail number of the boat used in his or her fleet’s qualification series.

In all cases, both the hull used to qualify and the one used in the World Championship shall be correctly registered and comply with the certification requirements of Class Rule B.1, and Active Member dues shall have been paid on each boat.

The guts of this is: -

Both boats have to be registered. Refer below.

You simply cannot use Boat A using Sail Card B, unless there is a genuine reason for doing so. My boat is in Melbourne and my second boat is in Queensland will not cut the mustard. If you had a boat in WA, and one in NSW, the Race Committee would probably say OK. I suggest you don’t test the system. If you want some assistance, email president@etchells.org.au, and we will be happy to look at what you are proposing. Outcomes of such discussion are not binding on the Jury.

Some believe that you can ‘charter’ your own boat willy-nilly. Sorry that is not so.

Then we come to the issue of a new boat acquired during the Qualification series.

Appendix A 9 (3)

A Skipper purchasing a replacement boat during his Fleet’s qualification series may use that boat’s sail number and properly acquired sails for the sanctioned event in question, provided that he competes in at least five completed Fleet qualifying races using only the replacement boat and its sails. The Skipper’s scores in qualification races prior to the replacement shall be void for any other Skipper.

This rule is to allow a new boat to be introduced during a qualification series. Notice the word “REPLACEMENT”. That means that the new boat becomes the qualifying boat. Both sail and hull card apply to the new boat. Not the sail card from the old boat and the hull of the new boat.

Finally, if a competitor is intending to use the 2017-2018 Australian Nationals as a Qualifying event in the terms of Appendix A Rule 7 C the sail number (sail card) used in the Nationals will be qualifying sail number for the Worlds. That means you need use the sail card and hull for the same boat in the Worlds.

As referred above please note that a member who owns more than one boat must register the second boat with the Australian Association to make that boat compliant for racing. The procedure for that registration process is set out in the Members Area, Help menu.

David Ritchard









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