Etchells News

UPDATE - 2016 Proposed changes to the Etchells Class Rules

Posted February 12, 2016

The approved rule changes (#1, #3, and #4 below) have now been approved by World Sailing (formerly ISAF).  The updated class rules are online.

1) Proposed change to the International Etchells Class One Design Rule C.3.2 PERSONAL EQUIPMENT – TOTAL WEIGHT  APPROVED

          Current Rule: The total weight per person of worn or carried clothing and equipment, including footwear and other clothing worn below the knee, shall not exceed 10 kg. This amends RRS 43.1 (b).

          Proposed Rule: The total per boat of worn or carried clothing and equipment, including footwear and other clothing worn below the knee, shall not exceed 30 kg.  This amends RRS 43.1 (b).

FOR 109 (70%)    AGAINST  40   - 156 total votes with 7 abstentions

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2) Proposed change to the International Etchells Class One Design Rule F.5.2 SPINNAKER POLE – MATERIALS NOT APPROVED

          Current Rule: The spar shall be of aluminum

          Proposed Rule: The spar shall be of aluminum, fiberglass or carbon fiber.

FOR 86 (55%)    AGAINST  68   - 156 total votes with 2 abstentions

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3) Proposed change to the International Etchells Class One Design Rule C.2.1(b) CREW – LIMITATIONS APPROVED

          Current Rule: No crew member shall be substituted during an Etchells class Sanctioned Event as described in Appendix A.3

          Proposed Rule: Substitution of crew will not be allowed without prior written approval of the International Jury, and such requests shall be submitted to the Race Committee for verification of eligibility and crew weight of the substitute crew.

FOR 140 (90%)    AGAINST  12   - 156 total votes with 4 abstentions

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4) Proposed change to International Etchells Class One Design Rule C.5 PORTABLE EQUIPMENT to move the placement of the VHF Radio from C.5.2(b)(8) – NOT FOR USE OPTIONAL to C.5.1(b)(7) FOR USE OPTIONAL. APPROVED

FOR 128 (82%)    AGAINST  12   - 156 total votes with 16 abstentions

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Original post:

Four proposed rule changes are on the ballot sent out on February 11, 2016.  Voting must be done no later than March 15, 2016.  If you are a current Active/Owner member of the International Etchells Class, you are eligible to vote.  You may do so online via this LINK

Or if you prefer to print and mail, here is the link to the document.

Don't forget to vote no later than March 15, 2016!