As a member of the NSCA you will have received notice of a Special General Meeting to be held by Zoom at 19:00 on the 25th March. If you have not received the email, either your subscription is outstanding, the email address we have for you is incorrect or the email has accidentally gone into your junk folder.
This paper is intended to deal with FAQ’s which you may have arising out of the intention to address four areas of rule amendment.
Proposed rule changes. FAQs
Resolution 1 Halyard cleat/rack.
This resolution is intended to deal with a rule anomaly which has recently come to light.
As things stand, the rules do not provide that mast fittings should include a halyard cleat. It is the case that the halyard cleat should be fitted to the hull only.
However, for many years, masts have been supplied by Selden, Superspar and manufacturers before them, with a cleat or rack fitted to the mast.
Q. Will the fitting of a mast cleat/rack versus one on the hull, affect the performance of the boats?
A. No. Either the cleat/rack is part of the all up weight of the boat or it is part of the all up weight of the mast.
Q. I have a boat where the cleat/rack is fitted to the hull. Do I need to move the cleat to the mast?
A. No. Location of the cleat or rack, whether on the hull or on the mast below the Lower Point Height will be optional.
Q. Why has this only come to light now?
A. Not sure. The ommission may have arisen when the rules were re-drafted for ISAF/World Sailing format.
Q. Why should I vote for this resolution?
A. In all likelihood, your mast will have a cleat/rack fixed to it. For your boat to remain in class, if the resolution were to fail, you will have to move the halyard cleat/rack to the hull.
Resolution 2. Halyard Lock.
Historically and more recently, a limited number of masts have been fitted with halyard locks. The committee seek to establish from the membership if these masts should remain in class, or not
Q. What are the advantages of a halyard lock?
A. Perceived by some to offer less compression on the spar. However, the loads of the Solo are low and performance gain is thought to be marginal.
Q. Am I obliged to fit a halyard lock?
A. No. The fitting is optional.
Q. Are there any disadvantages to a halyard lock.
A. Arguably, dropping sail while afloat in a rescue or lee shore situation becomes more of a faff. Some may regard the fitting of halyard lock to be out with the utility of the Solo in all sailing locations.
Resolution 3. Inhaul blocks.
A high percentage of modern boats are already configured with adjustable inhauls. There is currently no provision in the rules for these to be fitted. Given the widespread adoption of tack inhauls in modern boats, the resolution if carried will bring the use of these fittings into class.
Q. Is there a performance advantage to an adjustable inhaul?
A. Depends who you speak to. Some top sailors, are on record that they think adjustable inhauls are of limited effect. Others will espouse that they make a difference. There are boats with inhaul arrangements at all ends of the fleet. Likewise, boats with a fixed inhaul will compete just fine. Ultimately it boils down to personal preference. Sailing skill will greatly outweigh any marginal performance gain of an adjustable inhaul, or not.
Q. Do I have to fit an adjustable inhaul?
A. No. It is optional.
Q. Why is the committee proposing a rule change?
A. Much as for resolutions above, especially no.1, the committee sees the need to bring boats with inhaul arrangements into class. The committee do not perceive there to be any measurable performance gain or bearing on the one design nature of the class. Failure of the resolution will result in the need to modify a preponderance of recent boats.
Resolution 4. Progrip style floors and decks.
Here again, there is a trend towards modern boats being equipped with Progrip or Seadeck style non-slip areas. The resolution is designed to bring these boats into class.
Q. Is there a performance gain to fit these items?
A. None perceived.
Q. Why should I vote for this resolution.
A. The committee would like to bring existing boats fitted with non-slip into class. It is moot that such non-slip is illegal in the first place but we would like to ensure the rules reflect current construction and use methods.
RYA and voting.
Q. Have the RYA sanctioned the proposed changes.
A. Yes, they have on the 16th February 2021. But the final vote rests with voting members. A two thirds' majority of those voting or abstaining is required.
Q. When can I vote.
A. You are able to vote at the Special General Meeting on the 25th March 2021 19:00 Zoom call. You will be afforded. three options to each resolution, by electronic means. Resolution accepted. Resolution rejected. Abstain.
Q. Where is the log-in for the Zoom call?
A. The log in is on the Special General Meeting email sent to you by Hon Membership Secretary John Steels.
Graham Cranford Smith pp. Nick Hornsby Chief Measurer NSCA
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