SB20 Class Rules changes

After reviewing our SB20 Class Rules through the winter, ISAF has approved our proposed changes and the new rules will be published on the SB20 website and on the ISAF website.  The revised rules will become effective from Monday, 7th July 2014.

SB20 2014 Class Rules

SB20 2014 Class Rules Changes

The main aims of the review were to ensure that the rules are still appropriate, that newly available equipment is considered and modern sailing techniques are fully enabled, whilst ensuring that all existing boats remain ‘in Class’ and that costs are kept under control and reasonable.

In simple terms, the rule changes are:

–          C.4.1(1) change of wording referring to PFDs to fall in line with EU wording

–          C.5.1(6) amended to permit electric outboard motors

–          C.5.1(9) flares moved from ‘mandatory’ to ‘optional’

–          C.5.2(1) amended to include two new instrument devices

–          C.6.3(d) added to prohibit deliberate bending of the side rails (granny rails)

–          C.8.1(d) permits keels, particularly those fitted to earlier boats by previous manufacturers, to be adjusted to maximum depth projection

–          C.9.4 amended, standing rigging to be only supplied by the Licenced Manufacturer

–          C.9.5 amended to permit tapered sheets

–          C.9.7(a) added to define a minimum boom length, permitting shortening of the boom when gooseneck fittings cause the boom to be over length and catch on the backstay during gybes.

It is expected that no existing boat should be outlawed by any of these changes.

In the event of any concerns, recourse can be made to the Class Measurer, John M. Outhwaite using


Thanks, and enjoy your sailing

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