Proposal K


Rule 15.1
Change from:
The boom shall be constructed of inherently straight aluminium alloy extrusion(s) and shall be of constant external dimension throughout its length, except the track may be cut away to a total length of 200mm with the band at the tack and/or clew to avoid fouling the sail cringle(s). The section may be cut away or tapered to accommodate tack and clew fittings.


Change to:
The boom shall be constructed of inherently straight aluminium alloy extrusion(s) and shall be of constant external dimension throughout its length, except the track may be cut away to a total length of 200mm with the band at the tack and/or clew to avoid fouling the sail cringle(s). The section may be cut away or tapered to accommodate tack and clew fittings. The section may be tapered at the clew end beyond the outer limit band.

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Reason:
The justification is that at several World Championships, booms have been rejected at measurement because of a taper cut into the outer end of the boom. Evidently, in some countries some competitors have come to believe that a taper is permitted but the International Measurer has required the equipment to conform to the rules which presently forbid a taper.

A "fix" has been observed wherein an aluminium can is taped to the outer end of the boom in such a way to conceal the taper. This "fix" may be dangerous to other boats and competitors during the regatta. The purpose of the rule change proposal is to make the meaning of the present rule much clearer so that no more boat owners cut a taper into their booms and to permit a very limited taper.

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The proposal was approved by over two thirds of those present. It was agreed that a postal ballot on this change will be deferred until after the 2002 Worlds at Melbourne so that if further rules changes are approved, one postal ballot may be used to seek approval of several items at one time.