In our inaugural International Class Association world council meeting, John Tushingham provided this insightful perspective on the class rules:
One of the founding principles of the rules is that when you purchase a stock boat, pull it out of the box, rig it according to the instructions, then you should be able to go to any event and be competitive and class legal. What we also don’t want to see is an environment were people feel they need to do extra changes to be competitive. The rules aim to ensure that a standard specification boat is always completely competitive. The rules are there, in part, to help support our inclusive founding principles.John Tushingham
Many of you will be aware of the various social media groups for the classes and how there are many people who try hard to help a newcomer with a rules enquiry but often only succeed in getting lots of other people involved with the usual outcome being somewhat unsatisfactory for all.
The purpose of this page is to give everyone an easy to access to offical class rules interpretations, and outline the procedure that should be used to seek guidance and clarification on current rules.
The ICA Class Rules Sub-committee is responsible for issuing class rules interpretations. The Interpretations are published below.
14th June 2021 – New DF65 and DF95 class rules issue. No current interpretations pending.
Requesting an Interpretation
The DF ICA Regulations document outlines the process for requesting a rules interpretation. Head to section 9 and check out section 9.1.1 which gives you the correct way to get in touch with the Rules Sub-Committee and also tells you how your enquiry will be dealt with. It does not give you a timescale, however it might be reasonable for the sub-committee to meet once a month and issue interpretations as they are made.
The usual route to the Rules Sub-committee is in the first instance via your country body, secretary, or world-council member (NCA, DNM NCA, or NCS), who will then follow the procedure set out in the regulations to request an interpretation.
Section 9.2 is for emergency use only and is very much at the discretion of the committee as to whether they accept your personal approach to them. An appropriate example may be the need for a quick clarification during a major event.