- A Measurer will be appointed by the committee. He will be empowered to check any boat at any time providing that the owner has prior notice.
- He shall be responsible for checking hulls, spars, sails, ballast, etc., for compliance with the Association’s Measurement Rules, reporting back to the committee.
- The following variations from The traditional characteristics of the Falmouth Working Boat are permitted;
2. MeasurementsBoth Classes The hull draft shall be no more than 5.5/29ths of the overall hull length. (for boats measured after 3.3.93). e.g.:
|5' 6"||5' 3 1/2"||5' 1 1/2"||4' 11"||4' 9"||4' 6 1/2"||4' 4 1/2"||4' 2"||4'||3' 9 1/2"|
|Length of hull||29 feet|
|Draught||5 feet 6 inches|
|Side deck width||2 feet 3 inches|
|Staysail tack-down point to front of stem||2 feet 3 inches|
|Mast height; deck level to truck||35 feet|
|Sail area||1000 square ft.|
|Large jib area||260 square ft.|
|Small jib area||170 square ft.|
|Large staysail area||250 square ft.|
|Small staysail area||150 square ft.|
|Mainsail roach||12 inches|
|Sail batten length||5 feet|
|Depth of jib foot round||6 inches|
|Depth of staysail foot round||9 inches|
|Headsail headboard width||2 1/2 inches|
|Bowsprit; extending outboard||12 feet|
|Mainsail; Head length||16 feet|
|Foot length||19 feet|
|Length of hull||25 feet|
|Side deck width||2 feet|
|Mast height; deck level to truck||31 feet|
|Bowsprit; extending outboard||12 feet|
|Mainsail; Head length||13 feet|
|Foot length||16 feet|
|Mainsail roach||0 feet 9 inches|
|Staysail tack-down point to front of stem||1 foot 9 inches|
|Sail area||650 square ft.|
|Large jib area||180 square ft.|
|Small jib area||120 square ft.|
|Large staysail area||200 square ft.|
|Small staysail area||120 square ft.|
|Sail batten length||4 feet|
|Depth of jib foot round||5 inches|
|Depth of staysail foot round||8 inches|
|Headsail headboard width||2 1/2 inches|
|Bowsprit; extending outboard||11 feet|
|Mainsail; Head length||11 feet 9 ins.|
|Foot length||15 feet|
3. Boat modifications and new boatsa) Before carrying out modifications to an existing boat that will affect its performance, an owner must consult the committee, giving full details of the proposed modification and must obtain the committee’s agreement that the changes correspond to the letter and spirit of the class rules. b) Before starting construction of a new boat and during its construction, the committee must be consulted to ensure that the boat corresponds to the letter and spirit of the class rules.
4. Sailsa) Before use in racing a sail must be measured according to the ISAF equipment rules of sailing (from 23.11.2011). It must be marked on the tack by the Association’s Measurer with his signature, the date of measurement, and (new sails from 20.11.07) in numbers at least four inches high, the area of the sail. b) No sail may be replaced in under five years of its measurement date, except under special circumstances and with the consent of the committee. c) For racing purposes, boats may have and use only one of each of the following sails under five years old:- one mainsail, one topsail, one large jib, one small jib, one large staysail, one small staysail and one spitfire jib. d) Repairs and recutting under the supervision of the committee may be allowed. A repair involving replacement of more than half a sail’s area shall be deemed to be a new sail for the purpose of this rule. e) Spinnakers may be used in the Small class. The Large class may only use spinnakers on passage races and at Fowey. f) Old sails may be used for racing provided that they do not exceed the areas currently allowed for individual sails and for total sail area carried. g) Sails shall be made of polyester material. The colour of all sails shall be white except that topsails may be of any colour and pattern. Camber lines and transparent sail windows are not allowed.
5. DispensationsUnder Constitution Rule 17 dispensation has been given to the following: a) All boats racing in the class up to and including the 1978 season have dispensation to continue to race as they did at that time. Any modifications to the boats or rig since then are subject to Association rules. b) January 1983. ‘Six Brothers’ was given dispensation for stability purposes to add lead to her keel. c) January 1984. ‘Victory’ was given dispensation, under Measurement Rule l.d. to add lead to her keel. d) January 1984. ‘Cousin Jack’ was given dispensation to encapsulate one ton of lead in her keel for stability and hull integrity purposes. e) January 1984. ‘Mabel’ was given dispensation to have a steel box keel containing three quarters of a ton of lead. f) January 1990. ‘Winnie’ was given dispensation under Measurement Rule l.d. to add lead to her keel. g) January 1990. ‘Boy Willie’ was given dispensation to race in the scratch class. (being 30’6” overall). h) May 1991. ‘Sadie Dalton’, ‘Lena’ and ‘Girl Sarah’ were given dispensation to have steel box keels containing a half ton of lead. i) January 1991. ‘Boy Willie’ was given dispensation to have a steel box keel containing lead; the total keel weight to be no more than two tons. j) January 2002. ‘Stella’ was given a dispensation to have a steel box keel containing lead; the total depth of her ballast keel to remain unchanged. k) March 2003. ‘Holly Ann’ was given dispensation to have a steel box keel containing lead not exceeding a total weight of 2 tons. l) April 2004. ‘Cousin Jinny’ was accepted into the class, being constructed of glued longitudinal and diagonal planks covered with epoxy glass. She was given dispensation to fit her chain-plates to mini bulkheads and not bolted through the hull, the chain-plates being as far outboard as possible, against the beam shelf. m) April 2008. ‘Leila’ was given dispensation to have a steel box keel containing 5cwt of lead. n) April 2010. ‘Muriel’ was given dispensation to have a steel box keel containing 935 kilos of lead in addition to her small iron ballast keel
6. Racing Rulesa) Working Boat Racing takes place under ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing, the RYA Prescriptions, the RYA racing charter, the Association’s Rules, harbour regulations and the sailing instructions of the organizing Clubs and Village Regatta Committees. b) All boats must have a minimum £2.000.000 Third Party Insurance cover for racing. c) Incidents and Protests. If an incident occurs that involves damage to a boat or boats or injury to a person, or potentially dangerous seamanship, the skippers concerned are to submit a written Incident Report describing the facts of the incident, together with details of any damage or injury, to the Association Secretary. If the incident involves damage to a boat or boats or injury to a person, a protest should be lodged with the organizing authority of the race to determine the facts and the racing rules broken as soon as possible. Rapid resolution of insurance claims can best be achieved by agreeing the facts that are sent on to the insurance companies concerned. It is in the interests of the class to keep insurance claims as low as possible.” d) For the purpose of claiming water at a mark, an overlap must be established on an outside Working Boat when the leading boat comes within three of her overall lengths of a mark. In Working Boat racing the ISAF ‘Racing Rules of Sailing’ are modified as follows:- DEFINITIONS ‘Zone’ The area around a mark within a distance of three hull lengths of the boat nearer to it. A boat is in the zone when any part of her hull is in the zone. For the purposes of this definition, ‘hull length’ shall include the bowsprit. PLEASE NOTE that other classes are using the unmodified definition of hull length, which applies when working boats are rounding marks with other craft. e) Penalties for breaking the racing rules. After rule infringement or hitting a mark, a ‘One Turn’- 360 degree turn penalty including one tack and one gybe may be performed (modifying the Racing Rules of Sailing, rules 44.1 and 44.2). f) No advertising shall be displayed on hull, spars, sails or equipment. It is however acceptable to have sail makers marks on both sides of each sail at the tack. g) Only boats owned by paid up members of the Falmouth Working Boats Association may take part in Working Boat races, irrespective of the organizing authority. h) Safety Equipment Safety equipment shall be carried corresponding to RYA Category 5 as detailed in RYA publication YR9 with class modifications and is as follows:-
- A suitable means for bailing or pumping and a stout bucket of at least 9 litres capacity attached to a lanyard.
- At least two red hand flares and two orange smoke flares, suitably waterproofed.
- Boats carrying fuel shall carry a fire extinguisher.
- One lifejacket per crew member aboard to EN 150 Newton standard ready for immediate use.
- A rescue quoit or throw bag with at least 15m of floating line.
- At least one lifebuoy or lifesling.
- A waterproof first aid pack with instructions.
- At least one suitable anchor and sufficient cable to hold in the depth of ater and likely weather conditions in or near the racing area.
- A waterproof VHF radio transceiver or mobile telephone.
- A marine type steering compass of a minimal card diameter 60mm.