NEW REGULATIONS FOR MEASUREMENT AND SAIL NUMBERS
Hello all, there is a need for a change in what we do in relation to measurement and measurement certificates and also sail numbers to comply with the International J24 class rules.
Whilst we have to make some changes it can do be done with minimal effort and cost but offers a great opportunity for the Association to market the J24 class more effectively. More about that later.
Before you read the changes we wanted to explain how we will do it, so that you can see the Association is going to great lengths to make it as easy as possible. In the background over the next month part of the National measuring team will gather data from a lot of different sources to enable a large part of the fleet to get through the process quickly.
Alyn Stevenson, our National Vice President and International Representative, has done a fantastic job of researching, sorting and bringing this all together. It is a mammoth job of collating international and national information, creating several new databases and implementing this change throughout Australia. Please give him your support in this important task to make us comply with the IJCA and to make you, our class owners legally comply with your one design class requirements. It is a huge benefit to all J24 owners. Soon this information will be recorded on the class website boat register and will indicate a conforming boat with with corresponding enhanced boat value.
Alyn has put together this information to help us all comply, please read his notes carefully:
I estimate it will take about a month before the first certificates start to appear as the IJCA Office is tied up with the WCM in Sweden.
Boats that’s have had new masts, booms, kite pole, rudders, major repairs or keel fairing etc. since the issue of their current certificate will need to measured in these areas (as per class rules)
Basically a J24 should have a Measurement certificate and also a Measurement Data sheet.
The hurdle is the Measurement Data sheet, and we will encourage each state to do a measure day so that these can all be completed easily. The second hurdle is current measurement certificates are inconsistent with some having builders weight recorded, some dry weight and some race weight.
This is why we can’t just swap over certificate for a new one. (We did actually try to get one through but it was rejected).
The biggest task is for the measurers and they are here to help but we do ask the owners to support the measurers as ultimately it’s the owner’s responsibility to comply with the rules.
Every owner will get a new certificate issued by the IJCA (fee is a minimal $25 – this is a special offer during the inital changeover period, a new measurement fee of $45 will apply from 20th February onwards – see below) All data on your boat will be kept on an International and National database making it simple in the future.
Every owner will get a new sail number with the new certificate and this will be your HULL number as per the class rules.
You will all have very high sail numbers. Now you will read the changes and we included the rules in relation to measurement so that owners have a better understanding of them.
Don’t be alarmed by them or the processes it’s easier and more simple than it looks and that’s a key role of measurers “to assist and educate owners to enable their boats comply with measurement rules.”
There has already been a fantastic response from around Australia as everyone wants to change the sail numbers for marketing the class. The National Association just asks for patience and assistance from owners to enable the Australian fleet to make these changes.
As of today there are new procedures to be followed for all Australia J4’s to enable them to comply with the class rules.
2.5 Measurement Certificate
2.5.1 The measurement Certificate shall include all of the information contained in Parts A, B, C, D, of the J24 Class Measurement Form.
2.5.2 A boats sail number shall be her hull number (unless otherwise prescribed by the owners National Authority – Now not required in Australia). When a boat is chartered or loaned the boats sail number may be that of the member who chartered or borrowed the boat.
2.5.3 No yacht shall race unless a current valid Measurement Certificate has been issued by the International J24 Class Association. This certificate will be in addition to any certificates required by the owners National Authority.
- YA are no longer involved with measurement of the J24 class in Australia or the issue of Measurement Certificates.
2.5.4 Change of Ownership shall invalidate the Measurement Certificate and shall require a new Measurement Certificate.
2.5.5 Any Alteration to the hull or replacement of the keel, rudder, and spars invalidates the measurement certificate until re – measured. A major repair to any of the foregoing or replacement of an item of equipment may also invalidate the measurement certificate.
- Please note that it is intended this will be scrutinized more closely in Australia in the future.
2.5.6 It is the responsibility of an owner to ensure that the yacht complies at all times with the current class rules and that a copy of the Measurement Certificate and Inventory of Required Optional Equipment( Rule 3.7.3) and kept aboard the yacht
- Note this also will be policed this season for compliance across Australia
2.5.7 No yacht shall race unless the owners and helmsman are full members of an NJCA or IJCA.
2.5.8 No yacht shall race without a current J24 Class Association membership sticker placed on the outer face of the transom near the upper starboard corner.
- Please note that the only valid recognized membership card is an IJCA membership card with a membership number – state membership cards not acceptable for entry for J24 Regattas.
Please read all of these rules and comments carefully to assist with the smooth operation and administration in Australia.
These procedures have been developed in consultation with the J24 International Technical committee.
ALL YACHTS SHALL APPLY TO J24 AUSTRALIA FOR A NEW MEASUREMENT CERTIFICATE as the current ones don’t comply with class rules – THIS WILL BE ISSUED BY THE IJCA.
- No State fleet or sailor may apply direct to the IJCA or ITC for membership or a Measurement Certificate in Australia and must deal directly with the AUS – NJCA
- Provide a copy of a previous Measurement Certificate.
- Copy of measurement data form – preferable in the excel format and scanned doc.
- Signed Release form from recognized measurer stating nothing has changed since last measured.
- Fee – $45 will apply from 20th February onwards (see above)
- Request to change sail number to hull number.
- All this should be given to State measurer who will forward it to National Measurer for processing.
Boats buying sails for the Nationals will be able to order them with new number (to eliminate them having to change them again.)
There will definitely be a need for measurers in each State to do new measurement data forms for some boats. My suggestion is that each State hold a measurer day and the fleet can all chip in and help.
All boats at Nationals must have a new IJCA Measurement Certificate.
All boats sailing at State level must have a new IJCA measurement Certificate by February 20th
All boats sailing in local Regattas must have a new IJCA measurement Certificate by March 15th
All these dates have been discussed with the ITC.
This gives a time frame to take the burden off of our measurers and get it all in order in a low key way.
Unfortunately we in Australia as some other countries did not comply with class rules so changes are needed as we must comply with ISAF and the IJCA. Having said that this provides a fantastic opportunity to market the class and everyone in Australia to have high sail numbers.
We thank members for the early positive response and look forward to cooperation from all members.
More details on making an application for a new certificate will be published shortly.
J24 Australia Executive