2003 World Council News

World Council News

The World Council met in Victoria on June 23, 2003.  Minutes are available here on the WTCA website.

Here are some of the more newsworthy items.

Next Worlds
The next Tasar World Championships will be held in Darwin, NT, Australia in July or August, 2005.  Based on presentations made by Chris Parkinson, this promises to be a great event at a superb venue.  Check for further details as they become available.

Hull Weight
The World Council considered the issue of hull weight, and voted not to propose any change in the interim minimum hull weight (class rule D.3.2) at this time.  The minimum hull weight remains at 68kg, at least until after the next Worlds.

Proposed rule changes
The World Council is proposing four changes to the class rules. Each change will be voted on by all 10 regions and/or districts, and a majority of 7 districts must vote in favour if a rule is to be approved.  The approval of the Advisory Council and the ISAF is also required.  The proposed changes are discussed below (the actual wording of the proposed rules has not yet been finalized)

1.  Hounds to deck measurement and top mast support
A rule specifying the minimum measurement from the hounds to the deck will be proposed.  There have apparently been some instances of people reducing this measurement (by shortening their lower mast) to increase rake.  This is difficult or impossible to detect by inspection.  If this is a problem, The only way to address this problem (if it is considered to be a problem) is by specifying the minimum hounds to deck measurement.

The World Council was aware that an earlier hounds to deck measurement was declared to be unenforceable by the Jury at the International Regatta in Melbourne in 1998, because the Jury believed that the measurement could change during sailing, as the top mast, or a fitting on it, bedded into the lower mast.

To avoid this problem, and to improve the durability of all Tasars, the proposed new rule will require that the topmast is supported on an insert held in place inside the upper mast by the top anchor bolt for the diamonds. The insert is made from the same section as the topmast sleeve.  This is the way the top mast is supported on all current Australian and North American Tasars.  It is a simple, cheap and elegant solution to the problem of providing a durable support for the topmast, and avoiding the bedding in, and related damage to both mast sections, that can occur when the topmast is supported either by the hounds fitting or by sitting directly on the diamond bolt.

Inserts are available in North America for less than $10 US.  They can also be cut from an old topmast sleeve, using a table saw with a metal cutting blade. The insert can be postioned in the lower mast in the required location to support the top mast (and hounds) at the correct height, before a hole for the diamond bolt is drilled in the insert.  If necessary (e.g. to correct a measurement problem), the height of the top mast & hounds could be increased by cutting a shim from the same section, and dropping it in on top of the insert.

Reading some of the correspondence generated by the earlier hounds to deck rule suggests that there may be opposition to this proposal for two reasons.  Some people feel a measurement to control modifications to mast height is unnecessary, and some will resist a requirement to retrofit old lower masts to provide the proposed method of support.  Debate on this will be useful. If the rule is adopted, it won't be enforced until the next worlds

2. Adjusting forestays and or shrouds while sailing Concern was expressed that some crews have been adjusting their shrouds and forestays before or between races, while on the water.  This involves removing pins or shackles, and has the potential to result in dismasting.  A rule will be propsed to prohibit this practice.  It will not prevent a crew going ashore (or to a dock) between races to makes this change.
3. Revised shroud pull backs The class rules C.2.2 (k) allow "A simple line and block purchase system with a mechanical advantage of two" for pulling the shrouds back.   The rule also specifies that "Adjustment shall be effected immediately to the rear of the slide."
A change will be proposed to allow fitting an optional additional block, immediately aft of each shroud track.  In boats where the shroud pull back line is led through a hole in the deck or gunwhale, aft of the track, a length of line coming up through this hole could be used to locate the additional block.

This block will not change the purchase, which will still be 2:1.  It will make it easier to pull the shroud back if you are pulling from any angle other than directly aft of the track.

The requirement in the current rule for adjustment to be "effected immediately to the rear of the slide" would be incosistent             with the objective of this proposed change.  New wording will be proposed that limits the length of the pull back line,  so you  will have  to be close to the slide to use the pull back (no pulling the  leeward shroud back from the windward side!) although not necessarily "immediately to the rear" of it.

4. Length of the mainsheet strop Responding to ongoing complaints and debate, the World Council agreed to propose a change to rule C.2.3 (d).  This rule currently requires the mainsheet strop to be 250 mm +/- 10 mm.  The proposed rule will require a minimum length only, of 240 mm ( the min required by the current rule).  Basically, the idea is that you must have a mainsheet strop, but we don't really care how long it is, as long as it is at least 240 mm. This effectively restores the status quo that existed before the rule was introduced.
Approval of interpretations Interpretations 31, 32 and 33 were approved.  There was considerable debate about 33, which permits removal of the shroud stoppers, but it was approved.
Technical Development committee A proposal from Australia for a technical development committee was approved.  The committee will have a chair appointed by the World Council, and members from each region. (Note: this section revised and corrected 2003-08-04).
In accordance with the Tasar class Constitution, and with the approval of the World Council, dues may be levied from each region to pay for developments, experiments, etc.  The idea is that funds can be provided for experiements and trials such as the mylar jib that has been tried in North America (and which was paid for by Todd Blumel). No funds will be levied until there is a need for them.
The Technical Development committee would report to the World Council, and any rule changes required to implement any new idea or change would be submitted to a vote of the membership in the normal way (ISAF approval is also required for changes to the class rules).
World Council members The elected members of the World Council are: President    
Chris Parkinson, NSW, Australia Vice President     George Motoyoshi, Japan Chief Measurer     Dave Bretherton, NSW, Australia Executive Secretary     Richard Spencer, North America
The ex-officio members are the Presidents of the Tasar regions: Allan Johnson, North America) Constantijn Udo, Europe Chris Parkinson, Australia George Motoyoshi, Japan
There was an enthusiastic vote of thanks to outgoing President, Cathy Sherwood, and Chief Measurer, Todd Blumel.