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Hansa/Access boats Equipment Allowed

Alternative Equipment Allowed on Hansa/Access Class Dinghies

Please Note: There are many RAEs applicable to SKUDs Liberties, 303s and 2.3s with which we recommend that those involved in applying the class rules should make themselves familiar. - Follow the link to see them them all.

Please Note: The above link is to the International Hansa Class website, that is kept  up to date, and it is to this that judges would go in the event of a protest

Please Note: Some of these RAEs are explained below,but the wording used in any protest will be that of the primary document that you will find on the link above. 

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29-03-2012 Decision by the ACA(UK) Technical Committee

The Technical Committee has received a request from a severely disabled Access 2.3 sailor to be allowed to fit a length of strong shock-cord from the boom to the bow and back to the other side of the boom. It is suggested that this will help to pull the boom out and keep it firmly in position when sailing downwind in light airs. A similar arrangement will be seen on many OK, Solo and Finn class dinghies.

It has also been suggested that a similar arrangement could help a Liberty sailor with limited mobility. In both these cases it can be argued that Class Rule C.2.2 (d), which allows modifications which compensate for a disability, is applicable.

As this shock-cord arrangement could possibly give an advantage for any sailors, the ACA(UK) Technical Committee has decided that boom hauler shock-cord may be used in UK events in 2012 by all sailors in the Access 2.3 and Access Liberty classes. The committee members will be pleased to receive comments after experience of such a modification, together with photographs.

If it proves successful, a formal application will be made to the International ACA later in the year to approve the arrangement for world-wide use.

Richard Smallwood
Chairman, ACA(UK) Technical Committee
22 March 2012

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New Equipment Allowed on Access Class Dinghies

From: Richard Smallwood
UK Representative, International Access Class Association, and
Chairman, ACA(UK) Technical Committee

The attention of UK Access class sailors and their helpers is drawn to the IACA website http://www.accessclass.org/ - Technical – Equipment Applications. A number of proposals for additional or modified equipment to be fitted to Access dinghies have been approved. There are 10 “Applications for Replacement or Additional Equipment” (RAEs) which have been considered by the IACA Technical Committee and nine have been approved after one was withdrawn by me.

Two of the newly approved proposals, RAE003 and RAE004, cover modifications which are already allowed in ACA(UK) events and are covered by the Special Class Rules 4.1 and 4.2, available via the ACA(UK) website. These relate to additional blocks and cleats for control of the clew outhaul in all classes, and an additional mainsheet block for Access 303 and Liberty classes.

Particular attention is drawn to 2 and 4 below which some members may wish to implement.

The new equipment now specifically allowed in the UK, and world-wide, by these RAEs is:

1. RAE001 and RAE005 – A cleat console is allowed on top of the keel in all versions of the Access Liberty.

2. RAE002 and RAE010 – In all classes a turning block is now allowed at the end of the boom for the clew outhaul.

3. RAE007 – Cam cleats on top of the keel are officially allowed for Access 2.3 mainsheets in place of the standard clam cleats.

4. RAE008 – The console turning block for Access 2.3 mainsheets may now be a ratchet block.

5. RAE009 – In all classes the eyes in the console for the mainsheet reefing lines may be replaced by box sheaves to allow easier reefing.

These changes take effect immediately for ACA(UK) events. In the full description of each RAE on the IACA website a suggestion is given for an appropriate block or fitting. If assistance is needed to interpret the changes allowed, a member of the ACA(UK) Technical Committee should be consulted.

It is hoped that those ACA(UK) members who would find the new equipment allowed helpful will take advantage of these changes.

If ACA(UK) members have other suggestions for new or alternative equipment for Access Class boats, these should be submitted firstly to the ACA(UK) Technical Committee through the Secretary of ACA(UK).

Please also see the Access Class rules by clicking this link http://www.accessclass.org.uk/spage-documents-a_d_class_rules.html

Richard Smallwood – 4 August 2009

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