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1. The full title of the Class shall be the South Coast One Design Class herinafter referred to as “the Class”.


2. The objects of the Class shall be to govern and to further the interest of the Class, the aim of which is to provide a seaworthy, fast One Design yacht, with good cruising accommodation, able to race as a Class or in Handicap Events; particular encouragement being given to racing as a Class.


3. Membership shall be of the following types:

(a) Full Member open only to owners or part owners of South Coast One Designs.

(b) Association Member open to yachtsmen interested in the Class.

(c) Honorary Member See Rule 4 below.

4. All Full and Associate Members shall be elected by the Committee. The Committee may invite any person who has rendered notable service to the Class to become an Honorary Member.

5. Full Members shall be entitled to vote at a General Meeting, but such votes shall be limited to one per boat in the case of part owners. Associate and Honorary Members may attend and speak at a General Meeting but shall have no vote.

6. A Member who is declared bankrupt shall automatically be deemed to have resigned.


7. Full Members : 15.00 per year per boat

Associate Members :3.00 per year

Honorary Members :nil

All subscriptions to be paid by Direct Debit or Bank Transfer. Any Members wishing to pay by any currency other than pounds sterling shall pay 5.00 surcharge thus making the Annual Subscription 20.00.

8 Subscriptions are due on 1st January annually.

9 If a subscription is still unpaid by 1st July, the Member shall be deemed to have resigned and the Class Registration Certificate shall be automatically revoked. (See also Rule 61).




11. The affairs of the Class shall be managed by a Committee of not less than four and not more than 12, all of whom shall be full Members of the Class. The Committee shall have power to co-opt additional Members as required who need not necessarily be owners but who may be technical advisers or be representatives of areas where there is a substantial number of owners not otherwise represented.

12. The Members of the Committee shall be elected annually at a General Meeting of Members and each such Member after three years service shall stand down for at least one year.

13. A Class Captain, who shall be Chairman and ex-officio Member of the Committee, shall be elected annually at a General Meeting for a maximum of three years.

14. The Committee shall appoint an Honorary Secretary who shall be ex-officio a Member of the Committee and shall deal with the day to day administration of the Class.

15. The Committee shall appoint an Honorary Treasurer, who shall be ex-officio a Member of the Committee and shall take charge of the funds of the Class, making such disbursements as the Committee may prescribe.

16. Proper books of accounts shall be kept by the Honorary Treasurer. The financial year shall run from 1st January to 31sr December.

17. The Committee shall appoint a Registrar, who shall be ex-officio a Member of the Committee. The Registrar shall maintain a register of boats and shall issue Class Registration Certificates. (See Section V).

18. The Committee may appoint an Honorary Racing Secretary, who shall be ex-officio a member of the Committee and shall arrange the racing programme in the Solent Area in consultation with the Clubs concerned.


19. The Committee shall have the power to appoint a Sub Committee to take action of its behalf. A Sub Committee shall consult Committee Members whenever possible before taking any important action and shall report any actions taken to the next Committee Meeting for covering approval.

20. The Committee shall have the power to alter or add to the Class Rules and shall report such changes to the next General Meeting. (See also Rule 28 below).


21. In any port outside the Solent where at least five boats are based, the Committee may at its discretion delegate such of its powers as it thinks fit to a Local Committee of Owners.

22. A Fleet Captain for such a port, who shall be Chairman of the Local Committee and ex-officio a member of the main Committee shall be elected annually at a General Meeting for a maximum of three years.


23. The Annual General Meeting shall be held in the winter of each year.

24. A Special General Meeting shall be called by the Class Captain and/or by the Committee whenever it is deemed necessary, or upon receipt by the Honorary Secretary of a request in writing setting our the questions to be discussed and signed by not fewer than one quarter of the Full Members.

25. At any Meeting, decision shall be by majority vote, by a show of hands (but see Rule 5) unless a postal vote of members is demanded by not fewer than five of the Members present.

26. At meetings of the Committee, three shall form a quorum.

27. At least ten days notice shall be given of any General or Committee meeting.


28. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the above Rules, all actions and decisions of the Committee or of any Officer of the Class shall be subject to any directive which may be given by the Members of the Class in General Meeting.




31. The Committee shall approve boatbuilders, but will withdraw such approval if it considers that either the letter or the spirit of any Class Rule has knowingly been broken by the said boatbuilder.

32. (a) Unless specifically mentioned in the Class Rules, no departure from the official plans is allowed. If there is any doubt in the mind of any boatbuilder, sailmaker, or owner, as to the intention or letter or any Rule, plan, or other matter, it is their responsibility to obtain a ruling from the Committee.

(b) The Committee shall consider any proposed deviation from the plan and may allow it if it neither in any way improves the sailing efficiency of the boat, nor markedly impairs performance.

(c) The kicking strap may be attached to a collar on the mast instead of to a deck fitting.

(d) All running rigging may be led back to the cockpit at the owners discretion and additional winches for the halyards may then be installed on the coach roof.

(e) Any gear and equipment may be used provided that the Committee is satisfied that it does not give an unfair advantage in racing.

33. The dimensions of the cockpit shall be in accordance with the plan but the detail within the cockpit may be to the owner’s specification. The cockpit may be self-draining.


34. Grooved and spars and forestays are not allowed.


35. The travel of the spinnaker boom up the mast shall be limited by a stop and be marked by a black band. The bottom edge of the black band shall be 3 feet 1.5 inches above the top edge of the bottom mainsail black band and the stop shall prevent the centre line of the spinnaker boom travelling higher than the bottom edge of the black band.


36. Double lifelines rigged on stanchions and a bow pulpit shall be fitted. The upper lifeline and the bow pulpit shall be not less than one foot six inches above the deck. A stern pulpit may be fitted.


37. Any engine may be fitted up to a maximum nett weight (including gear box but not shaft and stern gear) or 260 lbs. An engine with a nett weight of less than 120 lbs shall have weights fitted immediately beneath it, equal to 120 lbs, less its nett weight (see also Rules 66 and 67).

38. Boats with inboard engines shall have a propeller of not less than 9 inches diameter. The propeller aperture shall not be smaller than that shown on the official plans.


39. It is the responsibility of the builder to ensure that the boat is measured before she is launched. The Honorary Secretary shall maintain a list of Class Measurers.



In this section the word “never” shall mean “when new or at any subsequent time”)


41. Any sail maker may be used provided; he gives a satisfactory certificate that the sail conforms to be Class Rules, he submits the certificate to the Registrar, and the sail is made available for measurement if required.

42.All sails shall have the year of make and a serial number stamped on them. An insignia consisting of the letters SC and the boat’s number, both the letters and numbers being not less than figures one foot six inches high, shall be carried on both sides of the mainsail and Genoas made after 1st January 1974, and the number only on both sides of the spinnaker.

43. Only those sails shown on the plan are allowed, except that a tri-sail of any size or material and a storm jib of a size not exceeding two thirds of the area of the working foresail and of any material may be used. The dimensions of all sails except the foot of the genoa (see Rule 48 (a)) are maximum and shall never be exceeded.

44. The width between centres of seams, including false seams, shall not be more than 54 inches, in all sails.

45. The mainsail, foresails and genoa, shall be of wholly-woven fabrics of white Nylon, Terylene, Dacron, or similar sail cloth specifically excluded are laminated, high tensile “exotic” fabrics, e.g Kevlar, Spectre, carbon fibre, etc. The spinnaker may be of Terylene or Nylon sail cloth.

The minimum weights of sail cloths, in U.S. ounces per sq.yd., shall be:-Mailsail 6.3

Foresails 6.3

Genoa 4.5

Spinnaker 0.75


46. New sails may not be purchased at intervals of less than three years, except under exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the Committee.


47. (a) Only track and slides may be used for the luff and foot. Shackles or seizings may be used to attach the slides to the sail.
(b) A cross measurement from a point one quarter the way down the leach (from the edge of the headboard measured round the perimeter of the leach) to a point one quarter the way down the luff shall never exceed 4 feet 3.5 inches.
(c) A similar cross measurement from a point half way down the leach to a point half way down the luff shall never exceed 7 feet 8.5 inches.
(d) Roller reefing shall be fitted. The tack of the sail shall be not less than 4.5 inches from the after side of the mast. Jiffy slab reefing may be fitted. Luff cringles shall be at 3 feet and 6 feet from the tack cringle measured along the luff. Leach cringles shall be at 36.5 inches and 7 feet from the clew cringle measured along the leach. Measurements shall be from cringle centre to cringle centre. Deeper reefs are permitted at owner’s discretion.
(e) Battens shall not exceed the lengths shown on the sail plan, viz:
Top batten 2 feet 6 inches
Remainder(3) 3 feet 3 inches, except that the second and third battens may be of a length not exceeding 4 feet 3 inches, and shall be approximately equally spaced.
(f) A mechanical advantage may be used to adjust attention of the mainsail foot. Adjustment may be made during a race.


48. (a) The length of the foot shall not exceed 13 feet 6 inches when new.
(b) A cross measurement between two points 9 feet 6 inches down the luff and leach (measured in a straight line from the bottom of the head thimble) shall never exceed 5 feet 2.5 inches.


49 Spinnakers shall be the maximum size permitted under the I.O.R. without penalty. Special flat or reaching spinnakers are not allowed.





51. No boat shall be eligible for a Class Registration Certificate unless it has been built by an approved builder and is equipped with sails which confirm to the Class Rules. The owner or owners shall be full member(s) of the Class.

52. The Registration Certificate shall cease to be valid if:

(a) The boat changes hands
(b) Any alteration is made to the boat which does not confirm to the official plans and Rules, except for alterations approved through Rule 31 (b).
(c) The owner ceases to be a full member of the Class.

53. An owner shall give facilities for the Class Measurers, the Class Captain or his representative, to inspect his boat at any mutually convenient time.

54. The committee may suspend or cancel a Registration Certificate at any time if it considers that either the letter or the spirit of any Class Rule has knowingly been broken.


New Boat

55. The owner shall send the Measurement Certificate and Certificates from builder, sail maker and keel maker to the Registrar together with a signed statement that the boat and sails have complied and will comply with all Class Rules. The Registrar will then issue the Class Registration Certificate.

Boat Changing Hands

56. (a) The old owner shall send the Registration Certificate to the Registrar, with a Certificate that during his ownership and boat and sails have remained in conformance with Class Rules and plans, together with the name and address of the new owner.

(b) When the new owner joins the Class, and should be wish the boat to be registered and/or wish to race with the Class (see Rule 61) he shall apply to the Registrar for the re-issue of the Registration Certificate with a statement as in Rule 55. The Registrar will then re-issue the Registration Certificate in the name of the new owner.

New Sails
57. The owner shall send the Sail Certificate (as in Rule 41) and the Registration Certificate to the Registrar for registration and return.


58. The fee for registration or re-registration shall be 1. There shall be no fee for the registration of new sails.





61. Class races may be entered only by an owner who is a Full Member in possession of a valid Registration Certificate.

62. Only one professional crew may be on board and he may not steer.

63. For races where the carrying of a dinghy is required, the dingy shall be not less than 7 feet in length, and it shall have sufficient buoyancy to support three persons. Acceptable dinghies are:

(a) A rigid dinghy with oars and rowlocks lashed inside.

(b) An inflatable dinghy, fully inflated, oars and rowlocks safely secured.

64. Once a race has started, only one genoa , one working foresail, and one spinnaker may be used unless the sail in use is blown out or otherwise rendered unusable during the race.

65. While in commission, a boat may be hauled out no more than twice, for a total time out of the water not exceeding 48 hours, in any consecutive 28 day period. In exceptional circumstances, application may be made to the Honorary Secretary or to a member of the Committee.

Engines and Ballast

66. A South Coast One Design yacht may be raced with or without an inboard engine. The ballast requirements are given in Rule 37 (with) and Rule 67 (without).

67. Boats without an inboard engine shall carry a weight of 120 lbs, with its centre of gravity in the same place as that of the engine shown on the official drawings. The shall also be fitted with the standard propeller or a dummy of the same size. The propeller aperture shall not be smaller than that shown on the official drawings.

Instruments and Navigational Aids

68. The following instruments and aids are permitted to be used when racing. If any additional instruments or aids are onboard, their electrical supplies shall be disconnected and their displays made invisible when racing:-

(a) Radios for weather reports, direction finding, Consol, and ship to shore contact.
(b) An echo sounder.
(c) A log recording distance and (optionally) speed.
(d) Compasses.
(e) A sextant.
(f) Decca or similar navigation systems.


69. Every boat shall have on board all normal cruising equipment as specified in Rule 70.

70. The following items must be on board when Class racing:

(a) General Equipment:

Shut-off valves on fuel tanks.
Two fire extinguishers.
A manual bilge pump.
An anchor of not less than 28 lbs weight
A kedge of not less than 15 lbs weight.
Galvanised iron chain, 30 fathoms, 0.25 inch (minimum)
Two warps, at least 10 fathoms in length
A powerful torch, water resistant, with spare batteries and bulb.
A first aid kit and manual
A fog-horn.
A radar reflector.
Four fenders.
A boat hook.
A double burner cooking stove.
Cutlery, crockery, and galley equipment for four persons.
Four mattresses and two sets of bedding.
A cabin lamp.

(b) Navigation Equipment:

A properly installed marine compass
A echo sounder
A lead line
Navigation lights

(c) Emergency Equipment:

A heavy weather jib
Tools and spares including a hacksaw
A radio receiver capable of receiving weather bulletins

(d) Safety Equipment:

One life jacket for each crew member
Two safety harnesses
A horse shoe lifebouy with waterproof light and drogue
Waterproof containers, containing four red handflares and four white hand flares, clearly identified and readily accessible.
A floating heaving line, minimum length 50 feet


71. Any South Coast One Design may enter any handicapped race for which she is eligible. A South Coast One Design Registration Certificate is not required and Rules 61 70 above shall not apply.

72. There is no “Standard Rating” for South Coast One Design yachts. It shall be the owner’s responsibility to obtain and IOR rating (through the RORC), a Club rating, or a Channel Handicap, as required.

73 Individual owners shall be responsible for complying with the Rules and Regulations of the Club concerned.