As more and more handicap rated boats are showing up to our regattas with electrically/hydraulically controlled adjusters installed, applying Rule 52 becomes our burden.
52. MANUAL POWER
A boat’s standing rigging, running rigging, spars and movable hull appendages shall be adjusted and operated only by the power provided by the crew.
1) Why do we delete this rule?
2) Which divisions would you delete it for?
3) Which document is best suited for a deletion?
1) There is at least a perceived, if not a measurable (however slight), advantage to having this equipment. The rule was written to eliminate this advantage. We keep/delete it because we want more participation.
2) In the PHRF fleets that I oversee, the feeling is that the advantage is negligible enough on fully crewed boats that we delete the rule. In our Solo Challenge we do not delete the rule as the advantage is considerably more measured. One-Designs may have their own class rules to govern this issue. The rule seems to have little relevance to smaller boats.
3) Certainly it should be mentioned in a NOR as it may influence a competitor's desire to participate. I suppose the SI's should then reiterate the rule change. Could a set of Club Prescriptions cover this issue if they are listed as rules to be abided by, thus eliminating the need to include the rule change in the NOR or SI's?