Equipment inspections are carried out at all IODA events to verify that sailors compete with legal – class rule compliant – equipment, thus ensuring a fair and safe competition. Every rule has its purpose and none is less important than the rest. Make sure that you have everything correct before you go afloat and check everything again between races.
Who do we inspect?
Three of the first ten sailors in each race will be inspected. Prior to the day's races the International Jury gives the finishing positions (not the names, not the sail numbers, not the country) of the sailors to be inspected to the measurers that will do the inspections.
The measurers on the boat will do their best to call the sailors to be checked but it is the responsibility of the first ten sailors to approach the measurement boat and ask if they are going to be inspected. If a sailor that has to be inspected fails to approach the measurement boat, the measurer will report the incident to the Race Committee, who may protest the competitor. So, be aware that you might face disqualification if you finish among the ten first sailors and do not approach the measurement boat for inspection!!!
NOTE: If the measurer sees a boat clearly breaking any of the measurement rules, they may also call them for inspection irrespective of finish position. For example if they see a sail luff band too high or low.
What do we check?
Compliance with the Class Rules, especially those in connection with the following items:
- PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (PFD)
- PAINTER (OR TOWING ROPE)
- LUFF MEASUREMENT BAND
- GAP BETWEEN FOOT AND BOOM AND BETWEEN LUFF AND MAST
- CLEARANCE BETWEEN SPAN AND BOOM
- MAST RETAINING ARRANGEMENT
- BUOYANCY BAGS
- MEASUREMENT STICKERS AND SAIL EVENT STAMP
The penalty for not complying with any these class rules MAY be less than disqualification. However, the final decision is at the discretion of the International Jury. Repeated infringements may receive more severe penalties.
Read the complete article following the link below and learn more about the requirements for each of the items listed above.