RULES UPDATE: Download The Latest International Melges 32 Class Rules

16 July 2009

The rules for the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) have been updated. Please make sure that you have the latest copy.

Download the International Melges 32 Class Rules 

The following rules have been updated:

NEW A.5.1. 
These class rules shall be read in conjunction with the International ERS and measurements shall be taken in accordance with these unless specified. Where a term is used in its defined sense, it is printed in 'bold' type if defined in the ERS and in 'italic' type if defined in the RRS.

NEW C.2.3.1. 
Not more than 1 mainsail, 3 headsails, (a L/M jib, M/H jib, and a Heavy Jib), and 2 asymmetrical spinnakers shall be carried on board during class sanctioned events. For IRC, PHRF or any handicap races 1 code zero reaching spinnaker may be carried but shall not be a buttoned sail.

NEW C.2.3.2.
Not more than 1 mainsail, 3 headsails,(a L/M jib, M/H jib and a Heavy jib), 2 asymmetrical spinnakers shall be presented for measurement and/or registration at a class event.

NEW G.1.4.
Starting January 1st 2008. In addition to the base inventory outlined in rule C.2.3.2., each yacht is permitted six new class sails per calendar year (January 1-December 31) to be used in Melges 32 One Design Class events. Starting January 1st 2009, a yacht attending a minimum of four sanctioned class events in the prior calendar year is permitted seven new class sails for the next calendar year. A yacht attending a minimum of six sanctioned class events in the prior calendar year is permitted eight new class sails for the next calendar year. Each sail shall be registered with MPS or the ICA which ever is the authority at the time and shall be marked with the appropriate sail Button purchased by the owner, and supplied by MPS or the ICA. Sail Buttons shall be purchased for $30 and displayed on each sail in the original inventory, and each additional sail purchased. Sail buttons shall be sewn on the sail near the tack sailmakers logo on the starboard side. Additional sail buttons purchased beyond the base inventory will not roll over to future years, sails must be ordered within the year the button is purchased and new sails delivered by April 1st of the year following the purchase year of the sail button. Unless otherwise specified in the Sailing Instructions, each yacht shall register no more than the base inventory outlined inC.2.3.2. and shall use only those registered sails for the duration of the regatta. Owners who purchase a used boat are entitled to the base inventory of buttons outlined in ruleC.2.3.2.plussixnew class sails the first year of ownership. The owner may choose to check in sails purchased with the boat and those sails shall have buttons which will be recorded against their first year allotment of sail buttons. Charterers who do not own a Melges 32 may purchase an original inventory, plus five buttons per year, and transfer sails to different chartered boats. Charterers and Melges 32 owners who charter are permitted to transfer their own sails to a chartered boat, or may use sails registered to the chartered boat, but may not combine inventories. Melges 32 owners cannot charter a boat and purchase a set of charter sails. Melges 32 owners with multiple boats cannot transfer sail inventories from boat to boat. Transfer of boat ownership to either immediate family members or a non-sailing Owner to increase sail entitlements is not permitted. Swapping of boat ownership between Melges 32 owners to increase sail entitlement is not permitted. Should a sail be destroyed during a regatta, the owner of the boat or a representative from that boat may apply to the Race Committee for a replacement sail to be registered in place of the destroyed sail. If a sail is destroyed or a sail button lost the sail/button replacement form may be filled out and submitted to MPS or the ICA for replacement.

NEW C.4.8. 
A MPS designed hydraulic cylinder and pump may be used to jack the mast up and down to facilitate rig tuning in changing conditions and rigging and unrigging. The hydraulic pump may be adjusted while racing, but extreme caution must be used and it is stronglyrecommendedthat it not be adjusted under load. The hydraulic jack shall be set up in the maximum down position with a minimum of 400kgs (#5 on PT-3 Loos tension gauge) of tension on the Upper shrouds with the boat at rest, backstay eased at the dock. This reading shall betaken with the Loos Model PT-3 tension gauge and converted to Kgs. using the Applied Fiber tensionchart. The upper shrouds shall not be loosened beyond this point at any time. To measure the piston extension, with the mast up and tuned in the boat and the hydraulic jack in the fully released and down position, measure from the aft bottom corner of the mast basecasting up 500mm and place a mark on the aft side of the mast. Now measure down along the aft side of the mast from the top of the mast step plate to the mark on the aft side of the mast. This dimension shall not exceed530mm.The hydraulic mastjack pump location is optional provided that it remains either on the aft side of the

main bulkhead at the mast, the forward side of the main bulkhead at the mast, or on top of the longitudinal runningforward of the mast.