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CSCA February 17, 2006 - Cotuit, MA
Dear Cotuit Skippers:

Upon the vote of the CMYC Race Committee at the conclusion of the 2006 centennial season, I am writing you in the midst of a very long spell of sub-freezing weather to remind you of some one-design decisions of the race committee prior to the 2007 season. These are:

1. That PVC shall not be used for centerboards.To our knowledge, there remains one yacht which carries a PVC board.That yacht or any other carrying such a board may be subject to protest by other yachts or the Race Committee, if she continues to carry that type of board.

2. That rudders shall be fitted to the transom by pintles and gudgeons and have no mechanisms by which they may be tilted, rocked or otherwise raised in shallow water.To our knowledge there exist two yachts with non-conforming hardware, which should either be altered to fit the specifications or fastened in such a way that no tilting may be achieved or suffer the risk of protest.
a. As of this writing, neither the Raced Committee nor the Cotuit Skiff Class Association has seen the results of studies made of skiff rudders to ascertain whether a ‘standard of design’ can be achieved.
The race committee also delegated myself, Larry Odence and Brad Wheelwright to examine the standardization of sails. Brad and I took a random sample of Squeteague sails both older and very recent in the autumn.The results of that measurement are attached. Subsequent to that measurement, Larry Odence and I had a conversation with Mark Daniels of Squeteague Sails about the variations of length and slide numbers on sails.A number of things emerged from this conversation, which may be worth some discussion in the future.

1. The cloth is cut by computer measurement, which is accurate to a very small fraction of an inch.Thus every sail starts with the same amount of cloth cut to the same measurements.

2. The variation in post-construction measurement comes from human error in building the sails – e.g. whether the tape edge is put on tightly or loosely.Mark will be double-checking the process this winter to insure that the variation is minimal.Slide numbers along the foot should be standardized at 16, to include a slide at the outhaul clew.{The standard for distance between slides on the gaff and boom is customarily 12 inches.This would put 16 slides on the foot of 200 inches.}

3. Certain aspects of the CMYC sail override computer generated ‘optimal’ placements – e.g. batten pockets.This, too, has been subject to some variation in the construction process, which bears reexamination.

4. Some variations in the sails as rigged arise from the fact that skiffs do not enjoy standard one-design hardware neither along the spars {lashing, slides} nor at the clews {gooseneck, jaws}.The standard sail will react differently do different methods of setting it on the spars.

5. With proper care, a Squeteague sail should remain competitive for at least three years, if not longer. It would be the recommendation of this ‘sub-committee’ that the CMYC adopt a resolution that sails be used for a minimum of three years before being replaced, unless a sail has suffered significant damage.All new sails should be registered with the Race Committee.

6.The present sub-committee believes that Squeteague has been doing a reasonable job of supplying uniform sails to the fleet but that routine measurements are necessary to monitor standards. We would recommend that the Race Committee consider having a standing sub-committee to over see sail construction on a permanent basis.

7. Larry, as the current class historian, has reviewed the sail numbers, which, of course, have little relevance now to the date at which any hull was built.Upon reviewing the state of sail numbers as of this writing, it would be the committee’s recommendation that numbers below 70 that are not in use be retired and current skiff numbers under 70 be retired when hulls are destroyed, unless replaced by the same owner/family who wish to retain the old number. We recommend that numbers in the 70s be set aside for Ned Crosby and others who might build a Skiff or two and that further numbers in the 90’s be reserved for Geyser hulls.We would discourage arbitrary high numbers, reserving numbers 100-120 for fiberglass hulls and numbers above that for wooden hulls built after the numbers under 100 are taken.


Thomas Knight Burgess2006 Chair, CMYC Race Committee
CSCA February 17, 2006 - Cotuit, MA

CSCA August 24, 2003 - Freedom Hall, Cotuit, MA
The meeting was called to order by Dake Henderson, President at 6:00 PM.The chair was passed to Lallie Lloyd representing the Specifications Committee of the CSCA who presented the resolutions of that committee for discussion and approval.

The voting members of the CSCA adopted a series of changes to the specifications as shown in the attached document highlighted in blue or deleted in red, to wit:

editing out repetitive or redundant language {red}, and

adopting changes affecting the following specification areas:

1. Decking: bulkhead cross braces
2. Rudder
3. Spar fittings; gooseneck and jaws
4. Hardware
5. Other: tiller extensions owner responsibility

In addition to the above votes, it was the general consensus of the meeting that CSCA specifications concerning the maximum length of the tiller be established in 2004. A motion was made and carried "that a rudder committee be formed to recommend final rudder specifications for CSCA approval in time to be adopted by the Race Committee before Labor Day 2004."

The up-dated specifications as of August 24, 2003 were presented to the Race Committee of the CMYC on August 31, 2003.

Thomas K. Burgess
Secretary, CSCA
CSCA August 24, 2003 - Freedom Hall, Cotuit, MA


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