July 10, 2022
Race Chair Communication #19

It is Cheating! Plain and Simple.
 
Once again, I want to emphasize that I hate sending these types of messages, yet I find myself having to do it again. Yacht racing is a Corinthian sport, and that is a huge part of why I got into sailing. I am just bewildered by the belief that “it” is OK as long as we are not caught.  
 
We are still finding boats that are contemplating NOT sailing in the configuration they are measured for or in violation of other class rules. 
 
  • If you are registered in the Cruising Class the boat MUST comply with the class rules. If not, you will be moved to the appropriate section in a racing class. 
  • If you are registered in a One Design Fleet you must comply with all ORC measured configuration requirements AND you MUST comply with your class rules. Your class rules are managed by your class. 
  • The crew weight you are sailing with must be within the range declared on your certificate
  • Don’t think complying with the above statements and then NOT complying with other rules is acceptable. It is not.
  • This is not a complete list or meant to define all the requirements. These are just the blatant simple ones to catch.
  • It is the boat owner or PIC’s responsibility to make sure a boat and crew comply with all requirements. 
If on random inspection, we find a boat with a certificate that disqualifies it from a class it is registered in, we will put the boat in the appropriate section/class.  This is nonnegotiable, non-protest able. How do you avoid this? 
 
1)     Review your certificate. It is the gold standard for your boat’s configuration.
2)     Review the rules.
3)     Make sure you comply.
4)     If you don’t comply, fix it!
 
“Corinthian” is not just a word, it is a way of life. 
 
 
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at any time over the next several weeks.

Chris Clark
Chair, 2022 Bayview Mackinac Race
Mackchair2022@byc.com

These communications are unofficial and informal. They are intended to provide information quickly and efficiently. This communication does not replace the NOR or SI’s; they are the “Official” documents.