New Class rules in effect from 1st June 2017

After a long time and very hard work, the Class Rules are now re-written in accordance with the ERS (Equipment Rules of Sailing) which should clear up a lot of grey areas in the Class Rules while keeping the spirit and basic measurements of the boats the same.

You can view and download the Class Rules from the World Sailing website.

The new Class Rules should always be downloaded from the World Sailing website, as that are the ones in effect at the time.


Update to new rules

The final process in completing the SCR conversion for the Class Rules is taking a little longer than expected. Since the decisions at the AGM there have been many other modifications and changes. These are mainly rewording and reformatting. Some new rules have been introduced but the majority of the rules will have retained their original meaning.

Last week in Barcelona representatives of the OKDIA met with World Sailing technical staff to talk through the few remaining issues. Most have been solved and will be incorporated into the latest draft.

The plan is still to have these new rules come into effect in the new year.

Errors and corrections in draft of new Class Rules

There will be some errors in the draft of the rules. To avoid the same error being submitted many times we will list them here as they are found. The error will be underlined and the modification will be in red.

  1. Diagram 9 (F 3.5 Spars Dims.) Boom outer band is shown as being measured from the aft face of the mast (‘extended sail track’ aft face) 2640mm Max. Rule F.4.4 gives boom outer band being 2640mm from ‘gooseneck hole centre’. (drawing will be modified)
  2. F.3.3 (b)  The spar extrusion shall include a fixed sail groove or track which may not or may not be integral with the spar. (….may or may not…)
  3.  C.8.4.a  Foreside of rudder or its extension to:
    (i) transom at deck level …………………………………………. ….. 45 mm
    (ii) transom at keel level …………………………………………. ….. 45 mm
    Difference between (a) & (b)   (i) & (ii) .…………………… ……. 5 mm
    Intersection of leading edges of rudder below transom ……  … 50 mm


Q & A: Open or closed rules

What is the difference between closed and open rules, One Design and Development rules? What are we currently and what will we be under the new rules?

Closed class rules are where the default is that anything not specifically permitted is prohibited.

Open class rules are where the default is that anything not specifically prohibited is permitted.

One Design rules are for classes where the boats should be as identical as possible within a defined set of small tolerances.

Development rules are for where the purpose of the class rules is to control the parameters defining a permitted boat.

The current set of OK Dinghy rules are termed as One Design. (Class Rule No. 1). As such, the measurement of the boat is controlled by the defined tolerances.

With the introduction of SCR, closed and open categories replace One Design and Development classes.

So under SCR/ERS, rules must either be catagorised as closed or as open. Alternatively each section can be either open or closed. If a section is open however, then it has to list everything (and that means absolutely everything) that isn’t wanted.

Open rules can be used for Development classes where there is no need for stringent equipment control and where there is no desire to keep the equipment the same. Hence the development. However in some cases closed rules would also work.

The OK rules are based on measurement and tolerance, and keeping the boats as identical as possible. So we cannot have open rules.

Given that our new rules must either be open or closed, the proposed new rules have to be categorised as closed. This is stated in the Introduction to the new rules and at the beginning of Part II. This applies to all sections in Part II (C – G).

To all intents and purposes closed class rules and One Design rules are the same thing. The only minor difference is that closed rules have to be completely inclusive. The current OK rules are effectively closed except for a lot of practices and equipment that we have always used and assumed were accepted, but in fact have never been mentioned in the rules. For example, the tiller is never mentioned so under closed rules it must be included. There are a lot more examples and one of the tasks of the conversion was to include all these ‘assumed’ parts and practices.

Further afield, if we take a review of the 40 centerboard International classes we find the following.

So far 20 classes on this list have adopted SCR. Of these 20 classes, 11 are manufactured classes and have little or no measurement control. The remaining 9 are measurement controlled classes. However, ALL 20 classes have closed rules.

No class on the centreboard international list has, as far as I’m aware, yet adopted any SCR based open class rules.

The fact is that nothing, or very little, will change in the conversion from One Design rules to closed rules. The benefits are that the way OK Dinghies are made and measured will be better defined and controlled, and the rules will be easier and simpler to enforce.

By saying that the new rules are closed rather than One Design, we also have a perfect example of how the new rules are clearer and more specific and by being so are removing some of the ambiguity of the current rules. To try and remove all ambiguity would surely be an exercise in futility, but reducing it as much as we can is one of the main reasons for making the conversion.

New Class Rules

The 2016 OKDIA AGM will vote on the adoption of a new set of Class Rules.

The attached draft of the new class rules is only a conversion from the current rules to the WS standard format. It should not have any different meanings or allow for different measurements from the current rules other than those necessary to get them into the standard format. Where the new rules differ from the current, they will be presented as proposals to be voted on at the AGM.

If you should find something which could have a different meaning or measurement than the old rules, and that is not mentioned in the proposals, please let the TC Chairman know about the difference, stating both the old and new rule.

If any questions are asked then the answers will appear in the Q and A section. Any comments will appear in this section as news updates.

The draft of the new Class Rules can be found here.

New Class Rules 2017

The notes and proposals arising from the new Class Rules can be found here.

Notes and proposals on the New Class Rules

Metal Centreboards – Temporary Rule Change

The General Committee (GC), with the approval of the Technical Committee (TC) and the International Measurers (IM) has taken the decision to temporarily remove metal from the list of allowed construction materials for the centre-board. This change only applies to new builds and will not affect existing boats with metal boards.
Continue reading “Metal Centreboards – Temporary Rule Change”

What are Mast Labels?

In November 2014 OKDIA introduced new rules to control the construction of masts and to try and slow down the progression towards more expensive materials and methods being used. This resulted in a Licensing Agreement that all mast manufacturers must now sign.

Detail of how to become an OKDIA certified mast builder

List of licensed builders.
All new masts built from materials other than wood or aluminum now have to have an official OKDIA Mast Label on them. Further, all existing masts built from materials other than wood or aluminum that have repairs of over one meter in length done to them must also carry a label.

The label proves to the owner, measurer other sailors that the mast was built or repaired by a licensed builder.
The cost per label is £10 including shipping and should be applied by the builder.   Orders should be sent to


What are Sail Labels?

OK Dinghy sails built after Dec 31 2015 are required to have an official OKDIA Sail Label. Sail labels shall be purchased and attached by the sail maker and shall be attached near the tack and shall be sown across.

The measurer should signed and date the sail across the label. The label itself is not proof of measurement.
Orders should be sent to
The cost per label is £10 including shipping.
The Class Rules change is on the World Sailing website here:


New certifications for equipment of OK Dinghies

For Sail Labels:

OK Dinghy sails built after Dec 31 2015 are required to have an official OKDIA Sail Label attached near the tack.These are to be purchased and attached by the sail-maker, and should be signed and dated by the measurer.
Orders should be sent to
The cost per label is £10 including shipping.
The Class Rules change is on the World Sailing website here:

For Mast Labels:

Mast manufacturers have to sign a letter of compliance with OKDIA to become a certified mast builder.
All masts built have to have a mast label on them.
The cost per label is £10 including shipping.
this rule is in effect since 1. November 2014