This statement from OKDIA is designed to clarify the processes and responsibilities of the various parties involved in equipment inspection at a World Championship. This statement will not go into detail of what happened in Melbourne – that is published here – suffice to say that OKDIA supports all actions taken by the Chief Measurer and the International Jury.
As it is very hard to test which material was used in the construction of plastic masts, OKDIA opted for a licence model.
The Class Rules are:
The OKDIA Committee would like to draw National Association and sailors’ attention to the Rules regarding Sail Number allocation and usage. In recent years some sailors and associations have taken it upon themselves to issue or use numbers different from those allocated to them by their National Authority. The following is to clarify what the actual rules are and how they should be implemented.
Following recent developments in the Finn Class, the OK Dinghy Class may soon be faced with the prospect of Ultra High Modulas carbon being used in their masts and the increased costs that go with it. This is a situtaion that the Technical Commitee feels would be bad for the OK Class and also for the mast manufacturers.
As a result of issues during the measurement checks of a number of boats from several designs at the OK Dinghy World Championships in Warnemünde Germany 2008 the OKDIA Technical Committee agreed to evaluate these issues.
The following statement aims to give clarity on how boats are measured and on how the current rules should be interpreted. The Technical Committee will continue to evaluate ways to better control future measurement within the class.
Hull Measurement Statement (version October 2008)