Sunday, 22 November 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY SHOULD I BECOME A MEMBER?
The UK SBA will represent your interests, lobby for a fair rating system and create and support events for the class. We will assist with the issuing of standardised One Design rating certificates. The UK SBA will govern the class and ensure fairness in racing between the boats eligible for the class  Furthermore we will endeavour to organise a Nationals and other local events on a annual basis. We will also try to make sure the courses and race format suit our type of boats by handing guidelines and directions to race officers. Another key thing is helping members with the logistics of traveling & accommodation at key class events.

HOW MUCH DOES MEMBERSHIP COST?
Annual membership is £ 10,- a year which covers for the administration of the Class Association. For crew and other associates the membership is free

WILL MY BOAT BE ELIGIBLE TO RACE IN THIS CLASS?
Providing your boat is fast & fun (see more about this in the Class Rules) and complies with the following:
  • Ballasted keel boat which caries asymmetric kite on centreline based pole
  • Maximum length overall of 30'(9.15 m)
  • Maximum displacement of 2000kg
  • Maximum DLR of 100 in which DLR=27.87x(Boat Weight)/Length Waterline^3 
  • A minimum limit of positive stability of 60 degrees

MY BOAT HAS BEEN MODIFIED FROM A STANDARD ONE DESIGN CAN I RACE?
Yes but we have to be honest that we will not encourage this. You are much better off in keeping your boat in line with international or local class rules. It preserves your boats 2nd hand value and more importantly allows you to sail the boats in her own class events when the opportunity comes. In general rating wise we will favour the standard configuration.


WHERE IS MY MONEY GOING? CAN I TRUST MY MONEY IS WELL SPEND?
All subs are used to promote and organise the class. The class is also supported by sponsored banners on the website. The Class Association is run as efficiently possible by using a web interface for subs. It's a non profit Unincorporated Association all the money we collect is used to support your interest as well as organise and promote events. If you are interested in the whole constitution click here on class constitution to read more about our set up.

WHO IS GOING TO RATE US? I WAS'NT VERY HAPPY WITH MY EXISTING RATING?
As a Class Association we will endeavour to make sure the rating platform we are going to use is as fair as possible but will still reward the best sailors. We already had talks with RORC IRC rule and we are going to work together with them to improve the rule for the Sports Boats. This is why it is so important to support us. We are however keeping the options open to join or create alternative rating systems if we feel this will benefit the class.

MY BOAT IS ALREADY POPULAR AS A ONE DESIGN, WHY WOULD I BECOME A MEMBER OF THIS CLASS ASSOCIATION?
Even though some One Designs are doing very well as a class you will also have experienced that when you go out racing in your local series suddenly there are not enough boats to compete. Our key aim is to help you to be able to sail your boat whenever & wherever against similar type of boats.

HOW DO I VOTE ON CLASS ISSUES?
There will be a online poll system on the website. The results will also be open to view. You can vote only once on each poll. Sometimes you can tick more than one answer if you wish.

WHY IS THERE ALSO A HP30 CLASS?
There was a request from the owners of a group of 25'-30' Sports Boats to create a dedicated division for them in a similar way as the Fast40+ have a dedicated class within IRC. We are the umbrella organisation for all Sports Boats and the HP30 will be a part of this and use our rules and infrastructure. The HP30 are endeavouring to create a high profile circuit and additional fees may apply for this group. For the Sports Boats in general this is great as we can piggy back along with them and many events we will share the media and infrastructure.