The International Martin Class Association (IMCA) Technical Committee has been busy these past few months handling not only the mast & boom project, but also evaluating various proposals and updating the Class Rules and Constitution.
Here are the updates:
- It was decided that we would not reduce the Maximum Crew Weight for the Class. Currently it is 800 pounds, and it was felt that this is a good maximum weight to carry on with.
- It was decided that we would not allow the position of the foredeck bullseye for the pole downhaul to change position and to be placed at the base of the mast and anywhere in between on a straight line. Although the mast base would make the pole pivot easier, it would also cause problems at weather marks while the spinnaker was being hoisted because the pole could easily rotate aft, and in heavy air on a tighter reach the outboard pole end would have a strong tendency to sky.
- It was decided that Canada would not adopt the US (LA) Hiking Rule and instead would leave it up to changes in the Sailing Instructions for major regattas.
- There was widespread support for the idea of a "split backstay system" like J-70's and other Classes use, whereby the backstay line would run forward on both sides of the cockpit to the traveller area. A poll in this regard will be issued to everyone in the near future.
- The Class Rules were updated, primarily to update Rule 7 and consolidate similar Rules within it. One change is to make it clear that boats must be Registered with a Fleet and have paid boat dues (where applicable) in order to race in Championship events which are now defined for the first time.
- Some minor inconsistencies in the Constitution were changed to reflect common nomenclature in the Class Rules, such as IMCA instead of M242CA.
The updated class rules can be found HERE (or go to www.m242fleetone.org -> M242 Class Docs -> M242 Class Rules)
Wed March 27
Every year the Martin 242 Fleet holds a meet and greet for keen sailors at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club to enlist those interested in racing on these One-Design sailboats. This is a FREE event and you do not need to be a yacht club member to attend or to race during the season. Please note: this event is to attract individuals with at least some sailing experience who want to race in these boats. We normally race with a 4 person crew.
Details and sign up HERE
or check out our coverage in BC SAILING'S LINK to our new crew night.
Most 242 masts eventually have this problem: a relatively thin cross pin that connects the upper forestay swivel to the mast tang, which in turn wears its way over time through the aluminum and elongates the hole.
A solution was developed by Yury Levkovskiy of Kitsilano Yacht Club, who sails #233 Swift. The project was recently performed in Nov 2023 by Michael Clements and Colin Gilbert on #304 Too Wicked and is documented here.
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