The Boat - technical
Outcome of Membership Vote - Changes to RS Vareo Class Rules
Further to the recent letter and RS Vareo voting form, the vote has now
closed and 22 votes were received. Thanks to those who took the time to
vote. 22 of the voters (100%) agreed with proposed amendment 3, and
21 of the voters (95%) agreed with proposed amendments 1 and 2.
The new rules are outlined below. The full rules are now on the website
under documents and will be in your 2005 Yearbook. If you would like to
receive a hard copy of the revised rules, please contact the RS Office.
1. Change to the RS Vareo mainsail clew outhaul control system
specification: To change the routing and termination of the outhaul
through a standard Super Spar boom outboard end plug, through the boom
exiting via a sheave at the inboard end, cleated in a clam cleat under
the boom and finally lead through a block suspended on an eye attached to
the underside of the boom near the inboard end. Reason: To aid
the adjustment of the outhaul, with a low cost and commonly used solution.
2. Changed Rule 1.3.14: The total velocity ratio in each control line
system shall not exceed:-
- kicking strap 8:1
- cunningham 4:1
- mainsail clew outhaul 4:1
Reason: to limit the velocity ratio of the mainsail clew outhaul assuming
the new specification for the mainsail clew outhaul control system
described above is adopted.
3. Changed Rule 1.3.2: The use of flexible tape, thin line, shockcord,
shackles or rings, as long as this does not modify the effective sheeting
of any sail nor the intended purpose or action of any equipment.
Reason: there have been a number of modifications made, for example
continuous control lines and sheet tidy systems. These modifications do
not give any advantage but enable people to modify the boat to suit their
Outcome of RS Vareo Rule Change Vote
We now have a very definite outcome to the recent vote on the RS Vareo
Rules. Details are as below.
20 RS Vareo members (42%) returned their forms, and the vote was
unanimously for the inclusion of all 3 proposed rule changes.
The rules on the website will be amended accordingly, or contact the RS
Association office for a copy of the new rules.
Amendment 1 -
New Rule 1.3.15: The spinnaker halyard and downhaul may be continuous or
separate; their routing and operation is not restricted, additional
blocks or fairleads may be fitted as required.
Reason: This is the same rule as allowed in RS200s and RS400s and it was
the intention to include this in the original Vareo class rules. This
will allow the spinnaker halyard routing to be varied to suit individuals
which many Vareo owners have already done.
Amendment 2 -
New Rule 1.3.16: The mainsheet may be led externally to the boom if the
sheet is continuously supported for at least 80% of the external run
along the boom.
Reason: The mainsheet can be taken outside the boom at the moment without
adding or altering fittings. If it is not supported this arrangement
could be potentially dangerous with the mainsheet looping round helms
head during gybing and tacking.
Amendment 3 �
New Rule 1.3.17: One gybing strop may be added defined as a length of
rope, of maximum 10mm diameter, attached to the forward mainsheet block
eye on the boom. A single block or ring may be attached to the lower end
of the gybing strop. The gybing strop shall only be used during the
Reason: Gybing strop has been fitted as standard for some time but this
rule both defines the strop and limits its use as per RS200s.