DBSC Cruisers 4 Non-Spinnaker Open Class

In response to the increasing demand for short-handed and non-spinnaker cruiser racing as reported in a number of recent articles in Afloat and elsewhere, DBSC has decided to introduce a new class – the DBSC Cruisers 4 Non-Spinnaker Open Class.

This new class is for those who want competitive performance racing without the use of Spinnakers, Gennakers and Bloopers.  It will suit those who like sailing short-handed or even fully crewed and want the fun of racing without the need to handle spinnakers etc. Furling headsails will not be mandatory. Cruisers 5 will continue to be a separate class racing under their White Sails Class rules that mandate furling headsails.

Boats with a valid ECHO handicap cert, and/or a non-spinnaker IRC TCF of .820 or above and who conform to the DBSC Cruisers 4 Non-Spinnaker class rules shall be eligible to apply for entry. The final decision on entry will be under the direction of the DBSC Committee.

Ann Kirwan

Commodore

Summary of rules for Cruisers 4 Non-Spinnaker Open Class:

  • Boats with a valid ECHO handicap cert, and/or a non-spinnaker IRC TCF of .820 or above and who conform to the DBSC Cruisers 4 Non-Spinnaker class rules shall be eligible to apply for entry. The final decision on entry will be under the direction of the DBSC Committee
  • Boats must be mono hull, with minimum of 2 sleeping bunks, internal seating accommodation for 4 persons.  In addition, they must have an inboard engine, at least one head and a cooker.
  • Boats shall display the Numeral Pennant “4” on their back stay.
  • Boats who wish to race under ECHO and/or IRC handicap shall have a current valid certificate. New entrants to the class may be given an initial loading of up to 10% on their ECHO handicap.
  • Only a single headsail shall be used while racing.
  • Sail identification number on main sail is required.
  • Spinnakers, Bloopers, Gennakers, Code Zero or similar sails are not allowed.
  • Whisker or spinnaker poles are allowed for headsails.