K6 Class Rules

  • 1. INTRODUCTION

1.1
The K6 class has been created as strict one-design high performance racing boat. It been designed against the fundamental principle that the racing results should depend solely on the attributes and skills of the crew. The fundamental objective of these Class Rules (the Rules) is to ensure that this concept is maintained in association with the class specific appendices.
1.2
The English text of these Rules shall govern.


  • 2. DEFINED TERMS

2.1
All words that appear in quotation marks will, throughout these Rules have the meaning given to them as defined in appendix 1.


  • 3. CLASS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP

3.1
To be eligible to compete in events run under the auspices of the UK K6 Class Association (the Class Association) the owner, joint owner or a nominated representative of an organisation owning K6 must be a full member of the Class Association.
3.2
To be eligible to have results from individual “Circuit” events included in the overall series results the Helm or Crew must be a full member of the Class Association.
3.3
To be eligible to compete in the Class Association “National Championships” either the Helm or Crew must be a full member of the Class Association.


  • 4. FUNDAMENTAL RULES

4.1
The complete boat and its crew/helmsman shall conform to these Rules at all times when racing.
4.2
The external and internal mouldings including the “Hull” of the “K6 One Design” shall only be produced by a Licensed Builder from production moulds taken from the Master plugs held by the Copyright Holder.
4.3
All other equipment comprising “Spars”, “Sails”, “Foils”, rudder stock, tiller, fittings, toe strap mountings, spinnaker chute mouldings, whether original or replacement, shall be those supplied by a licensed K6 dealer except as specifically authorised by the individual class appendix to these Rules.
4.4
No additions, alterations or repairs may be made to the “K6 One Design” unless specifically authorised by individual class appendix. These restrictions shall extend to the position and intended function of each item.
4.5
No significant performance advantage shall be obtained from any permitted replacement, addition or repair. The permitted replacements, additions, alterations and repairs described in the individual class appendix are subject to this overriding limitation.
4.6
Repairs and preventative maintenance may be carried out without violating these rules, provided repairs are made in such a way that the essential shape, characteristics or function of the original are not affected.
4.7
Preventative maintenance shall include the replacement of fastenings with alternatives provided that the equipment is replaced in the original position and in accordance with these rules where relevant.
4.8
Polishing or burnishing of hull is permitted, but substantial filing or abrasion, other than for the purpose of repair, with the effect of modifying the shape or performance is not allowed. Painting and subsequent burnishing of a hull which requires refinishing is permitted.
The refaring and refining of the sectional shape of foils is permitted within 50mm of the leading edge and 100mm of the trailing edge, provided the structural integrity of the foil is maintained. The trailing edge shall have a minimum width of 1mm. Surface re-coating using gel coat is permitted, to a maximum thickness of 1mm. No other new or non-standard material shall be introduced into any part of the foils other than for the sole purpose of repairing damage. Polishing or burnishing of all parts of the foils is permitted. The outline shape of the foils shall not be altered.
4.9
Sponsorship & Advertising: All K6 events will be operated under the ISAF Category C. There will be no restriction on the number or coverage of advertisers logos or slogans except for the front 25% of the hull and bottom 10% of the mainsail are reserved for event and circuit sponsors.


  • 5. LICENSED BUILDERS, HULL IDENTIFICATION, SAIL NUMBERS & INSIGNIA

5.1
The Builders of the “K6 One Design” shall be only those licensed by the Copyright Holder under a Builder’s Agreement (the Licensed Builder).
5.2
Each hull shall carry a moulded-in hull number or individually numbered Royalty Plaque fixed in a readily visible position as prescribed by the Copyright Holder.
5.3
On being advised of the hull or Royalty Plaque number the Copyright Holder (or his authorised agent) shall issue each new hull with a Sail Number.
5.4
The Class Insignia shall be the “K6 One Design” class logo as prescribed by the Licensed Builder, and shall be displayed on the top half of the mainsail, in the position prescribed by the Licensed Builder.


  • 6. MEASURMENT

6.1
In the event of a dispute alleging non-compliance with these Rules, the matter shall be referred to the Rules Co-ordinator and relevant Class Rules Representative(s) of the Class Association. Their decision shall be final and binding on all parties.
6.2
In the case of a measurement dispute not explicitly covered by these Rules, the following procedure shall be adopted:
6.2.1
A sample of the dimensions for the disputed item shall be obtained by taking the identical measurement from five boats or items of equipment, which are not the subject of the dispute.
6.2.2
The dimension of the disputed boat or items of its equipment taken using the same technique as above shall be compared to the sample.
6.2.3
If any of the dimensions obtained from the disputed boat or item of equipment lie outside the corresponding range of dimensions found in the sample by more than 10%, of that range the matter together with the details of the measurement methods and any other relevant information shall be referred to the Rules Co-ordinator of the Class Association.
6.2.4
The Rules Co-ordinator shall obtain a majority decision from the relevant Class Rules Representative(s), Licensed Builder and Copyright Holder. This decision shall be final and binding on all parties.


  • 7. SAILING REQUIREMENTS

7.1
The total weight of all clothing and equipment worn by the helmsman or crew shall not exceed 12kg when weighted in accordance with Appendix H of the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing.
7.2
No clothing and equipment of the helm and crew shall be worn with the specific feature of adding weight by water absorption or holding water in pockets, compartments, containers or any other method.
7.3
The K6 shall be raced with two or three persons on board. Changes to the number and content of the crew during a regatta will only be permitted in extenuating circumstances following written permission of the Race Committee.
7.4
The Class insignia and sail numbers shall be displayed on the upper half of the mainsail. The upper half of the sail shall be defined as above a line drawn parallel with the foot of the sail passing through a point on the luff half way from the tack to the head . Sail Numbers shall be below the Class insignia and displayed on each side of the sail, with the upper numbers on the starboard side.
7.5
The Sail Number shall be displayed on each side of the mainsail between the second and third battens, with the upper numbers on the starboard side.
7.6
There is no requirement to carry sail numbers and national letters on the spinnaker.
7.7
The sprit shall be retracted so that its forward end is within 400mm of the forward most point of the hull at all times other than when the spinnaker is set or in the act of being set or recovered.
7.8
The main shrouds and lower shrouds shall not be adjusted while the boat is racing.
7.9
The keel must be in the fully lowered position at all times whilst racing, unless it has to be raised to refloat the boat after grounding. The keel should be lowered immediately following re-floating of the boat after such grounding.
7.10
The keel must be maintained in a condition that allows it to be lifted.
7.11
The spreader angle shall be set so that if a straight edge is placed from the aft face of one shroud to the aft face of the other shroud adjacent to the spreader ends, and a measurement taken of the shortest distance from the straight edge to the aft face of the sail track on the mast, that distance shall not be less than 235mm.


  • 8. AMENDMENTS

Amendments to these Rules must be approved by each of the following:

8.1
The Copyright Holder
8.2
The Licensed Builder
8.3
A majority vote of the relevant members of the Class Association who return written replies within one month of the circulation of the proposed rule change.


  • 9. PERMITTED REPLACEMENTS, ADDITIONS, ALTERATIONS & REPAIRS

9.1
The following parts or equipment may be replaced providing that the replacement is of a similar type and performs the same function. The replacement parts or equipment may be obtained from any supplier: -
9.1.1
Blocks
9.1.2
Cam Cleats
9.1.3
Rudder hangings and retaining device
9.1.4
Shroud adjusters
9.1.5
Sail batten
9.1.6
Control lines

9.2
The following parts or equipment may be replaced providing that the replacement performs a similar function. The replacement parts or equipment may be obtained from any supplier: -
9.2.1
Fastenings
9.2.2
Shackles, swivels and pins
9.2.3
Toe straps, lashings and tensioning elastics
9.2.4
Running rigging, ropes and lashings
9.2.5
Main Halyard and halyard securing device
9.2.6
Tiller extension
9.2.7
Batten tensioning devices
9.2.8
Bungs
9.2.9
Wire rigging, kicking strap and rig tension purchases with the following restrictions on construction and sizes:-
9.2.9.1
Main shrouds - stainless steel wire comprising at least 7 strands which may be rounded or preformed and not less than 3mm dia.
9.2.9.2
Lower shrouds - 1 x 19 construction stainless steel wire of not less than 3.0mm dia.
9.2.9.3
Kicking strap and rig tension purchases – flexible stainless steel wire not less than 2.5mm dia. or synthetic fibre rope not less than 2.5mm dia.
9.2.10
Spinnaker ratchet blocks
9.2.11
Inspection hatches.


APPENDIX 1: INDEX OF DEFINED TERMS

K6 One Design – the boat built and supplied by the licenced holder.

Circuit - A series of open meetings organised each year by the Class Association, whose results count towards an overall trophy.

National Championship - A series of races organised once each year by the Class Association.

Hull - The hull as supplied by a licensed builder.

Spars - The spars as supplied by a licensed dealer.

Sails - The sails as supplied by a licensed dealer.

Foils - The centreboard/daggerboard/rudder as supplied by a licensed dealer.

UK K6 Class Association Constitution

  • 1. UK CLASS ASSOCIATION

The full title of the Association shall be the UK K6 Class Association.


  • 2. ADOPTED CLASSES

The Classes adopted by the UK K6 Class Association are listed in schedule 1.


  • 3. OBJECTS

The objects of the Association are to promote and further the interests of the K6 Class throughout Great Britain and to represent the interests of British K6 Class owners as follows:

(a)
To keep members informed of developments concerning the K6 classes and any proposals concerning K6 Class rules.
(b)
To organise the British and national Open Championships and to co-ordinate the programme for other races,
(c)
To encourage National and International competition in Britain for the K6 Class.
(d)
To keep a National Association register.


  • 4. TERMS & DEFINITIONS

Throughout these rules the following defined terms will be used:

(a)
“The National Association” shall mean the UK K6 Class Association.
(b)
“The International Association” shall mean the International K6 Class Association when formed to control the affairs of the K6 Class throughout the world.
(c)
“The National Association Rules” shall mean the rules governing the conduct of the National Association.
(d)
“The National Association Register” shall mean the register of owners of K6 boats in Britain, with their addresses, name and number of boat, to be kept as hereinafter provided.
(e)
The “K6 Class” shall mean the One-Design Class adopted by the National Association and built in accordance with the designers’ drawings and specifications, and licensed by Rondar Raceboats as a One Design. See schedule 1.
(f)
“The Copyright Holder” shall mean the person or persons or company holding the copyright to the design of the adopted K6 Class.
(g)
“The Licensed Builder” shall mean the person or persons or company licensed by the Copyright Holder to build the K6.
(h)
“The Class Rules” shall mean the rules relating to measurement, construction and racing conditions of the class.
(i)
“The Registered Number” shall mean the sail number allocated to the boat.>Preventative maintenance shall include the replacement of fastenings with alternatives provided that the equipment is replaced in the original position and in accordance with these rules where relevant.
(j)
“The K6 Association Administrator” shall mean the duly appointed Administrators.
(k)
“Fleet” shall mean three or more registered K6 Class boats normally located sufficiently near to each other to permit regular racing between them.
(l)
“Owner” and “Joint Owner” shall mean any person or persons, corporation or association entered on a certificate as owner of a K6.


  • 5. MEMBERSHIP AND VOTING RULES

(a)
The following classes of membership shall be recognised:
(i)
Full Membership
(ii)
Associate Membership
(iii)
Honorary Membership
(iv)
Family Membership
(v)
Block Membership
(vi)
Youth Membership
(vii)
International Membership
(b)
Full Membership shall, upon payment of the prescribed annual subscription be open to any owner of a British registered K6 Class boat or, in the case of joint owners to any one of them, or in the case of a British K6 Class boat owned by a corporation or association, to a nominated representative of that organisation. Youth Membership shall, upon payment of the prescribed annual subscription, be open to any owner of a British registered K6 Class boat or, in the case of joint owners to any one of them, who is aged 19 or below on the 1st January of the year of subscription.
(c)
Associate Membership shall, upon payment of the prescribed annual subscription, be open to any joint owner of a British registered K6 Class boat not being a full member, or to all individuals or clubs interested in the K6 Class boats in Britain.
(d)
Honorary Membership shall be open to any person having an interest in the National Association in Britain who is proposed by a Full Member and seconded by at least one member of the Committee and is duly elected by Members of the National Association at any general meeting of the National Association.
(e)
Family Membership shall be open to a whole family (two adults and children under age 20 living at same address) owning one boat only.
(f)
Block Membership shall be considered where an organization owns several K6 boats for the use of a number of individuals. Block membership will be at the rate of current full membership per boat.
(g)
International Membership shall be available to those living and sailing their boats outside the UK.
(h)
Members shall be bound by the National Association rules.
(i)
Members acting as helmsmen or entering an K6 Class race which consist of, or include, the class shall be bound by the Class Rules.
(j)
(i)
Each full member and honorary member, youth member, and international member shall be entitled to one vote at a General Meeting of the National Association or in a postal ballot, on proposed changes that affect the National Association constitution.
(ii)
Each full member and honorary member, and youth member, and international member shall be entitled to one vote on proposed rule changes for the K6 class.
(iii)
Family membership and block membership shall attract the same voting rights as set out in 5 (i) (i) & (ii). The vote holder shall be specified on joining or renewing membership
(iv)
A change to a class rule or to the constitution will require a majority vote at a General Meeting or a majority of returned replies in favour in a postal ballot. Non-replies will not be counted.
(k)
All full or Associate Members of the National Association shall ipso facto be an equivalent member of the International Association.


  • 6. MANAGEMENT

(a)
The management committee shall consist of a maximum six people of whom at least one will be a representative of the licensed builder, the Administrators, the Chairman, the Treasurer and one other member, elected at the AGM.
(b)
The Management Committee shall have powers to co-opt any person to assist it, whether a full member of the association or not, but such persons shall have no vote in Committee. Administrators do not have a vote on the Management Committee.
(c)
No member of the Association elected in accordance with the provision of clause 6c shall serve on the Committee as Elected Committee members for more than two years. However, any member of the Committee who has served for two years may continue to serve if specifically re-elected by members at the Annual General Meeting.
(d)
The Events Committee will consist of a Builders Representative, the Administrators, a representative from each Owners Club, and representatives for other aspects such as coaching rep, social rep. The Events Committee may arrange an Annual Open and National Championship of the class and shall co-ordinate such regional championships as may be required. All matters pertaining to International Championships held in Britain shall be settled by the Events Committee in consultation with the sponsoring club or clubs, the RYA, the ISAF and the International Association.
(e)
At least two weeks notice of the date, place and agenda for any Committee Meeting must be given in writing by the Administrator to each Committee Member. Any business conducted by correspondence shall always be circulated through the Administrator and any Committee Member not answering a motion communicated to him in writing within three weeks of the date of sending shall be deemed to have agreed to such a motion.
(f)
Acceptance of an entry to a K6 event by an owner or joint owners shall ipso facto render all competitors subject to the jurisdiction of the National Association or the Committee in any matter pertaining to Class Rules.
(g)
The Management Committee has the option to appoint a Chairperson, if considered necessary
(h)
The Management Committee may organise contracts for secretarial and administrative services for the Association, as required


  • 7. POWER OF THE COMMITEE

(a)
Subject to the provision of these rules, and in particular to the object of the National Association, as expressed in rule 3, the Committee shall be empowered to perform all functions of management and administration.
(b)
The making of payments and receipt of monies shall be validly evidenced only by the signature of the Treasurer or his Deputies as appointed by the Management Committee and payments or receipt of monies exceeding the sum of £500 shall require the signature of the Chairperson and Administrator or Treasurer.


  • 8. CONDUCT OF MEETINGS OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

(a)
The Annual General Meeting of the National Association shall be held annually, at a place judged by the Committee to be the most convenient to the majority of members of the Association. The precise date, time and place to be at the Committee’s discretion.
(b)
A Special General Meeting shall be called by the Chairperson or Administrators upon receipt by the Administrators of a written request, signed by not fewer than fifteen full members of the National Association.
(c)
At least six weeks written notice shall be given to members of any General Meeting.
(d)
At any General Meeting or Committee Meeting decisions shall be limited to matters on the agenda and shall be carried by a majority vote of full K6 Class Association members present. Voting shall be by a show of hands, unless a poll is demanded by not less than three of the full members present. At any meeting the Chairperson shall have a casting vote. The Administrator shall be responsible for circulating all members or in the case of Committee Meetings, all Committee Members, with the result of any voting. In the event of a postal ballot, all returns shall be made to the Administrator within two weeks of the date of posting the ballot paper.
(e)
At any General Meeting of the National Association, eleven shall form a quorum.


  • 9. SUBSCRIPTIONS AND REGISTRATIONS FEES

(a)
Subscriptions payable for all classes of membership of the National Association shall be payable annually and shall be decided at the Annual General Meeting and shall become due on 1st January of the following year. A member joining the Association after 1st October, whose subscription has been paid for that year, shall not be liable to pay his subscription for the ensuing calendar year.
(b)
Any member whose subscription has not been paid within three months of the due date may have his name removed from the list of members of the National Association by the Committee. A member’s name may be restored to the National Association Register at the discretion of the Committee, on payment of any subscription due.
(c)
A percentage of the National Association’s annual income from subscriptions, which shall be the same as that applied to all other National Associations, shall be contributed to the International Association annually as a general levy, the percentage to be fixed bi-annually by agreement between the National Association and the International Association.


  • 10. ACCOUNTS

(a)
The Management Committee shall cause true accounts to be kept giving full particulars of:
(i)
All monies, assets and liabilities of the National Association.
(ii)
All monies received and expended by the National Association and the reasons for such receipts and expenditure.
(i)
All sales and purchases by the National Association.
(b)
The Management Committee shall cause the annual financial statement, which has been duly audited by a suitably qualified person appointed by the Committee, to be prepared and presented at every Annual General Meeting of the National Association.
(c)
A copy of the annual financial statement as prepared for presentation at a General Meeting will be sent upon request to any full member of the association.
(d)
A copy of the annual financial statement audited and as accepted by the General Meeting, shall be forwarded to the International Association within 14 days of its acceptance by a General Meeting.
(e)
The Association is a non profit making organisation. All profits and surpluses will be used to maintain or improve the Associations services/facilities. No profit or surplus will be distributed other than to another non-profit making organisation or to its members on winding up or dissolution of the Association.


  • 11. PROTECTION OF "ONE DESIGN" OF THE CLASS

(a)
The Copyright Holder and licensed Builder have provided the original K6 Class Rules, which shall at all times remain the property of the Copyright Holder and Licensed builder. The National Association have adopted the K6 Class Measurement as provided by the Licensed Builder.
(b)
The National Committee may make recommendations to the Copyright holder/Licensed builder for changes to be made the Class Rules. A change to a class measurement rule will require a majority vote at a General Meeting or a majority of returned replies in favour in a postal ballot. Non-replies will not be counted.
(c)
Changes to the Class Rules as recommended by the National Committee and approved by the Class Association cannot be introduced without the explicit approval of the Copyright Holder and the Licensed Builder.
(d)
The Secretariat of the International and National Association Committees shall be informed in writing of any rule changes. Rule changes will become valid one month after posting unless otherwise prescribed.





  • SCHEDULE 1

Adopted Class

Class Designer Copyright Holder Licence Holder
RS K6 Paul Handley K6 Design Group Rondar Raceboats