Measurement regulations and policies

Measurement regulations and policies

Ahead of the 2019 ORC Sportboat European Championship, we want to provide you with some detailed guidelines regarding the measurement process to help you and the measurer prepare the yacht for measurement and to document measurement inventory items.


Pre-race measurement checks will take place on:
Saturday, 24th August from 9:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 18:00
Sunday, 25th August from 9:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 18:00
Monday, 26th August from 9:00 – 13:00

with 40-minute slots assigned for each boat, and two boats checked in each time slot. You may select your measurement slot using Doodle on-line scheduling system for which you will get a separate e-mail invitation.
Please note that it is on a first come – first served basis and it is in your interest to book your slot as soon as possible to get the time you want.


1.SAILS: The sails inventory to be used at the championship shall be selected up to the maximum numbers defined in the ORC Rule 206 as follows:

Mainsail 1
Spare mainsail 1
Headsails 5
Spinnakers 3

Please, don’t forget:

ALL sails must be measured and stamped by an ORC measurer before being presented for inspections. If you have an sail without the measurement stamp on which measurements can be read easily, such a sail will be needed to be re-measured at the venue. The measurement fee appropriate for the sail will be charged.

With the exception of the spare mainsail all sails must be carried aboard. This spare mainsail shall have a minimum of one set of reef points. The mainsails may be interchangeable. Sails damaged during the series may be repaired. Sails damaged beyond repair may be replaced with permission of the Technical Committee

2. MEASUREMENT INVENTORY: Check of the measurement inventory items such as internal ballast, if any.

3. SAFETY EQUIPMENT: Check of the safety equipment (click here for the safety equipment check list together with illustrated guide)

The boat shall be ready for inspection at the scheduled time with a responsible person on board (eg, owner and/or skipper) presenting the following:

  •  all sails ready for stamping and signed with the head taken out from the bag showing the ORC measurement stamp
  •  a copy of the current valid ORC certificate


Crew weight is not part of the pre-race measurement check, but the official scale will be available for your own check. Please be sure that your crew weight is between the minimum and the maximum as is recorded on your certificate. We remind you that ANY excess in measured crew weight is not considered as an issue of compliance with the certificate with an appropriate rating tolerance allowed, and so it will result in a measurement protest where the decision may be disqualification in all races where crew weight exceeded the value on the certificate.


You will be informed by the Race Committee if you are selected for a daily measurement check. In this case, please follow the instructions of the measurement team and proceed to the measurement check point as requested. Inspections made on the water may include a check if all stamped sails are on board, measurement inventory items and any specific items (such as tension of the lifelines). Measurement checks ashore shall include: Flotation, Check on sails on sail measurements on the largest sails and crew weight.

Boats to be checked shall be selected based on the results in each class as follows:

• Flotation for 1st boat overall in each division when selection is made
• Sail measurements check for 2nd boat overall in each division when selection is made
• Crew weighing for 3rd boat overall in each division when selection is made

Independently from its results, any boat can be checked upon a measurement protest or by the choice of the Technical Committee. These measurement control criteria shall be applied in each of the following days except that the same boat need not be checked twice for the same item. In this case a different check may be scheduled for that boat and if needed boats placed 4th, 5th, 6th etc. will be selected for the check.

We thank you for your co-operation and looking forward to a great championship event.