Voting on Compass Rule Change

27 August 2017

Each region is about to cast its vote towards three proposals for the rules around Compass. 

Each region will vote online on the 1st December 2017.

The three proposed changes along with the preface given to the WTC at the recent WTC Meeting are:

Proposed Tasar Class compass rule change:

 Due to advancement of technology and availability of features in compass products available on the market, it is proposed by the class measurers to modify the class rules that govern them. Further, the current Tasar class compass rule is not clear enough for class sailors to identify whether a compass is legal. The following options are proposed as a replacement to rule C.2.2. (g) and Interpretation 32:

 Option 1:

Modify the rule to incrementally increase the restriction:


(a) One compass mounted on any part of the deck or the cockpit is permitted if the hull cavity is not pierced by anything other than the fasteners. Compasses may not be fitted to inspection ports. An additional wrist mounted compass is permitted. Electronic, self-contained, digital compasses using only magnetic input are permitted.

(b) Timing devices are permitted.

(c) A timing device and electronic compass may be integrated in the same device.

(d) A compass or timing device must not be capable of displaying, delivering, transmitting, receiving, calculating, correlating or storing information about wind speed, wind direction, boat speed or boat position.

 Option 2:

Modify the rule to allow GPS function:

 The following optional equipment may be used so long as it is generally commercially


(1) electronic or mechanical timing devices.

(2) one magnetic or electronic compass showing only information relating to heading, speed,

current or elapsed time.

(3) one GPS device showing only information relating to heading, speed, current or elapsed


Devises which incorporate functions other than those listed in items 1 to 3 above shall not be

fitted to the boat or carried by a crew member.

To aid in assessment, a list of commercial devices deemed to conform to this rule will be

maintained by the WTC and published on the website.

 Option 3:

No change.