Albacore Rules, Measurement, and Measurement Policy for CAA

Albacore Rules

The Rules have been established to define the Class, maintain its integrity, ensure safety, and provide for fair sailing. These Rules are established and interpreted exclusively by the International Rules Committee (IRC) of the International Albacore Association (IAA). Rule changes must be ratified by the AGMs of the national members of the IAA in accordance with the process set down in the IAA Constitution.

'Roman Nose' Headsails

The IRC has reviewed the method for measuring headsails following the 2011 UK Nationals. Details on the 'Roman Nose' headsail measurement may be found here.


In order to be called an "Albacore", a boat must meet both the letter and the spirit of the Rules. Albacore Class measurers have the responsibility to ensure that these requirements are satisfied. They do not interpret the Rules but are obligated only to establish compliance and to document that on measurement forms and certificates, sails, etc., as required in the particular circumstances. This information is then sent to the Chief Measurer for recording and/or further action.


Our CAA measurers, in their obligation to ensure compliance with the Rules, must act as extensions of the Chief Measurer. They are members of a team who must work closely together with the Chief Measurer, have the same understanding of the Rules, and provide the same treatment for all. If a question for clarification arises, then it is generally relayed to the Chief Measurer who works closely with the Chief of Specifications. If a question for interpretation arises, it must be conveyed through the Chief Measurer ultimately to the IRC which has exclusive jurisdiction to make 'official' interpretations of the Rules. Please remember that your measurers are here to serve the Class and its sailors, and deserve your patience and understanding.

It should be noted that no measurer may make 'official' measurements on a boat or component of a boat in which he/she has a vested interest.

The current CAA measurers are:

Name Club Email
Ken Yamazaki (Chief Measurer) St. James Town Sailing Club ken_s_yamazaki [at] yahoo [dot] com
Jeff Beitz Outer Harbour Centreboard Club jeffbeitz [at] sympatico [dot] ca
Gord Chu Outer Harbour Centreboard Club gordon [dot] chu [at] xerox [dot] com
Dave Dunphy Outer Harbour Centreboard Club david [dot] dunphy [at] sympatico [dot] ca
Jefferson Hall Outer Harbour Centreboard Club jj_hall [at] hotmail [dot] com
Ted Mallett Outer Harbour Centreboard Club ted [dot] mallett [at] rogers [dot] com
John Morgan Outer Harbour Centreboard Club johnmorgan [at] morgantrustees [dot] com
George Roth Outer Harbour Centreboard Club georoth [at] golden [dot] net
Van Sheppard Nepean Sailing Club albacore6700 [at] yahoo [dot] ca
Dave Weaver weaverds [at] mcmaster [dot] ca
Neil Wilson Toronto Island Sailing Club neil [dot] wilson [at] sympatico [dot] ca
Henry Pedro Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club can7700 [at] gmail [dot] com
Mary Free Westwood Sailing Club mfree44 [at] gmail [dot] com

Measurement Policy

Our CAA measurers volunteer their time to assist the Class in carrying out the measurement duties. It is essential that their time and efforts be recognized and respected. While limited services may be made available with a measurer on an ad hoc basis, this is entirely by mutual consent with individual measurers. It is not reasonable that measurers be expected to carry out significant measurement duties without advance notice and/or at regattas where they have come to race.

In order to satisfy the needs of both sailors and measurers, a schedule for measurement days has been organized. These dates will be posted on the Class events calendar, published in Shackles, and posted on the Class web site.

Since the measurement duties take significant time and usually involve out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, an 'honorarium' must be paid to the measurer for the services. As has been our practice - the honorariums are as follows:

Suit of sails $20
Hull re-weigh $15
Replacement measurement certificate $10
Basic boat measurement $50


Full boat measurement (original or required repeats) must be recorded on the CAA measurement forms which, when completed, must be conveyed to the Chief Measurer who will issue a measurement certificate to the boat owner and enter the data into the Class records.

A measurer is obliged to endorse the sails and measurement certificate in the case of the addition of a suit of sails, and the measurement certificate in the case of a hull re-weigh. This information must then be conveyed to the Chief Measurer for entry into the Class records.

When a boat changes ownership, the rules require that the measurement certificate becomes void and it must be returned to the Chief Measurer who will issue a new certificate and enter the data into the Class records. Should a measurement certificate become lost, the boat owner must request a new certificate from the Chief Measurer who will issue a new certificate with data from the Class records regarding such things as corrector weights, sail endorsements, etc entered. As noted above, the fee for replacement of measurement certificates is $10.