Section 1: Scope
These rules will apply to all competition in which the RAIDER sailboats are used as a "one-design" class sailboat in club, US Sailing or other sanctioning bodies in North America. These rules will only pertain to the design, equipment attached to and carried on or used by the skippers and crews of the subject boats. They will not govern the operation of the vessel nor the rules that are used by the organizing body in the competition itself.
Builders and/or owners shall not attempt to violate the spirit or the letter of the rules by modifying existing yachts or producing new yachts with the intention that they be basically faster. The use of any design variation not specified in these rules which could have an effect on the speed or performance of the RAIDER is prohibited.
Builders and owners shall consult with the RAIDER Class Association for a written ruling before attempting new forms of construction, modification and/or repair, which might affect the RAIDER's basic speed or performance.
Improvements. As a class grows, improvements in boat speed and boat handling are discovered. It is the responsibility of the class association and its directors to recommend and approve changes that will affect boat speed or performance. Changes in hull form that will obsolete previously manufactured boats will NOT be allowed
At this time, the hull form of the Raider II (all Models) shall for competition purposes be considered equal to the standard Raider (Raider Sport and Raider 16) providing the rig and sailplan of each is equal or equivalent. Ie: the Raider Sport w/o spinnaker may compete equally with the Raider II. The Raider II Sport and the Raider II Turbo will compete in separate classifications. The Raider II Sport and the Turbo model may compete equally against each other if the Raider II Turbo does not carry a spinakker. A Raider Sport that has been upgraded to Raider II Sport rig and rigging specifications will compete equally. A Raider Sport that has been upgraded to Raider II Turbo Rig and Rigging specifications will compete equally.
Section 2: Hull and Blades
The hull and deck will be a bonded assembly produced only from molds or dies that are property of or licensed by Drawbridge Marine Inc. The hull identification number attached to the hull as required by the United States Coast Guard must indicate that the hull was built as a RAIDER sailboat and correspond with the records maintained by the builder or its duly authorized representative, replacement or licensee. Hull form templates will be made available as required from the manufacturer to insure conformance. Fairing, smoothing and repairing is permissible providing the section fits the template with in .125" however the template is applied.
The completed hull void of all equipment will weigh a minimum of 200-lbs. Dry weight. Hulls that are underweight will be ballasted to comply with minimum weight requirements. Ballast will be placed in the cooler or or location of the cooler compartment.
2.2 Dagger board
The dagger board shall have a length of no more than 45", a chord width of 1.25" and chord length of 12". Fairing, smoothing and repairing is permissible.
The rudder will extend 29.00" + or - .25" below the rearmost section of the hull when in the full down position. The chord thickness shall be .81 and the chord length shall be 9.00". Fairing, smoothing and repairing is permissible.
2.4 Tiller and Hiking Stick
As ergonomic requirements vary with skipper and crew (if used), any tiller and hiking stick combination may be used to suit individual requirements.
Section 3: Hardware and Lines
3.1 Hardware (rev 12/24/10)
All hardware that controls the location of the sails shall be located as originally intended or placed by the builder. Hardware may be replaced as to manufacturer and size to suit the user. Maximum advantage on boom vang is 6:1. All other controls may be increased or decreased as desired. Final cleating or securing position(s) for the main sheet, jib sheets, halyards, traveler, outhaul etc. may be relocated to suit the user.
3.2 Line (rev 11/22/10)
All line may be replaced as to size and type to suit the individual user. Shock cord or shock cord attached to line for sail adjustment or any retaining purposes is permitted.
Section 4: Sails
4.0 All sails will conform to the original design size as supplied by the manufacturer.
Only sails manufactured from polyester materials will be allowed. For sail measurement procedures see attachment. Jiffy reefing is permitted. A flattening reef is permitted.
4.1 (rev 11/22/10)
Raider Sport: The mainsail may be a luff sleeve type or raised with a halyard utilizing a sailtrack The sail will conform to the diagram on (to be posted).
4.15 (add 11/22/10) Raider II and Turbo: The Mainsail and Jib shall conform to the diagrams on Tables 1 and 2.
4.2 (rev 11/22/10)
All sails shall be measured in a dry state and laid on the floor with tension adequate to remove wrinkles along the dimension being measured. Except at the main headboard, the point of measurement at the corners of the sails shall be taken at the intersection of the extended lines of the extreme edges of the sail, including bolt ropes or tapes, but not including hoisting pendants, external cringles, etc. The top measuring point of the luff and leech of the mainsail shall be the highest point of the sail projected perpendicularly to the leading edge of the boltrope or luff sleeve. The measurement point of the tack shall be the intersection of luff and foot, disregarding any hollow in the area of the gooseneck.
4.3 Spinnaker: Raider Sport and Raider II Turbo
Spinnakers will conform to the original design intent and size as supplied by the manufacturer. Spinnakers will not be used as jibs. Spinnaker control and attachment locations shall remain as supplied by the manufacturer. Spinnaker halyard, turtle, sleeve and take down lines may be revised to suit the user. Only sails manufactured from .5 through .75 oz. Nylon material will be allowed. The maximum luff length shall be 18' 7". The maximum foot length shall be 9' 3" and the maximum leech length shall be 15' 9". For spinnaker sail measurement procedures see attachment.
SECTION 5: Racing Restrictions
The Class Association may sanction races in both a novice (blue) and racing (gold) division. The following restrictions shall apply, except as noted, to all boats participating in races sanctioned by the Class Association, as provided in the by-laws.
Both spinnaker and non spinnaker boats may race in the same regattas as specified by the race organizers. It is up to the race organizers to determine as to the use of spinnakers prior to the regatta start. Any boats carrying spinnakers at the beginning of a regatta or series will be considered as spinnaker boats. Classes may be split as to spin / non-spin.
Class sanctioned Regattas
The individual identified as Skipper on the entry form shall be a Full Member in good standing of the RAIDER Sailboat Association and shall be on board for all Class sanctioned regattas unless a substitution is authorized in writing by the Race Committee.
Any member of the crew may take the helm at any stage of the race or event.
A helmsman who has raced in the blue division may change divisions during a particular season and participate in races held for the gold racing division. However, a helmsman in the gold division may not in the same season helm in the blue racing division. The intent of this rule is not to restrict a helmsman's opportunity to race, but rather to prevent an experienced helmsperson from dominating an event designed primarily to introduce less experienced sailors to the enjoyable aspects of sailing competition.
Section 6: Equipment
The following minimum equipment shall be carried at all times while racing.
An approved PFD for each person on board.
Such other equipment as may be required by law.
Section 7: Optional Equipment
Any magnetic type compass may be used in regattas. Electronic or GPS type compasses that display headings, speed and or timing devices may be used
VHF radios and cell phones or other two way communications are permitted.
Mechanical or electronic speed measuring devices are permitted.