There were three rule change proposals this year which were all passed. The effects of these rule changes are that the measurement process remains the same and buoyancy testing for measurement is still required but buoyancy certificates do not need updating. Owners still have to ensure their boats comply with the buoyancy requirements but now the onus of responsibility is placed with the owner. Twin spinnaker poles are now regularised and you will not be protested if you have a twin pole system. Electronic instruments will be restricted to compass heading and changes thereof, timing, sound and vision recording is also permitted. If a piece of equipment is capable of more than this it is banned. Further clarification is being sought from the WIC and will be posted as soon as we hear.