Mutineer Class Association Rules, Measurements & Constitution

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The Mutineer One-Design Class page located at contains the most up-to-date information on the Mutineer One Design Class, Mutineer Class Association Rules, Measurements & Constitution, so please check out their page for the latest information.

Rick Smith took the time to convert an old copy of the Mutineer Class Association Rules, Measurements, and Constitution to MS Word, and I converted them to HTML. These documents date back to 1981.

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The objects of the Mutineer Racing Rules are as follows:

A. To keep each boat as equal, simple and inexpensive as possible by rigidly maintaining, without deviation, the one-design features of the Mutineer for class racing.

B. To encourage the use of only racing tactics and sailing skills to increase boat speed.

A skipper has the right of protest and the Mutineer Class Association has the right to declare ineligible any Mutineer which does not conform to the spirit, object, and intent as well as the letter of these rules, including the drawings of the designer.

Neither the designer nor his franchised builders shall so alter construction or design as to make an older boat outdated in its racing ability.


A. Safety Equipnent

All Mutineers must carry the following safety equipment while racing:

  1. A wearable personal flotation device for each person in the boat. The device must conform to all federal, state and local requirements.

  2. Paddle.

  3. An anchor and 100 feet of line. The anchoring equipment must be considered adequate by the local race committee. Line must be 1/4 inch minimum.

  4. A bailing device.

  5. Other safety equipment mandated by local race committee.

B. Crew

The boat must be raced by a minimum of two persons. The same crew must be used throughout a Championship race or regatta. Crew may not be added, deleted, or changed without the permission of the Race Committee.

C. Sails

  1. Any sailmaker shall be allowed to manufacture replacement sails, provided that these conform to official specifications ard sail plan. Total area of main and jib must be under 150 square feet, total area of spinnaker under 166 square feet, by the official method of measuring.

  2. All unaltered sails manufactured prior to 1975 will be allowed. The burden of proof of date of manufacture is on the owner.

  3. Measurement and date stamping of all sails should be carried out at the fleet level prior to Championship events. At the National Championship, sails will be measured and date stamped accordingly.

  4. Not more than one new set of sails per calendar year is allowed, or one replacement set for sails lost, stolen, or totally damaged. Only two sets shall be measured in a regatta or series.

  5. A sail may be recut, but the overall area may not be altered except to make it conform to association requirements.

  6. Telltales may be added as desired.

  7. A skipper may not switch sails during a regatta without the permission of the Race Committee.

  8. Windows in the bottom of the main (36-inch wedge, 4 inches to 11 inches) and jib (12 inches by 21 inches) are allowable.

  9. No cunningham hole is allowed (amended in July, 1981).

  10. Racing bands must be painted on mast and boom as specified below. All parts of the mainsail, including the headboard, must be confined inside these bands while racing. Location of bands is as follows:

    a. Two half-inch bands of contrasting color painted on the mast with the inner edges of the bands 20-feet-6-inches apart. The top of the top band must be 3/4 inch from the top of the mast extrusion. Only one set of bands allowed on the mast.

    b. One half-inch band of contrasting color painted on the boom at a distance of 8-feet-2-inches from the after edge of the mast to the inner edge of the band when the boom is attached to the mast and fully extended at 90 degrees to the mast.

  11. Zippers are prohibited.

D. Spinnaker pole shall not be more than 6-feet-9-inches in overall length. It may not be adjustable. Only one pole is allowed aboard while racing. One end of the pole must be secured to the front side of the mast while spinnaker is used during races. Spinnaker pole may be used as a whisker pole.

E. Adjustable whisker poles of any length may be carried by boats not equipped with spinnakers.

F. Ballast and minimum weight of boat.

  1. A boat with spars, rigging, rudder and tiller shall weigh at least 410 pound or be penalized by the addition of fixed weight correctors until mininum weight is obtained. These weight correctors will be permanently affixed inside the centerboard trunk. No boat shall have its hull structurally altered to lighten or transfer weight.

  2. Moveable ballast is not allowed. This includes any water retaining sweaters, sweatshirts, or similar apparel designed to be worn by skipper or crew.

G. Water tightness of hull must be preserved. A Race Committee may exclude any boat on which, in the judgement of the Committee, fittings or alterations seriously compromise the water tightness of the hull.

  1. All hatch covers must be equipped in a manner which ensures that the cover will remain securely in place while racing.

  2. Additional through-hull fittings which compromise water tightness are prohibited.

  3. Required safety equipment should be carried in a location which is accessible without compromising water tightness during an emergency.

H. Optional equipment is as follows:

  1. Boom vang may be fitted. It must attach to the boom with a removeable fitting. It may be attached to the mast or bulkhead inboard of the hatch opening or the base of the centerboard trunk for use as a preventer. Purchase may not exceed 8 to 1. Position of point of attachment to boom may not be variable. Recommended point of attachment is 3 feet aft of the mast.

  2. Sheet lines, blocks and fittings may be changed as desired, provided that the strength capacity of such items is not reduced from that of original equipment. Location of such shall not be changed except as specified by rules.

  3. Shrouds may be replaced, but must connect in the same manner to standard shroud adjusters. Wire size or construction must not be reduced in diameter from standard Mutineer equipment. Use of quick release pins is not recommended. Attachment points of shrouds may not be changed from standard.

  4. Hiking straps may be fitted as desired within the following requirements: the attachment point of the straps may not be above the top of the centerboard case or seats. Thwartships straps are prohibited. Only one set of straps may be aboard during a race. No other hiking aids allowed.

  5. Exterior outhaul and downhaul are permitted. Interior outhaul and downhaul prohibited.

  6. Battens of optional material and width, provided that they fit into standard pockets. Length of top batten is optional.

  7. Any means of effectively shutting off the foredeck enclosure at the mast point.

  8. A spray deflector which does not rise more than 1-1/2 inches above the foredeck.

  9. Bailers of any type.

  10. Internal stiffening of the centerboard case top. External stiffening in the form of a console/seat.

  11. Alternative system for adjustment of topping lift.

  12. Mainsheet boom blocks may be repositioned forward on the boom so as to give a more vertical lead to the mainsheet jam cleat fitting on the top of the centerboard trunk but may not be adjustable.

  13. Any compass installation.

  14. Any masthead wind indicator.

  15. Barber haulers as desired.

  16. Optional placement of jib fairleads and blocks and cleats, provided that they do not increase purchase.

  17. Fixed forestay system and improved roller-reefing gear.

  18. Optional spinnaker sheet leads, blocks, guy hooks, jam cleats and launcher tube. Through hull fittings for sheeting system is prohibited.

  19. Sanding and fairing of centerboard and rudder edges not to exceed a maximum of 1/2 inch from the edge. Profile may not be altered thereby and finished blade shall conform to official drawings. (Owners are warned that excessive removal of material may result in destruction of laminated blades.).

  20. Rubbed, sanded, painted, waxed or polished hulls as obtained during the normal process of maintenance.

I. The following are prohibited

  1. Spinnaker sheets mounted through the deck.

  2. Change of location of mainsheet block from its specified position on the centerboard trunk.

  3. Hydro polymers, i.e., substances or preparations which, when applied to the outer surfaces of the hull, cause less skin friction.

  4. Any hiking aids other than hiking straps or handlines within the confines of the hull.

  5. Zippers in sails.

  6. Electronic sailing aids such as navigational aids, wind indicators, steering devices, radios, speedometers, and anenometers.

  7. Travelers, tracks or rope athwartships or otherwise for use of moving mainsheet.

  8. Mast step other than standard as provided by manufacturer.

  9. Additional through deck/interliner fittings or hatches.

  10. Alteration of basic hull shape or shape of centerboard or rudder blades.

  11. Standing rigging alterations. All standing rigging must conform to the official designs and drawings. Locations of attachment points may not be changed except as outlined in Section H of these rules.

  12. Unofficial spars. All boats shall use the standard mast and boom as specified by the designer and supplied by his franchised builders. Replacements must be standard equipment and no alteration of spars is allowed. All spars must be foam filled or sealed so as to aid flotation.

  13. Use of centerboard or rudder blades which are not stock items as supplied by the manufacturer in conformity with official drawings and specifications.

J. Any equipment should be subjected to class rulings concerning the equipment's legality prior to a race series. Although objections should be voiced and rulings made prior to racing, this shall not preclude objections or protests being made during or after a race if an infraction of the equipment rules went unnoticed prior to racing. End of Racing Rules


I. Mainsail.

Dimensions shall not exceed:

  1. Luff 20'1"

  2. Foot 8'0"

  3. Diagonal 21'5"

  4. Girth:

    a) 1/4 height of sail 7'1.5"

    b) 1/2 height of sail 5'6"

    c) 3/4 height of sail 3'3"

  5. Battens not to exceed:

    1- 42"

    1- 30"

    2- 24"

    Locations as shown on plan evenly spaced + or - 2"

  6. Headboard not to exceed: 4" measured at right angles to luff. The measurement from the after edge of the luff rope to the measurement of the aftermost point of the headboard shall not exceed 4 3/4".

  7. Window, only one not to exceed: 36" wedge 4" to 11" at the ends.

II. Jib.

Dimensions shall not exceed:

  1. Luff 15'1"

  2. Leach 14'4.5"

  3. Foot 73.5"

  4. Max sail foot reach is 8"

  5. No battens allowed

  6. Window: Max two square feet, 12" by 21"

  7. Leach shall not exceed a straight line

  8. Luff sleeve shall not exceed 2 1/2"

III. Spinnaker.

  1. The spinnaker shall be a symetrical three cornered sail. The sail must have no stiffening patches at the head clew and retractor tab.

  2. The sail is measured as follows: Fold the sail in half from the head to the center of the foot so that the clews coincide. The three corners of the half sail so formed shall then be pulled out hand taut and held in position, then the following measurements shall not exceed:

    A) Head to clew 14'4"

    B) Clew to center of foot 5'O"

  3. With the head now folded to the clews and the corners held out as before, the width at the half height is measured in a straight line and shall not exceed 6'0".

IV. Sail Area.

Sail area not to exceed:

  1. Main: 100 sq. ft.

  2. Jib: 50 sq. ft.

  3. Spinnaker 166 sq. ft.

V. Weight.

Minimum weight: 410 lbs with spars, rigging, rudder, tiller, and centerboard

VI. Rating.


Revised May 1, 1981

I. Title.

The full title of the Association shall be "The Mutineer Class Association".

A. The Class" shall mean the class of one-design sailing dinghies designed by J.R. Macalpine-Downie, and built in accordance with his drawings and specifications and known under the name "Mutineer".

B. "The Class Rules" shall mean the rules relating to measurement, construction, and racing conditions forming an appendix to the Constitution and governing the initial building of each Mutineer and its ratings as a recognized boat within the class for Class racing purposes.

C. 'The Class Register" shall mean the register of Mutineers and their owners, to be kept as hereinafter provided.

II. Purposes.

The purposes of the Association shall be to further the interests of the Class as a one-design dinghy class; to govern the affairs of the Class in the United States and to maintain the Association Register and Class Register and, to this end, the Association shall provide Association Rules for governing the conduct of its members and Class Rules for ensuring that racing within the class shall take place on even terms.

III. Membership and Voting.

A. The following classes of membership shall be recognized:

  1. Full Membership.

  2. Associate Membership.

  3. Honorary Life Membership.

B. All Members shall be bound by the Constitution and Class Rules.

C. Full Membership shall be open to any owner of a Mutineer.

D. In the case of joint ownership, only one vote per boat shall be allowed and may be exercised by the owner first named on the Register of the Association.

E. In the case of a boat owned by a corporation or by a service association, only one vote per boat shall be allowed and a vote may be exercised by a representative member of that organization.

F. Each Full Member shall be entitled to vote at general meetings or in postal ballots regarding changes in Constitution or Racing Rules.

G. Associate Membership shall be open to any person having an interest in the Association or the Class.

H. Honorary Life Membrrship shall be open to any person having an interest in the Association or Class who is proposed by a Full Member and seconded by at least one member of the Committee and is elected by members of the Association at any general meeting of the Association.

I. Associate and Honorary Life Members shall be entitled to attend and speak at any general meeting but not to vote.

IV. Conduct of Meetings.

A. A General Meeting of the Association shall be held annually; the time, date and place shall be at the Committee's discretion.

B. A Special General meeting shall be called by the Conmodore or Secretary upon receipt, by the Secretary, of a request in writing and signed by not fewer than ten Full Members of the Association.

C. At least seven days' notice shall be given of any General or Committee meeting.

D. At any meeting, decision shall be by majority vote, voting to be by a show of hands, unless a poll is demanded by no fewer than three of the Members present. Elections shall be by secret ballot. At any meeting the Commodore shall have a casting vote.

E. At any General Meeting, seven shall form a quorum.

Changes in the Constitution or Class Rules shall be made by postal ballot only. A minimum period of three weeks shall be allowed between the date when the ballots are mailed and the closing day of the vote. The closing day shall be indicated on the ballot. A majority of two-thirds of the total votes received is required to make the change effective.

V. National Class Association Membership Dues.

A. Amount shall be set by the Committee.

B. Payment of dues for the current year shall be a requirement for participation in the National Championship Regatta.

C. At the discretion of local fleet officers, fees may be collected for membership in local fleets.

VI. Registration of Boats.

A. No Mutineer shall be entered on the Class Register unless its hull has been built by a licensee or sublicensee of the designer's company and the owner of the boat possesses a Valid Measurement Certificate.

VII. Measurement Certificate.

A. 'Valid Measurement Certificate" shall mean a certificate in which the particulars of ownership are up-to-date and entered on the Class Register.

B. Measurement Certificates will be issued automatically to boats constructed by builders franchised by the designer.

C. Change of owner invalidites the certificate. The new owner must apply to the Secretary for a new certificate in the name of the new owner after relevant requirements for certificate issuance have been complied with.

VIII. Specifications.

It is in the interest of this organization to preserve the one-design character of the Mutineer in order to ensure uniform equipment in competition and, so far as is possible, to delay the obsolescence of individual boats.

Since the design of the Mutineer is the creation and property of the designer company, this association can claim no rights to cause any changes in dirensions or construction of the Mutineer.

It is the understanding of this association that the designer and his franchise professional builders intend to make no fundamental modifications to design construction which would affect peak racing speed or performance.

In the event that the designer or his builders introduce modifications of specifications resulting in changes in peak racing speed or performance, the Association may bar such boats from competition in Association events or may institute a suitable handicapping system for races in which such boats participate. Any such action by the Association must be approved in a balloting by mail in which all Members of the Association may vote. Such balloting is to be regulated by the provisions of this Constitution which govern "Changes in Constitution or Class Rules" (Paragraph 4.F.).

IX. Championship Racing.

A. Area and National Championship Races will be open to any helmsman helming Mutineer dinghy provided that:

  1. The helmsman is a Full or Associate Member of the Association or a spouse or chiId of such a member.

  2. The boat has been entered by a Full Member of the Association and is registered.

  3. All Race Requirements as set forth by the National Committee have been satisfied on schedule.

  4. Payment of the helmsman's current National dues has been completed prior to or upon registration for the race.

B. The following shall apply to Championship Races:

  1. Inspection: Boats shall be subject to inspection at the discretion of the Officer of the Day.

  2. Racing will be governed by NAYRU or CYA Class Association and local fleet rules.

  3. Scoring will be decided as follows:

    First Place - 3/4 point

    Second Place - 2 points

    Third Place - 3 points

    Fourth Place - 4 points

    Fifth Place - 5 points

    A non-starter or a boat disqualified vill be given points equal to the number of boats entered in the series. A boat retiring will be avarded points equal to the number of boats starting the race.

    The Championship will be won by the scoring of the lowest points in the race or series. When more than three races are sailed, a boat shall be entitled to discard the points scored in its worst race.

  4. Personal Buoyancy: An appropriate personal flotation device must be carried for each person aboard in every race. The device may not be stowed in a closed hatch and must be worn while racing if so directed by the Officer of the Day.

X. Special Rules Governing Local Fleets.

A. Fleet Charter.

A Fleet Charter mav be granted by the National Committee upon written application of three or more members owning Mutineers.

B. Fleet officers shall be elected as required to conduct fleet business.

C. Upon information, a fleet shall make its officers known to the National Committee.

D. Fleet Membership:

  1. Fleet Membership shall be based upon membership in the Mutineer Class Association.

  2. Where more than one Fleet is geographically convenient, a Class Association Member may join the Fleet of his choice.

  3. Membership in more than one Fleet is not allowed.

  4. The Fleet Secretary shall keep the National Secretary informed of the Fleet Membership List.

  5. A Class Association Member shall not be considered a Fleet Member until his National Dues and his Fleet Dues, if any, are paid.

  6. A Member must meet any other local Fleet requirenents necessary for Fleet renbership.

E. Fleet Voting

  1. Each boat shall be entitled to one vote, whether or not it is owned by more than one member.

  2. Associate Menbers shall have a voice but not a vote unless holding a Proxy Vote of a Full Menber in his absence.

XI. Commencement Date.

This Constitution mav be referred to as the Mutineer Constitution and shall come into operation on the First day of June, 1981.

XII. Management.

A. The affairs of the Association shall be mandated by a National Committee of up to five Full Members of the Association. The Committee shall have power to co-opt additional members as required. The Committee shall have power to fill vacancies occurring among officers until the next General Meeting.

B. Officers of the Committee are to be elected at a General Meeting of the Association and take office immediately upon election. The term of office is two years except for Racing Captain, which is for one year.

  1. Commodore and Secretary are to be elected in odd-numbered years.

  2. Vice-Commodore and Treasurer to be elected in even-numbered years.

  3. The Vice-Commodore and Treasurer elected in 1980 will have their terms extended to 1983.

C. The Committee shall consist of the following officers:

  1. Commodore to act as chairperson during the ensuing two years.

  2. Vice-Commodore and Publicity Director, who will substitute for the Commodore and be responsible for all Class publicity.

  3. Secretary, who will keep minutes etc. of all Committee and General Meetings, communicate the decisions of the Committee to membership and others, keep an accurate roster of Members, and perform other duties of Secretary as prescribed by the Committee.

  4. Treasurer, who shall have charge of any funds which may be existent, make disbursements of such funds as required hy the Committee, and present an annual financial statement.

  5. Racing Captain, who will organize Class Races and Activities.

  6. At meetings of the Committee, three shall form a quorum.

D. The Committee shall have the power to make recommendations to the Members in General Meetings for alterations of, or additions to, the Rules of the Class or the interpretations of such rules.

E. Championship Regattas

  1. The Committee shall arrange the Annual Championship Class Regatta.

  2. All matters pertaining to the Championship shall be settled by the Committee in consultation with sponsoring clubs.

F. The National Committee may create a Technical Committee when authorized to do so by a vote taken at a General Meeting. The Mutineer Technical Committee shall be constituted as follows:

  1. Duties:

    a. Appoint National Measurer

    b. Receive suggestions for changes and solicit vote of aembership of proposed boat changes.

    c. Liaison with manufacturer concerning building problems.

    Membership of Technical Committee shall be as follows:

    a. National Commodore to act as Technical Committee chairperson.

    b. One Member representing manufacturer of boat.

    c. One member from each Fleet consisting of at least ten National Association current Full Members.

  2. Chairman shall vote only in case of ties.

G. Removal from Office.

An Officer of the Association who fails to perforn his/her duties may be removed from office by action of the general membership.

  1. The removal process shall begin when members of the National Committee receive a petition to remove an Officer. The petition to remove must be signed by twenty current Full Members and must contain a description of the Officer's failure to perform required duties.

  2. Within one week of the receipt of such a petition to remove, the Committee shall supply the officer named in the petition with a copy of the petition. The named Officer shall then have the opportunity to reply in writing to the petition.

  3. Four weeks after the receipt of a petition to remove, or sooner if the Committee has received a written reply to the charges, the Committee shall mail copies of the petition and the reply to all Full Members. A balloting by mail shall be conducted on the matter of removal. Closing date for the receipt of ballots cast will be three weeks from the date of mailing of ballots to the membership. Removal from office requires a two-thirds majority of ballots cast.

  4. The Committee may fill the office of a removed Officer by electing another Member to that Office or by conducting an election by mail in which all Full Members may cast a vote. In either case, the person elected will fill the unexpired term of the removed Officer. In the event that the Committee elects a person to fill the unexpired term, the Committee's decision shall be confirmed or overturned by a secret ballot at the next General Meeting.

XIII. National Class Rules for the Mutineer.

Are to govern all events in which Mutineer class racing is to occur.

  1. The 1981 revision of Class Rules incorporates earlier revisions of the rules that were approved by the Membership.

  2. The National Secretary shall inform the Members of any additional revisions of the Class Rules.

End of Constitution

Hopefully, this information will come in handy for you, as it contains a great deal of information regarding the rigging and racing of the Chrysler Mutineer Class boats. Enjoy!

This page last updated on Sunday, February 11, 2001.