Nirvana Class International Racing Rule

Published 2/1/12
The radio controlled Nirvana was designed and engineered for production by Jon Elmaleh in 2003. Nirvana is produced by Megatech International Inc, hereinafter referred to as the builder.

The Nirvana is a One-Design class model sailboat whose specifications are regulated by the builder to insure uniform performance and quality control worldwide. This rule only pertains to those owners who wish to race their boat.

 

 

SECTION A – FUNDAMENTAL RULES STRUCTURE

A.1 One-Design Clause – The primary purpose of this class rule is to regulate all Nirvana sailboats throughout the world, used for racing, to be equal in all characteristics that affect performance.
Modifications -No modification, removal, or additions shall be made to any manufactured boat part unless it is specifically detailed in this document.
Manufactured Standard -Only boat parts manufactured by the builder (OEM) shall be used. (Hull, Keel, Rudder, Mast, Booms, Hatches, Cockpit seats, Sails)
A.2 Definitions
    Abbreviations
IRCNCA – International Nirvana Class Association
RRS – Racing Rules Of Sailing
MT – Megatech International- licensed builder
ISAF – International Sailing Federation
NA – National Authority
Language
English – The official language of the class is English and in case of dispute over translation the English text shall prevail.
Clarification -the word “shall” is mandatory and the word “may” is permissive.

A.3 Authority – The builder is the final authority for the terms and wording of this rule.

Rules Committee– – The builder may appoint a rules committee of knowledgeable boat owners. This committee shall advise the builder on rules issues raised by owners.
Owner Input – Any class boat owner, or group of owners, may propose a rule change, or rules discrepancy, to the Rules Committee for consideration. The Rules committee may propose such rule changes to the builder.
Legal Responsibility – Neither the ISAF, nor any NA, nor any recognized measurer is under any legal responsibility with respect to these class rules for accuracy of measurement, and no claim arising from them will be entertained.
Certificate – No measurement certificate is requiredhowever, boats are subject to inspection by the race committee at any time during a regatta or series to determine compliance with these regulations.
SECTION B – ORGANIZATION
B.1 Administration of the Class
Country or Regional Class Secretaries shall be appointed by the builder, or may be elected by a vote of class members when a sizeable, builder recognized, organization is formed in that particular country/region.
Communications – Communications to class members on class business shall be by web site, national affiliation publications and email where available.
SECTION C – AUTHORIZED MODIFICATIONS 
C.1 Electronic Equipment
Servos – No servo shall be modified electronically or mechanically from its factory default performance torque, speed and travel. However, other servos may be installed as long as their performance factors are not greater than listed here:
Sail Servo – Max torque in oz/in = 122/153 (4.8v/6.0v); Speed = .24/.20 (4.8v/6.0v) Only arm winches are authorized
Steer Servo – No restrictions.
On-Board Batteries – Nirvana electronics shall be powered by either 4 ea alkaline AA cells (6 v), or 4 ea NiCad/Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable AA cells (4.8 v).
Antenna – The receiver antenna may be installed in any manner.
C.2 Hull & Deck
Hull Finish – The hull may be repaired, sanded, filled, and painted as long as the hull shape is not modified from the original in any way.
Hull & Deck Decoration – Any means is suitable – self-adhesive letters, tape, decals, or paint, may be used on the deck and hull.
Bow Bumpers – Class legal bow bumpers may be required by local authority for any competitive sailing.  There is only one class legal bow bumper.
Drain Hole – Drain holes may be installed in the bow or stern for draining the hull.
C.3 Underwater Appendages 
Keel and Rudder – The keel fin and bulb, and the rudder may be sanded and painted. The shape of the keel and rudder shall not be changed in any way. No filet is authorized where the keel fin enters the ballast or the hull.
C.4 Rigging
Rigging Lines – Lines used for mainsheet, jib sheet, outhauls, halyards, topping lifts, downhauls, boom vang, stays and shrouds may be of any material deemed suitable by the boat owner.
Booms – Standard booms may be shortened for better clearance but sail dimensions of the standard sails may not be altered. Additional sheet adjustment holes may be added to the boom. Alternate fittings for sail attachment and adjustment may be installed.
Fasteners – Clips or hooks of any kind may be used to fasten lines but should be of closed design so they do not catch rigging of near-by boats.
Mast Head Fitting (Crane) – The mast head crane may be drilled to provide alternate backstay attachment positions.
Gooseneck & Boom Vang Fittings – The gooseneck and boom vang mast fittings shall be used, however, the gooseneck swivel and the boom vang mechanism may be altered or substituted. The location of boom fitting, for the boom vang, shall not be changed.
Jib Swivel Fitting – The jib swivel deck fitting shall not be moved. The swivel, itself, may be of any configuration and length, and the location of the attachment point on the jib boom may be adjustable.
Topping Lifts – Topping lifts may be fitted to main and jib booms.
Down Hauls – Downhaul lines may be attached to each sail via one grommet at a time.
Halyards – Halyards may be attached to each sail via one grommet at a time.
Sheet Exit Hole – The location, size and shape of the exit hole in the electronics compartment starboard wall, through which the sheets pass, may be modified.
Sheet Attachment to Boom – Sheets may be attached to the boom by any fittings or method.
Shroud Rail Fittings – Shroud attachment fittings, and location on the rail, are optional, but shall be no further aft than 17″ measured from the front of the toe rail to the eye of the fitting, measured along the toe rail.
Wind Vanes & Tell Tales – Any type of wind direction indicator may be attached to the top of the mast, and tell tales may be used on the sails at owner’s descretion.
C.5 – SAILS
Attachments – Wind Flow indicators may be attached to any point of the sails and may be made of any material.
Repair – Sail damage may be repaired as long as repair does not stiffen or alter the size of the sail.
Sail Numbers – Nirvana sail numbers are a specific size, color and font and are located on the sails as specified in the Sail Number addendum attached to these rules.
Sail Graphics – Sails may be decorated using decals, tape or markers, but such markings shall not interfere with easy identification of the sail numbers or the class logo. Sail decorations may not significantly stiffen or change the shape/size of the sail.
Class Logo – The font, size, and location are as designated on the Sail Number addendum, when adopted.
Grommets – Grommets may be installed at any location on the clew, tack, or head, of either sail, however only one grommet at each corner of the sail may be used at one time.
Battens – Battens are optional, but if used shall be positioned, and be of the same dimensions, as on the standard OEM sails.

D. MISCELLANEOUS RACING RESTRICTIONS

Crew – The crew shall consist of one person, but may be more with special permission of the Race Committee.
E. PENDING RULE CHANGES
Minimum Weight – A minimum weight shall be determined. As soon as the appropriate investigation is complete, a suitable minimum weight will be designated. In the interim, all boats will sail with all original equipment on board except for those exceptions listed in C. above.
Sails – Smaller sails are being designed and tested to determine suitability for heavy weather sailing.