|Check your boat
Sail numbers and deck numbers need to match for the start of the regatta season. Reason? --- last week's Quad Lakes was the prime example. The downwind finish was tight and numbers were read off the deck but in some cases the sail differed from the deck.
Names - why? During the hectic roundings with multiple boats, some mistakes do occur. A boat is identifiable by its number but also its name. The scantlings require a name. Don't have one? Don't worry, we will assign one if you do not have one on your transom. So get that electrical tape ready. We will issue whatever you want but inevitably you will be settling for something your artistic talent will permit; hence, 1, 0, X, Y. It might be easier to put a name on today. So when you need to protest someone (hopefully not), the boat name may be all you see as the boat sails away.
Italic numbers, Times Roman? --- nope, the number style is regulated also. It's all to make it easier to read for RC who is calling often in a bunch. That 11 in Times Roman and italicized begins to look a lot like 77. Help the scorer and RC calling on the finish line. The words Helvetica in the rule means "similar to" but the font apparently has some legal rights associated with it which not all sailmakers have purchased so they use something similar.
For the official verbiage: (The ILYA controls the C and X scantlings)
c. Letters and numbers must be either all blue, red, green, or black of the Helvetica Bold type style attached directly to the sail by sewing and/or adhesive. All sails shall have letters and numbers of the same color with a minimum stroke width of 2.5" and a maximum stroke width of 3.5".
d. Letters and numbers shall be on both sides of the sail and shall not be back to back except where letters and numbers show identically the same on both sides of the sail. Letters and numbers when not back to back shall be higher on the starboard side of the sail.
e. Letters shall be placed between the top and first lower battens and numbers between the first lower and second lower battens as shown, with approximately even space vertically between them and according to the following specifications: Height of letters and numbers: Class C, 18-20"; Class X, 14-16". Centerline of letters and numbers will be located aft the leading edge of the first lower batten as follows, plus or minus 2": Class C, 36"; Class X, 8". Vertical spacing between letters and numbers will be no less than: Class C, 10"; Class X, 8".
f. A skipper's home lake yacht club burgee and or the ILYA burgee may be displayed on the mainsails of Class C or Class X. The burgee(s) should be located within a 5 foot radius of the clew of the mainsail. Each burgee should fit within a 12" X 18" rectangle and must be flown horizontally. Other advertising on Class C and X hulls or sails is not allowed unless the advertising is regatta specific, approved by the organizing authority, and benefitting the entire fleet.
g. Each yacht shall have her own letter and number horizontally placed on both sides of the after deck at least ten (10) inches high, facing outward in solid color contrasting to the deck color. These letters and numbers may be marked directly on the deck, or in letters securely affixed to the hull, or on a separate piece of canvas or plate securely fastened to the deck.
h. Each yacht shall carry a name on both sides or on its transom in addition to a number on its sail. The name shall either be painted on, or be on a plate or in letters securely affixed to the hull. The letters shall be at least three (3") inches in height, exclusive of shading, with proportional width