May 15, 1978
MEGA CLASS RULES
Fundamental Policy. The Mega Class has been conceived, designed and built to provide
one-design racing for cruising sailboats with a minimum investment of money and time
spent on equipment selection and maintenance, and a maximum level of equality among
boats and gear.
It is the declared intention of the Rules to prohibit alterations to the hull, keel, rudder,
spars, rigging or sails which would result, or in the opinion of a protest committee is
intended to or likely to result, in a boat or its crew obtaining an advantage over their
The deck layout, deck hardware and interior additions are left to the discretion of the
competitor, subject to the specific restrictions of these rules. (Nothing may be removed
from the interior of the hull as it is delivered from the builder unless specifically allowed
by these Rules.)
It is the intention of these Rules that, once a yacht has been built a MEGA, she will
remain a MEGA provided her hull, keel, rudder and spars have not been altered or
modified, or undergone significant repairs after damage.
Any MEGA will be subject to inspection and measurement at any time by authority of the
Technical Committee or its authorized representative (s); the methods of measurement,
tests to be applied, tolerances, etc. will not be publicized.
The Technical Committee or its representatives is required to use any means it sees fit,
including core samples from the hull and deck, templates, weight and inertia
measurements, etc. to assure that the yacht has not been modified contrary to these Rules
or in a manner which could affect performance.
Anything not specifically allowed by these Rules shall be prohibited.
It is intended that Mega Class competition be between crews, and not between boats or
Builder and Sailmaker. All Mega Class boats must be built by C & C Yachts or a
builder approved by them. All sails for Mega Class yachts must be built by North Sails or
a sailmaker approved by them.
This rule is intended to provide one-design hulls, spars and sails, within the limits of
modern, highly skilled manufacturing technology.