IMS workshop

to be held in Newport, RI on 8 March

Thursday February 28th 2002, Author: Talbot Wilson, Location: United States
The Bermuda Race Organising Committee (BROC) is to host a US Sailing IMS Owner's Committee (IMSOC) workshop at the Newport Hyatt Regency in Newport, RI. The workshop kicks off the Cruising Club of America's Safety at Sea Weekend and will be held on March 8th at 1530.

The Newport Bermuda Race and the Onion Patch Series are America's premier IMS events. Of the five hundred sailors attending the weekend seminar, many are IMS boat owners and crew meeting the Newport Bermuda Race Safety at Sea seminar requirements. It will also be a perfect opportunity for these owners to discuss the IMS rule and its future.

Dr. Bruce Eissner, US Sailing's Offshore Committee Chairman, will chair the meeting and will be joined by US Sailing Offshore Director Dan Nowlan and US Sailing Technical Director Jim Teeters. These three have an intimate knowledge of the IMS from historical, operational and technical perspectives.

Discussion will include:
- IMS in the spectrum of handicapping rules
- IMS popularity (worldwide and USA)
- IMS sub-fleets: 50s, 40s, IMS 600 (the 2003 Admiral's Cup and fleet growth
- 2002 IMS Rule changes , technical issues and opportunities
- Laser measurement
US Sailing fleet and sailor Services; IMS Governance.

Questions and open discussion will be encouraged.

IMS Owners interested in attending the workshop should RSVP with name of owner, yacht name, sail number and e-mail address to Nancy Helme at or contact Talbot Wilson at

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