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Adding a cleat which is not permitted within the Class Rules would certainly infringe the Class Rules, however it was attached.
I expect that what you can see in the photo is two clips clipping together to make the shockcord into a loop, as is specifically permitted. You can see the tale of a knot dangling.

03/10/2022 11:12:00
Peter Barton
Posts: 4713
It is not so obvious in this scale of photograph, but if you click on the photograph to display it in a separate window it would appear that a new cleat has been fitted under the boom between the kicker and mainsheet block loops.

If fitting that cleat has involved drilling or other permanent fixing then I suspect this is outside of class rules.

CA Technical committee have final say on that aspect, of course.

03/10/2022 10:00:00
Jonathan Rickels
Posts: 104
The Class Rules are posted on the Documents page of the website here;  
See C.6.1.3 (m) (iii).

Shockcord is permitted to retract or reduce slack in ropes when released/uncleated, with limitations;
- must be maximum diameter 6mm
- can have optional attachment hook/s
- shockcord and/or hook may not change the function or performance of any fitting or rope 
- must not pass through or attach to any sail cringle.

Personally I don't bother with that schockcord, but sailors who are often in light winds or on sheltered small lakes may have a greater need. Points to note;
- The looseness in the clew strap allows a good degree of outhaul ease movement before the webbing even needs to slide on the boom
- The outhaul will ease more easily when the sail is under more pressure upwind, rather than downwind (so ease it just before you bear away, rather than after)
- You will find the clew strap slides more easily on the boom with less kicker (vang) tension

30/09/2022 09:58:00
Peter Barton
Posts: 4713
If it is elastic it is in my book class legal and I have senn boats at the European passing the measurement checks with such elastic. It is only helpful for low wind conditions,

29/09/2022 22:34:00
Michael Heber
Posts: 63
Looking at the pics from Papercourt event I see this https://www.rsaerosailing.org/index.asp?p=gallery&id=autumn-2022&yr=2022&details=5276

There is a yellow line that would appear to function to loosen the outhaul.   Is this legal & how is it rigged?

29/09/2022 13:02:00
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