Rule 1. - A canoe to compete in any race of the A.C.A. must be sharp at both ends, with no counter stern, or transom, and must be capable of being efficiently paddled by one man. To compete in A.C.A. paddling races, it must come within the limits of one of the numbered classes, I., II., III., IV., and to compete in sailing races, it must come within the limits of either Class A or B.

CLASS I.- Paddling.-Any canoe.

CLASS II. - Paddling. - Length not over 15 ft., beam not under 26 in. Depth not under 8 in.

CLASS III. - Paddling. - Length not over 16 ft., beam not under 28 in. Depth not under 9 in.

CLASS IV.-Paddling. - Length not over 16 ft., beam not under 30 in. Depth as in Class III.

CLASS A. - Sailing. - Length not over 16 ft., beam not over 28 in.

CLASS B. - Sailing. - length not over 17 ft., with a limit of 28-1/2 in. beam for that length. The beam may be increased 1/8 in. for each full inch of length decreased.

The greatest depth of a canoe in Classes A and B, at fore end of well, from under side of deck amidships to inner side of garboard next to keel, shall not exceed 16 in.

In centerboard canoes the keel outside of the garboard shall not exceed 1-1/4 in. in depth, including a metal keel band of not over 1/4 in. deep. The total weight of all centerboards shall not exceed 60 pounds; and they must not drop more than 18 in. below the garboard; when hauled up they must not project below the keel except as follows: Canoes built before May 1,1885, may be fitted with centerboards which, when hauled up, may project below the keel, provided such projection of board and case is not more than 2-1/2 in. in depth below the garboard, and not more than 36 in. in length. In order to be admitted in races without ballast, the centerboard or boards, including bolts and other movable parts, but not including fixed trunks or cases, must not exceed 15 pounds in total weight.

Canoes without centerboards may carry keels, not over 3 in. deep from garboards, and not weighing more than 35 pounds. Leeboards may be carried by canoes not having centerboards.

MEASUREMENT. - The length shall be taken between perpendiculars at the fore side of stem and at the aft side of stern, the beam at the widest part not including beading, which shall not, in Classes A and B, exceed 1-1/2 in. in depth, any beading over this depth being included in the beam. The word "beam" shall mean the breadth formed by the fair lines of the boat, and the beam at and near the waterline in the paddling classes shall bear a reasonable proportion to the beam at the gunwale. The Regatta Committee shall have power to disqualify any canoe which, in their opinion, is built with an evident intention to evade the above rules. As the minimum in Class IV. coincides with the maximum in Class B, a margin of 1/4 in. is to be allowed in measuring for these classes, in order that a canoe built to come well within one class may not thereby be ruled out of another.

Canoes for paddling races must not be of greater length, not of less beam and must be of the material and construction set out In the following classes:

FIRST CLASS. - Any canoe.

SECOND CLASS - (Rob Roy). - Any material or build, decked with wood; greatest length not more than 15 ft., greatest beam not mere than 26 in.

THIRD CLASS (Rob Roy). - Clinker built, of any material, decked with wood; greatest length not more than 15 ft., greatest beam not less than 26 in.


Canoes for sailing races shall not be over the following dimensions, viz.:

FIRST CLASS. - Any material and build; greatest length over all, from stem to sternpost, not more than 20 ft., with a limit of beam of 2 ft., but the beam may be increased by 1-1/2 in. for each whole foot of length decreased; greatest depth at fore end of well, under the center of the deck to the garboard, not more than 16 in. Fixed keel of wood, not more than 2 in. deep; a metal band not exceeding 1/2 in. in depth, may be added to the wooden keel, in which case the depth of the keel inclusive of band must not exceed 2 in.

One or more boards are allowed of any material, thickness not exceeding 5/8 in.; length, combined if more than one, not exceeding half the canoe's length; depth of drop not exceeding 18 in. below the fixed keel or its metal band. When hauled up they must be completely housed within the canoe.

All ballast, anchors or other metal weights (except centerboard and keelband before described, and metal deck fittings) shall be carried within the canoe, above the garboards. Ballast may be shifted during a race, but all ballast on board at starting must be carried throughout the race.

SECOND CLASS CRUISING CANOES. - The canoes in this class shall not exceed the dimensions of First Class. Keels and centerboards as in First Class. Weight of canoe, including all spars, gear, fitting and ballast, not over 200 pounds.

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