Sunday DORADE got measured for the CSA rating in Nanny Cay, Tortola. All of the boats measurements were double checked against Greg’s dimensions. We had to measure three of the older sail, the #3 jib, mizzen spinnaker and mizzen staysail. As you can see in the picture the mizzen staysail is smaller in the foot and the leach than the mizzen spinnaker and much smaller through the girth. Crew gear, spare parts, etc line the dock as we measured the boat for her racing trim. The CSA rating system gives each boat a set of ratings based on different sail combos. At each event, and sometimes each day, a yacht can chose which sails she will fly thereby dictating her rating for the event. This is done to account for the fact that it is often very windy in the Caribbean, and the fact that so many different types of yachts compete. Tom Merrigan did a thorough job, and had some great gadgets that he had built including a 6 ft long sliding square that he sinks in the water to determine a girth measurement for the rating. He said “man your boat is skinny!” Tom is also a maritime lawyer down here in Tortola, a graduate of King’s Point, and an avid windsurfer. Real pleasure working with him. DORADE will have a full set of ratings for the after guard to chose from well in advance of the Heineken Regatta.