| 'End of Year' 2012 District III Meeting Minutes/Report
The meeting began at 8:10 AM on Saturday morning November 3. The first topic discussed was the engine displacement size for the GX-1
engine category. Everyone agreed that they personally knew someone using an engine in the GX – 1category that was illegal. It was
therefore foolish to continue with the present displacement limitation in this engine category. Doing so would necessitate engines being
checked on a routine basis prior to allowing the start of racing in categories using a GX –1 engine. Having both GX – 1 and GX – 2 classes
running at a race would still necessitate GX – 1 engines being checked to avoid cheating. The membership decided that the present clubs
did not have the ability to perform such engine checks on a regular basis. The vote was then held on agenda item 1 and it passed with a
large majority. The new displacement maximum for a GX – 1 engine is now 31.99cc’s. The discussion then turned to the engines allowed
for use in the Jersey Skiff class. It was felt that the stated engine requirements as written were ambiguous and needed to be better defined.
It was agreed that ONLY G –1 engines would be permitted as per NAMBA national rules.
The second topic discussed was the penalty rule for the use of illegal engines. In the past year many people have used illegal engines and
in a recent race a boat containing an illegal engine was allowed to run under the condition that it would not receive any points.
Unfortunately this boat was involved in an accident and resulted in taking out a contender using a legal engine. This practice of allowing
illegal boats to race under any conditions will not be permitted. With the increased displacement of the GX – 1 engine size there should be
less chance of illegal engines being used. Even so there may be future larger and different engines available for use and the temptation to
cheat will still exist. Therefore a vote was taken on the second agenda item which defines the penalties for illegal engine use. This rule
passed with the majority in favor of it. This rule applies to Gas and Nitro engines.
Attention was then turned to the 2013 racing calendar. It was agreed that the eight two day High Point races was a good format in 2012
and should be continued. It was also decided that the last race of the year should be a double points race. This double points race should
be rotated amongst the eight different clubs so each would have a chance to put on a race which may result in better than average
The banquet was then discussed and the Miami club agreed to host the banquet as part of their February two day high points race.
The following rule changes were voted in:
a. General Engine Specifications
I. Engines running in this class will not be required to fall under the
“industrial” rule. Displacement is the swept volume of the engine,
which is the cross sectional area of the cylinder multiplied by the
stroke of the engine and three displacement ranges will be offered
within this class:
(a) GX-1 will include engines from 15 to 31.99 cubic centimeters.
(b) GX-2 will include engines from 26 to 35.99 cubic centimeters.
(c) GX-Twin will include two engines or an engine with two
cylinders with a maximum displacement of 53.00 cubic centimeters.
II. Engines in this class must employ spark-induced combustion. Glow
plug or compression-induced combustion is illegal.
III. Induction systems may include piston port induction, reed valve
induction, rotor-valve induction and drum valve induction.
9. G-1 gas engines are the only engines allowed.
New Rule: Use of illegal engines
This pertains to all classes of boats in reference to illegal engines being used.
If a boat in any class is known to have an illegal engine, or is found to have an illegal engine it will not be authorized to be entered into the
race whether it be for points or not. Furthermore, if a racer knowingly enters a boat or boats with an illegal engine, they will
automatically forfeit their entry fee to the club holding the event. If an illegal engine is found after racing begins, the boat will be removed
from the race and no longer be allowed to be used even if engine is changed out to a legal engine. All points will be
forfeited for prior rounds, and racers in that class will be awarded the proper positional points if the illegal boat had not run in any of the
rounds. The offending racer will be reported to the District III directors, and that racer will no longer be authorized to run in the specific
class till they show proof to a District Officer that they have a legal engine in the offending boat. The District Officer will then inform the
District President that the individual is verified to be in compliance with the district rules.
Further Information on District III GX – 1 Gas Rule Change
There has been considerable discussion about the displacement change passed at the district 3 meeting.
Because the class retains the same name GX – 1as the national rules which defined the engine size limit at
25.99cc the NAMBA president Robert Holland asked if we would consider a different class name to prevent
confusion. I have discussed this with Richard Lind our Gas Director who proposed the original rule changed
so that a different name could be considered. His recommendation was to simply call the class GX. This
recommendation was sent to the board who agreed with the name change. Therefore in D-3 the gas class
using the increased displacement engines will be called GX.