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August 1, 1978
The name of this Association shall be SANTANA 525 CLASS ASSOCIATION, Hereinafter called the Association.


The object of the Association shall be to maintain the one-design features of the Santana 525 according to its plans arid specifications arid these Articles and By-laws, and to promote class racing and such other yachting activities as will benefit the members of the Association.


The policy of the Association shall be:

1.To cooperate with other yachting organizations and, in return, to insist on strict observance and compliance with the rules of the SANTANA 525 CLASS ASSOCIATION.

2.To keep the cost of acquisition and upkeep of SANTANA 525 class sloops within modest limits without sacrificing high standards of performance and seaworthiness.

3.To promote and maintain a one-design class of SANTANA 525 sloops in which racing shall be, to determine the skill of skipper and crew under uniform rules and specifications.


1.The Association has jurisdiction over all SANTANA 525 Class activities. Its Articles and Bylaws shall govern all SANTANA 525 Class races regardless of by whom they are held, and are binding upon all members and Fleets.

2.Permission must be obtained from the Association prior to eliminating or deviating from any requirement of these Articles and By-laws in racing a SANTANA 525 Class sloop.

3.All events involving racing within the territorial waters of a Fleet shall be sanctioned by the Fleet through its elected officers.

4.All disputes or issues involving the interpretation of these Articles and By-laws shall be submitted in writing to the Governing Board of the Association for resolution, and the decisions of the Governing Board shall be final and binding upon all Officers, Members and Fleets of the Association.

5.The Association shall not be liable for any debts contracted by its officers, Fleet officers, or members other than expenditures authorized by the budget or upon written order of the President and Treasurer.

6.The Association reserves the right to declare ineligible any yacht that does not conform to the SPIRIT as well as the letter of these Articles and By-laws, and the specifications and drawings of the SANTANA 525.


1.The Fleet is a territorial unit open to all eligible persons within its area. It elects its own officers, which must include a Fleet Secretary. The Fleet is self-governing in all local matters not conflicting with these Association Articles and By-laws, and has the authority to accept or reject applications for Fleet Membership.

2.Fleet Charters may be granted upon application to the Governing Board by three (3) or more owners who are members in good standing of the Association, and not within the territory of any organized Fleet.

3.Fleet Charters may be granted, suspended and reinstated by the Governing Board but may be revoked only at an Annual Meeting of the Association. Grounds for suspension and revocation of Fleet Charters are:

     a) Failure to maintain in good standing at least three (3) yachts;
     b) Failure to pay the prescribed dues to the Association;
     c) Failure to file an annual report of Fleet Members by February 15 of each calendar year;
     d) Failure to comply with the provisions of these Articles and By-laws.

4.Suspended Fleets, Member, and ineligible yachts shall be notified of such suspension and the grounds of suspension, and while such a suspension is in effect; may not participate in any event conducted in whole or in part for the SANTANA 525 Class, its Member, or its Fleets.


I.The Board of Directors shall be known as the Governing Board; and shall consist of all executive officers, the immediate past president, the district secretaries, and the other directors specified in Article VII, and shall serve for a term as specified therein.

2.For purposes of doing business, a quorum shall consist of a majority of the Board.

3.The Governing Board shall meet at such time and place as may be specified by the President or a majority of the members of the Governing Board.

4.The Governing Board shall conduct all business, determine policy of the SANTANA 525 Class Association, and shall serve as the last court of appeals in disputes involving these Articles and By-laws.

5.The Governing Board has the authority to enforce its decisions by suspension of the entire Fleet or individual member. The Board shall sanction or ban races, grant or revoke Fleet Charters, and suspend members guilty of gross violation of rules or unsportsmanlike conduct. Its rulings shall be binding and final. A three-fourths majority vote shall decide such issues.


1.The Executive Officers and Directors of the SANTANA 525 Class Association and their respective duties shall be as follows:

     (a) PRESIDENT - The President is the Chief Executive. He shall preside at meetings, serve as Chairman of the

     Governing Board, rule on procedure and jurisdiction, summarize decisions, appoint special committees, determine
     the time and place for meetings of the Governing Board, and authorize payment of bills not exceeding $50.00,
     payment of those in excess of $50.00 being approved for payment by a three fourths majority vote.

    (b) VICE President - The Vice President shall officiate in the absence of the President and is in charge of the

     ClassChampionship Regatta.

     (c) SECRETARY - The Secretary shall handle all correspondence, record the minutes of meetings, and maintain

     an accurate and current record of members, Fleets, and Fleet Officers. He shall notify the membership of special
     events, decisions affecting policy, banned races, suspended members and/or Fleets, and ineligible SANTANA
     525 sloops.

     (d) TREASURER - The Treasurer shall maintain financial records and securities of the Association. He shall

     deposit funds and disburse funds only on order of the President, with the approval of the Governing Board
     when in excess of $50.00.

     (e) CHIEF MEASURER The Chief Measurer shall be In charge of all certified measurers on the Measurement

     Committee assembled for the Class Championship Regatta. He shall grant or reject all Measurement Certificates,
     issue duplicates and answer all questions from Fleet Measurers regarding measurement rules. He shall interpret the
     rules and regulations on matters not specifically covered in the official plans and specifications. Such rulings shall be
     subject to approval of the Governing Board. The Chief Measurer shall not approve changes in construction
     specifications, sail plan,or rigging. Rulings of the Chief Measurer approved by the Board shall be included in the
     Annual Report of the Chief Measurer.

     (f) EDITOR - The Editor shall produce, print and distribute the official Class Newsletter.

    (g) DIRECTOR - The Director is in charge of membership expansion.

     (h) SCHOCK COMPANY REPRESENTATIVE - In recognition of Tom Schock’s services to the SANTANA

     525 Class, he shall hold the office of Honorary Director permanently. He may vote.

2.All officers, excluding Tom Schock, shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of the Association for a term commencing with the Annual Meeting and expiring at the conclusion of the next Annual Meeting. Each shall be nominated, seconded, and voted upon separately by the fleet delegates in the order named. Candidates shall be presented by the Chairman of the Nominating Committee, which shall be the immediate Past President.

3.An Executive Officer or Director may resign his office by sending written notice to the Board of Directors. Any such resignation shall become effective upon acceptance of the Board of Directors.

4.Any member of the Board of Directors who fails to attend three consecutive board meetings without adequate excuse to the President prior to the meeting shall be deemed to have requested resignation from the board.

5.A vacancy occurring in any elective office, except that of President shall be filled by appointment by the President with the approval of the Board for the unexpired term. In case of a vacancy in the office of President, the vice-President shall become President for the unexpired term.


1.The Association shall conduct an Annual Meeting at such time and place as may be determined by the Governing Board. The Governing Board shall set a time and place for the Annual Meeting that coincides with the time and place of the Annual Championship Regatta.

2.Special meetings of the Association may be called by the Governing Board and shall be called upon petition in writing by at least twenty-five per cent (25%) of the active Fleets of the Association to the Governing Board. The time and place of special meetings in all cases shall be fixed by the Governing Board.

3.Notice must be sent to the last recorded Secretary of each Fleet and shall be deposited into the mails not later than fifteen (15) days before the time of such meeting. The notice of a meeting shall describe the purpose of the meeting and the business to be transacted at such meeting. If the business of the meeting calls for voting by mail, arrangements for such voting shall be made according to rules established by the Governing Board.

4.Representatives of one-half of the Fleets in good standing shall constitute a quorum at meetings. If a quorum exists at Roll Call, it exists throughout the session of the meeting.

5.The Membership of each fleet shall select and instruct a delegate. If unable to send a delegate, the Fleet shall sign and deliver to the Secretary of the Association, a duly authorized proxy to present the Fleet’s views, and cast its votes at all meetings If any Fleet does not send a delegate or deliver a proxy as set forth above, the Board of Governors shall cast the votes to which such fleet is entitled.

6.Any number of alternates or proxies may be named, but the first in order present shall be the only entitled to cast the Fleet’s votes. Only those alternates or proxies’ properly certified in writing by the proper Fleet officers will be recognized.

7.Each Fleet shall be entitled to cast one vote for each SANTANA 525 Class sloop enrolled in that Fleet, which has been properly recorded with the Association by an active member In good standing. No Fleet is entitled to more than thirty-three and one third per cent (33 1/3 %) of the total number of votes cast. No more than one vote shall be allowed for any one member no matter how many SANTANA 525 Class sloops he may own. Membership books close thirty (30) days before the Annual Meeting, or as ordered by the Governing Board.

8.Members may be heard, but only accredited delegates, proxies, alternates, and unattached members shall vote on motions. All Fleet delegates or unattached members must vote on each motion unless excused by the Chairman of the Annual Meeting. A majority of votes cast shall decide all questions not otherwise stipulated, and the Chair shall cast the one deciding vote in case of a tie and may fix a time limit on speakers and debate on motions.

9.The order of business at Annual Meeting shall be:

     1.Call to Order

     2.Roll Call of Fleets
     3.Minutes of last Meeting
     4.Report of Executive Officers

     5.Report of Charters granted and revoked
     6.Ratification of Governing Board Rulings
     7.Unfinished Business
     8.New Business
     9.Election of Officers


1.These Articles and By-laws may never be suspended, but may be amended at any meeting of the Association by a fifty-one per cent (51%) majority vote of all paid members in good standing through their fleet delegates at the meeting.

2.Proposed amendments of the Articles or By-laws of the Association shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Association not later than forty-five (45) days before the date such amendments are to be considered at the Annual Meeting or at any special meeting of the Association and must be included in the notice which shall be mailed to the general membership not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting.

3.The Governing Board shall have the authority to simplify, clarify, or correct the language of any article hereof or amendment hereto so long as the intent and purpose thereof remain unchanged.

4.Proposed amendments to these Articles and By-laws shall be submitted by the Governing Board.

5.A proposed change may be initiated by a majority vote of the delegates present at the next Annual Class Meeting. The proposed change will be voted at the next Annual Class Meeting.

6.These articles and By-laws may be amended by the written consent of the majority of Members. Fleets shall give such consent only upon vote of Members at a meeting thereof or written consent of a majority of the Fleet.


1.Applications for membership in the Association shall be made through the Fleet in whose jurisdiction or territory the applicant normally sails; and if no Fleet has jurisdiction over such territory, then such application shall be directly to the Association. A Member of this Association not in the Fleet shall be known as an unattached member.

2.A member while in good standing of this Association shall be eligible to race in any sanctioned race outside of his territorial Fleet. However, he shall be required to conform to the local Fleet rules and regulations where he is racing. He shall hold his “Official Certificate of Measurement” to demonstrate ownership, official measurement, and membership in the SANTANA 525 Class Association when racing outside his Fleet or its territorial waters.

3.Any member may be expelled from the SANTANA 525 Association only by three-quarters (3/4) vote at an Annual Meeting.

4.Except for participation in a National Championship Regatta, a participant in a sanctioned event shall be allowed thirty (30) days from the time he acquired his yacht to meet all measurement and membership requirements of the Association, but shall be subject to protest and, if the boat equipment and sails do not meet the requirements of these By-laws, disqualification.

5.Members who are delinquent in either their Fleet or Association dues shall be ineligible and disqualified from racing until the dues are paid. Members who race when delinquent in their dues may be suspended.

6.When a member ceases to be a SANTANA 525 Class sloop owner, his membership shall be retained, along with his racing eligibility, until the end of the calendar period when his dues are payable again.

7.A member cannot belong to more than one Fleet at one time nor can a SANTANA 525 Class sloop be registered in more than one Fleet at one time.

8.Memberships shall be of two classes:

     (a)Regular Member - An owner of a qualified SANTANA 525 Class sloop who shall have voting privileges in the
     (b) Associate Member – Either
             (i) a part-owner of a qualified SANTANA 525 Class sloop, in addition to the one required regular member; or,
            (ii) a child of a regular or associate member 18 years of age and older.

9.There shall be only one regular member per boat, and there may be not more than three part-owner associate members per boat. Each membership shall include the members spouse and children under the age of 18. All members (Regular and Associate) and their spouses and children under the age of 18 shall be considered eligible to race as a skipper helmsman in any race including the Class Championship Regatta.

1.The annual dues of the Association shall be:
     (a) Regular Members;$10.00 per year.
     (b) Associate Members: $10.00 per year for each owner in the syndicate.

2.Fleet dues shall be prescribed by the Fleet and shall be retained by that Fleet.

3.Association dues are collected by the Fleet Secretary and forwarded by him to the Association Secretary with identification of members and related yachts on or before February 15th. of each year or in the case of New Member, within fifteen days of collection.

4.The Secretary of the Association shall issue current Membership cards and boat stickers to all boats in good standing.



Each Fleet shall conduct its Annual Meeting not later than December 31st. of each year, and shall file with the Secretary of the Association not later than fifteen days after such Annual Meeting the results of elections.


As a condition of renewal of its Fleet Charter, a Fleet shall file its Annual Report with the Secretary of the Association not later than February 15th. of each year. Failure to file such report will result in the suspension of all rights and privileges of such Fleet in the Association upon resolution by the Governing Board.


A Fleet shall file with the Secretary of the Association on or before February 15th. of each year its Annual Report showing the following:

      a) Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of Fleet Officers and addresses of Members in good standing, together
      with the identifying number of the SANTANA 525 Class sloop owned by each member.

     b)Dues collected for the Fleet and the Association in the year ending with December 31 preceding the date of the Fleet

     Annual Report.

     c)Statement of Fleet developments during the year for which the Annual Report is made.

    d)Such other data, reports, and material the Governing Board may direct be filed.


1 - SANTANA 525 Class sloops that meet all measurement requirements Of the Association shall be issued a certificate of Measurement and Registration.” Such measurement certificate shall be approved by the signatures of the Fleet Treasurer, the Chief Measurer, and the Secretary of the Association.

2.A yacht holding an official measurement certificate shall not be subject to re-measurement or protest, except where reasonable evidence is produced to show material alterations made subsequent to the granting of a measurement certificate, or upon order of a Fleet through its officers, the Governing Board or its measurer.

3.Fleet Measurers shall be appointed by Fleet Officers and shall have authority only to measure and record measurements on the Certificate of Measurement and Registration Form as provided by the Association and in accordance with instructions from the Chief Measurer of the Association. Disputes between Fleet Measurers and members concerning measurements shall be referred to the Chief Measurer of the Association who shall present such matters to the Governing Board with his recommendations.

4.A Fleet Measurer shall not measure his own yacht. Fleet Officers or their duly appointed representatives shall measure the yacht of the Fleet Measurer when necessary.

5.The Association Secretary shall be responsible for officially registering the certificates.

6.It is the policy of the Association to provide Measurement and Registration Certificates for those boats that meet the spirit of the one-design objective of this Class as well as the specific requirements specified by the By-laws. It is also the policy of the Association to avoid a strict item-by-item definition of each piece of permissible equipment. The objective in maintaining the one-design features of the SANTANA 525 is to maintain an equitable base for racing in which the skill of the skipper in maintaining, tuning, and sailing his boat Is tested, keeping in mind the additional features of the SANTANA 525 as a family cruising boat, and as a handicap racing boat.


1. A yacht shall be eligible only if:

     (a) It has been issued and bolds a currently valid “Certificate of Measurement and Registration;”
      b) It is owned by a member in good standing in the Association.


1.No mold of the Santana 525 may be produced without the express permission and approval of the W. D. SCHOCK CORPORATION.

2.Except as stated in these By-laws, changes in the design characteristics and equipment of the SANTANA 525 without prior express approval in writing by the Governing Board of the Association shall be illegal and any SANTANA 525 yacht incorporating such changes is ineligible for racing and membership in the Association

3.The following alterations and equipment will be allowed:
     (a) Any equipment that appears on the builders price list.
     (b) Backstay adjuster.
     (c) Bow pulpits, stern pulpits, lifelines, stem rails, and other hand and toe rails.
     (d) Main Cunningham­
     (e) Jib or Genoa Cunningham, which must be above deck.
     (f) Two suits of sails (i.e. main, 110% jib. 150% genoa, and two spinnakers) in the first year and one suit each
         year thereafter.
     (g) Mainsail reefing equipment.
     (h) Two jib or genoa halyards, and two spinnaker halyards.

     ( i ) Genoa reefing equipment.

     (j) Slotted jibstay system.
     (k) Main boom preventers.
     ( l ) Windows in sails.
     (m) Through-hull fittings.
     (n) Hiking sticks.
     (o) Genoa barberhaulers and spinnaker barberhaulers.

4.Hardware may be substituted for reasons of safety and convenience, if the substituted hardware provides the same function as the original hard-ware and, does not provide any additional function.

5.Additional alterations or equipment for the handling of sails, lines, sheets or normal sailing gear provided these materials or equipment in no way add to the speed potential of the sails, hull or rigging are allowed. As example: bags for halyard tails, winch handle holders, additional non-skid material on the deck or hatch.

6.The total minimum weight of non-racing equipment stored within the cabin shall be 40 lbs. The weight may be composed of accessories unused during racing but may not include consumables. Typical acceptable weights:
     Bunk cushions, head, motor and gas can (empty), tools (not winch handles) anchor not used in racing, lead, ice chest,
     first aid box.

     Typical unacceptable weights: life preservers, jackets, gas, beer, drinking water, sails, compass, anchor used during racing.

8.The original cabin floorboard may be altered for the purpose of accommodating a sling and viewports, the floorboard and bunk hatch covers must be on board.

9.The hull, keel, and rudder may not be altered in any manner, except as provided in this section:

(a)The hull, keel, and rudder may be smoothed and made fair within the following provisions; and material may be added to the hull, keel, and rudder to fill depressions provided that after any such work the rudder and keel must meet the manufacturer’s specifications

The gap between the top of the rudder and the hull and between the front edge of the rudder and the rudder post may be filled with any material, provided this material does not extend out from the profile or section of the rudder. Under no conditions may the profile of the rudder be extended in any other direction.


1.The intent of the rules is to discourage rule-beating sails. Therefore, any change which is not established practice or specifically covered by the sail plan and measurement is considered illegal until a ruling has been obtained by the Chief Measurer and Governing Board of the Association

2.Only five sails are allowed for use during a race series, one mainsail, a1i50% genoa, a ll0% jib and two spinnakers

3.The mainsail is to be marked with the approved SANTANA 525 Class Insignia: A script “S” and the block number 525. The identifying letters and figures are to be any color other then gold or silver, and shall conform to the design shown on the sail plan. The outside dimensions of the “S”, shall be 18 inches high by 20 inches wide. The racing numbers shall be 12 inches in height and placed on each side of the sail below the insignia and near the leech.

4.The color of the SANTANA 525 insignia on the National Champion’s sail shall be gold as shall the year of his victory. Upon winning the National Championship Regatta more than once, a gold chevron approximately six inches in length shall be added to the sail below the SANTANA 525 insignia.

The color of the SANTANA 525 insignia on the fleet champion’s sail shall be silver as shall the year of his victory. Upon winning the Fleet Championship Regatta more than once, a silver chevron approximately six inches in length shall be added to the sail below the SANTANA 525 insignia.

5.The Fleet Measurer shall stamp all sails on the tack of the sail with a miniature of the SANTANA 525 insignia. The Fleet Measurer shall include, within the insignia, his initial and the date the sail was measured. The Chief Measurer shall issue these stamps to all certified Fleet Measurers. In addition, all sails shall have the SANTANA 525 Royalty Tag sewn on the tack. Sails not stamped with the official stamp, dated, and signed by the Fleet Measurer, and without the Royalty Tag sewn on, shall be considered illegal, and shall disqualify the boat from racing eligibility.

6.The purchase and/or use of new sails by SANTANA 525 Class sloop owners shall be limited to one suit in any calendar year since purchase of the boat, except that one additional suit may be purchased for any yacht during its first sailing season, unless the owner already has in his possession one or more suits of sails at the time of acquiring the boat. This rule shall apply to one genoa per year, one jib per year, one main per year, and two spinnakers per year.

7.Members who are new boat owners, or owners purchasing new sails, shall be eligible to race, excluding major class championships, with sails which are not measured and stamped by the Fleet Measurer for thirty (30) days following purchase date of said sails The sails shall, however be subject to measurement, and the competitor subject to protest and disqualification should the sails appear, and prove to be outside the tolerance and spirit of these rules.

8.The spinnaker pole shall be attached to the mast at all times during use, and shall never be put to use on the same side the main boom is on.

9.MAINSAIL - There shall be four (4) battens in the leech of the mainsail, evenly spaced so as to divide the leech into five equal parts. All batten pockets shall not have more than three (3) extra thickneses of cloth.
     The upper and lower battens are restricted to a maximum length of 2’. While the intermediate pair of battens shall be
     no longer than 2’2”.

     The luff and foot of the mainsail shall not overlap any portion of the bands placed on the mast and boom. These bands

     shall conform to the following rules:

     (a) Each band shall be a minimum of 3/4 of an inch in width, and shall contrast in color with the mast and boom.

     (b) The top of the lower mast band should be 23” from the butt end of the mast

     (c) The bottom of the upper band shall be 29’ above the top of the lower band.
     (d) The boom shall be banded so that the forward edge of the band is 10’ from the inside forward edge of the mast
          mainsail luff grove.

10.HEADSAILS - The “LP” of any headsail is the length of the line perpendicular to the luff of the sail which intersects the clew, measured from the luff to clew. The “J” is the actual foretriangle base length.

     The maximum “LP” of the 150% genoa shall be 13.125’. The maximum “LP” of the 110% jib shall be 9.625’.

11.All headsails shall be tacked to the stem of the boat, and shall be flown inside the spinnaker sheet when the spinnaker is set.

12.SPINNAKER - The spinnaker shall be limited in size by a luff and a leach of  26.8’ each, maximum, and a foot and girth each of 15.75’ maximum.


1.The number of persons racing in a SANTANA 525 Class sloop shall be a minimum of two or a maximum of five.

2.Every race in a series of races must be completed with the same number of crew aboard as started in the first race of such series.

3.No boat shall be sailed with any person having the majority of their body outboard of the weather rail.

1.The Class Championship Regatta shall be conducted only with the sanction of the Governing Board, and in accordance with rules and regulations established by the Governing Board, including rules establishing qualifications for entry fees and Fleet quotas.

2.Fleet events shall be sanctioned by Fleet Officers.

3.Fleet quotas for a Class Championship Regatta shall be filled by Fleets in accordance with Fleet rules, and subject to the rules and regulations of the Association.

4.Only bonafide owners of a SANTANA 525 class sloop shall be eligible to be the helmsman in a sanctioned event.

5.The Class Championship Regatta shall be conducted during the summer months of each year at a time and place established by the Governing Board.

6.A Class Championship Regatta shall not be conducted in consecutive years at the same location.

7.The Class Championship Regatta shall consist of not less than five races, and the Governing Board shall approve the proposed courses.