The Rope halyard Proposal passed overwhelmingly. Normally the effective date would be March 31 2017, however, the European Governing Committee specifically asked when they submitted the proposal that it be effective Jan 1 2017. The Specifications Management Agreement make is clear that if the Governing committee that requests the vote specifies the effective date be Jan 1, that that overrides the March 31 date. This is reflected in the minutes of the 2016 European Spring Meeting.
Therefor the effective date for the rope halyard proposal is Januay 1 2017 and rope halyards are legal for the 2017 Gold Cup and North American Championships.
Eric Anderson NA IDNIYRA Commodore
Attila Pataki EU IDNIYRA Commodore
Jeff Kent Chairman IDNIYRA Technical Committee