Des and I have just spent a considerable amount of time on revising the 36 rules in an endeavour to make building and measuring easier. These are now being issued to all regions.
However, the class has grown to become a very competitive class and this has raised further thoughts,
Clause 1.1.2. of the class rules states the following:-
The intention of these class rules and the building guide is to provide for the construction of near identical design yachts, in order to promote radio controlled sailing and to place the level of competition on the skills of individual skippers.
Over the years we appear to have overlooked this clause and made various changes to the rules in favour of improving the boat performance. i.e GRP removable fins, GRP rudders, screw type kickers, goosenecks, one length masts, mast tubes etc. alternative sail material. Whilst these changes individually may make little difference to the performance but they do make setting up the boat easier for better performance. Not all owners are capable or willing make changes to existing boats. some of the more experience and highly motivated owners are at all times attempting to find ways to make the boats go faster.
We have lost track of the true intention of the rules and that is to keep all the boats of identical performance and place the onus on the skipper’s ability to win races.
I am of the opinion that is time we stopped making or allowing any further changes to the class and also maintain better control thereof.
The proposed amendments to the rules and building instructions are intended to this end