Dunno wrote:Wait, let me gets this straight. A heap of boats were built to 'proposed' rules. There was 100% support from those that made the effort to go the worlds. Now, there is a chance that the rules wont be accepted
Oh completely, but we all knew the risk.
I've spent quite a lot of money getting my Nethercott down well below the current rule minimum weight, and it will be frustrating if I have to bolt some big heavy lumps of wood to my carriage to make the 73kg before correctors limit. People with real DCs don't even have that option. On reflection we should have put a lot more effort into communicating with the Germans and Swedes: we've been guilty of being excessively english language centric.
But think of the alternative. It would be completely and utterly wrong if a bunch of folk could say that just because we've built boats you've got to change the rules: we don't care what you think... I'm trying to think of the worrd, not blackmail but close... It was pretty disgraceful that the Tornado class got railroaded by ISAF to change their rules to include two strings and kites when it didn't have worldwide class support.
These ballots are deliberately conservative, needing a lot of support to pass, far more than a plain majority. This is quite right - I've seen a class get into the state where they change rules so often that scarcely 10% of the fleet is up to current specification, and the rest are in various states of less or more competent conversion towards that point from anything up to three rule revisions previously... Its not really a fleet to race in! Ask why Andy Paterson and I are in the Canoe fleet at all... In this case I firmly believe that the class has a problem and the DC looks like being a solution to the problem, but if I and other enthusiasts have failed to convince an adequate majority that's down to us, not them. I would expect that the folk who travel to a worlds, especially AUS, which is a long way for an average sailor, would be unrepresentative of the fleet at large.
If it doesn't go through I'll probably pick up one of the existing DCs for club racing rather than build a new one. I know my club won't mind me racing a boat without an official class association - I've done it before, and a light boat will be more fun for club handicap sailing full stop.