Question 4

4.     Should the classic fleet have a classic rig?


Old photographs show yawls sailing with high cut clew on the jibs and straight cut leaches on the mains.  This provided competitive racing and a manageable rig.  It was less easy to be overpowered or capsize.


Should the classic fleet sail with restricted sail area measurements?  The differentiation between the two fleets would therefore be sail area not hull shape.  It would allow older sailors to continue sailing.  It would reduce the advantage that a red fleet hull may have.

Enter the debate.



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Big Debate Question 4

3 thoughts on “Big Debate Question 4

  • 31/10/2016 at 3:29 pm

    Following on from my answer to Q3; I think simplicity is the key to making the Yawl attractive to new owners – having everyone sailing together and fleeted according to their ongoing performance would help to reduce the significance of the decision about whether to buy into the Red or Blue fleet, so the older Red boats would hopefully be easier to sell and everyone could enjoy close racing, regardless of their ability or age of boat.
    The idea of a classic rig could, if really desired by enough people, become an entry fleet for boats of any age, so that newcomers (or those that choose to) can sail a more manageable boat. However, I think it’s still important to err on the side of simplicity and not come up with too many variants; otherwise newcomers will be trying to decide between age related fleets, wood or GRP, full rig or reduced rig etc and the net result will be that they end up with head-spin and buy a modern one-design dinghy instead!

  • 28/10/2016 at 3:57 pm

    As we already race on handicap I can see any major problem with allowing classic rig entries [Devon yawl rig?]with an appropriate handicap
    There is of course nothing to stop people having a rig like this already. Chris S-C has been known to race 170 under reduced rig in Armageddon conditions.

  • 28/10/2016 at 11:22 am

    This could be a Regatta fleet as Green…
    And an introduction of new ‘cruising ‘ events…
    with focus on social not racing…
    Add an outboard bracket…

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