Many people, including myself, sail a National Twelve, because:
it is a development class. We have a set of rules around which
we can produce something a bit different. It seems a great shame
to me, and to many others, that ideas which bend these rules
without breaking them should be outlawed.
I was extremely disappointed in the decision to ban daggerboards.
I believe it was narrow-minded, to say the least, especially
as the rules did not forbid it. To pass a rule banning a development
is contrary, to the spirit of any development class. I would
be disgusted to see any more retrograde steps taken. On the daggerboard
issue, all the publicity available on the subject was somewhat
biased against them (read the items in the last Newsletter if
you do not believe me) and was calculated to influence the gullible.
Interesting points such as Dave Peacock's overweight boat being
reduced by around 30 lbs. were laughed aside! Complaints by owners
of old boats about the weight reduction could have been negated
with a bit more forethought. The whole business was hurriedly
So what next ? No doubt progressive thinkers will come up with
something new which will raise comment. So what will we do ?
No doubt, clamp down on the rules, till we have a Scooter /Cheshire
Cat /Pipedream/ Bouncer one-design.
I suggest not. I think we should be broad-minded and consider
any such innovations as a Godsend. For instance, I believe we
should really consider the rules. What do we need ? Length, rise-of-floor,
sail area and that's about it. Double curvature, bilge keels,
fore-triangle height, keel rules, double-skin rules, battens,
mast rotation, weight, all should be reconsidered. If David East
wishes to drop his transom into the boat we should let him. If
anyone wants a double-skinned boat, good for them. I shall not
have one yet !
We should all look at what we want from the Class. We are sailing
in a development class and as such should be prepared to accept
and even welcome major changes, If not, we are not sailing in
the right class.