I was just reading the blog and want to add my thoughts to your question regarding Classics and Silvers.
I own one of each and my opinion is that we are treated as the poor relation and this shows in that any reports and photographs of the Silvers and Classics are tagged on the end almost as an after thought, a token gesture if you will. It’s about time we had the same support and coverage as the open fleet ,after all we make up a large proportion of the fleet and we pay our fees the same as anyone else. It goes to show when they are wanting separate venues for competitions such as the nationals etc which is disgraceful!
To me it is all geared around the new boats and the top flight people instead of the class as a whole. We get little in return for our membership fees (a half hearted email newsletter instead of the good old printed version with some decent content) So unless you are travelling to all these events what are we actually getting in return for your money? Not everyone can travel to all these events especially with the price of fuel as it is (it would be cheaper to fill my tank with 12 year old single malt) so what is BIFFA doing for the club sailor?