You might have missed it in the comments section, but this came in from Paul yesterday…
I totally agree with the principal of not fragmenting the fleet. Single starts have to be the way to go, to maintain numbers, improve overall competitiveness and allow progression to top level racing.
In my experience if you put a good sailor in a well set up classic of almost any design they will still finish ahead of a poor sailor using modern equipment. Simply put the speed differential between sailors in most clubs is greater than the speed differential between different vintage boats.
Award separate prizes by all means but let us classic sailors have the opportunity of main fleet racing and the satisfaction of beating boats costing ten times what we paid for ours! You never know we may then be tempted to buy a newer boat!