The problem with racing a silver fleet boat with a 3400 cap on sail numbers is that the majority of silver fleet boats will be not be competitive within their own fleet.If the helms are of equal ability it is reasonable to assume that a MKIX should finish in front of the Windebank’s forming the bulk of the fleet.As things are it does not make any sense for the majority of silver fleet boats to travel.In addition it is very difficult to see why a sub 3400 MKIX is silver fleet and one above is not.
The change in performance of boats through age is not going to be as significant as performance changes through improved design so it makes more sense to base the silver fleet upper sail number limit where the design took a leap forward.If you wished to avoid to many divisions the alternatives might include:
1/Revert back to the 3200 Silver limit but also include specific Windebank’s and equivalents above this sail number,much as the 2700 Classic limit works.This would put everyone back on a level playing field again.
2/Use the 3200 limit as above as a classic limit to include all the Windebank 4’s,which would allow the silver fleet limit to be set at a much higher limit than 3400,possibly at 10 years old or even newer.
Option one would be simple and remain fair to the existing classics,however option two would be much more progressive and there is always the option to have a vintage class if numbers warranted it to look after those rapid wooden boats like Bobby Salmond’s!