As a follow up to the rudder article it seems that the rudder post sloping forward became fashion as a result of John Calvert-Jones’s visit from Australia in 1973 when he won the UK championships in a boat called Flight 3. At the time he sailed with Davey’s Bay Yacht Club near Melbourne. His success in winning the championships was to set the trend that lead to today’s configuration.
John Calvert-Jones though heavily involved in Australian sailing was in fact born in Aldershot, Hants in 1937 and is an accomplished sailor having won the Fastnet race. He married into the Murdoch family becoming Ruprt Murdochs brother in Law in 1962.
Attached is the extract from the Flying Fifteen Register