Sail Cloth – David McKee Speaks….!!

Whilst we have made little progress on the new sail plan and new material issues for years many other classes are moving on. Many have simply allowed new materials as an option without any changes to sail plan. My son sails a scorpion and when they did this a few years ago there was anxiety however now the new materials are the norm and I suspect few “old material” mains are now being made. The Scorpion is not the only class to have done this and now the Lark’s are following suit.

Should the FF’s do the same and allow modern materials as an option?


3 thoughts on “Sail Cloth – David McKee Speaks….!!

  1. The class has to review what it wants to achieve. I have seen the new rig in Australia and would leave the class if it was adopted. I have heard the arguments about getting new members but obsoleting existing rigs is the wrong way. If you want more members then go to championship venues where the class sails. Bigger turnouts at championships encourage new members.
    2 items in think are important. New modern sailcloth enhances the image while probably increasing sail life
    Secondly get rid of the one suit of sails a year. This would increase good second hand sails to go further down the fleet reducing the costs of staying competitive at club level and with older boats. The current rule is unfair and disadvantages the keener club racers. I would welcome an open discussion on this point. I can sure many reasons why this would encourage new members

    • In response to David Tabb’s comments, I am not suggesting adopting the new sail plan. I have observed a number of one design classes adopting the new sail materials as an option without changing their sail plans. At first they are sceptical but after a season or so almost unanimously they adopt the new cloth. Their boats look up to date. If it works for them could it work for us?

    • I agree with David – drop the limitation on the type of cloth but don’t change the design. We made the change from cotton at some point – Dacron will be moving the same way over time. The Solo and Squib class have made the same change – reckon we should go that way so we don’t look outdated.

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