Is it just me?
Thought I would share my thoughts from the F15 worlds, having just returned from Morgat. Now we only did the worlds, giving another week to the pre-worlds was never a possibility. That said it still took 10 days for us. In my view simply too long. This is not a criticism of Morgat but a view on what appears to me to be somewhat archaic F15 championship rules. The intention was to run one race per day, maybe two on one occasion (7 in total), the last Friday being a spare day (of use if you have to pack a container but unnecessary to anybody else really). Now we were unlucky with the weather – too little wind and then too much so some days were lost. But my question is why do we as a class insist on one race a day, the PRO had a target time of 90 minutes with max 120mins, not much actual racing time. We ended up using the inside course every day at Morgat (why?) so the race course was circa 20mins for the beach, with a 1pm start! I believe we need to change as a class, over a week we could easily set a timetable to have 2 or even 3 races per day, starting in the morning, maybe 12 races, 2 discards? And also why in non-planning conditions do we insist on reaching? We did a few races where in the places 5-15 or so from what I could see (and maybe others) there was no place changing for both reaching legs – so boring, processional, just burning time. Windward leeward has to be the way forward in those conditions, surely? I believe we need to modernise as a class, more races, less time needed, better formats, and that’s before we start on any changes to the boat/rig (for another day….). We made a comment that the bulk of the competitive UK fleet appear to have been in the class for a significant number of years, some have done 10-15 worlds…..where is the next generation of F15 sailor coming from and what will attract them to the class and the championships? What will the class be like in 10 years time and who will still be competing? Can I urge the class to re-think and look forward. Now I won’t do the next worlds – 2 weeks or more in New Zealand in February (school term time) is just not going to work for me unfortunately (maybe for the current demographics of the class this doesn’t matter to most?) could we not have had it in Perth, Western Australia over New Year if we are going down under?
Don’t get me wrong, Morgat was good and it was fun, the club and everyone involved did a superb job and the wee town produced some great social, in my view it just could have been so much better for the time invested – weather not withstanding……
Final comment we do need to improve our PR and championship reporting, having a wrap up report at the end is all very well but surely we could manage daily reports to Y&Y or the like to keep those back home involved? It might also attract some new faces to the class, who knows?
Is it just me?