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I have recently had a very illuminating conversation with a fleet captain of a club which has a dozen or so ffs in the boat park.
In his club, there have been few/no new members for some time. The numbers are falling gently and of course the existing members are ageing. Not too surprisingly, other club members see the ff as a boat for old buffers.
Contrast this with the situation at Datchet. By chance, eight years ago there were six ffs and most of the owners were over sixty. Only two of our current fleet were members at that time. All but one of the members who have joined since are now in their 30s, 40s or 50s. Only in fun are we now described as a gang of old men sailing an old man’s boat.
All this has nothing at all to do with the design of the boat and its sail plan.