posted on April 17, 2013
As I had a hand in the original setting of the classic and silver sections I thought it useful to recap the original philosophy.
The intention was to enable boats the wrong side of the 2 quantum leaps in development the class has experienced to be able to sail on a more level playing field than they could otherwise. The development classes have often had this but few one design classes have had to as there haven't been these significant hull developments that we have seen. The discussion at the time concluded that the introduction of the windebank4 and the later introduction of the windebank9 were the true mould breaking developments. the levels were therefore set at 2700 and 3200 to reflect this. It was never intended to just compensate for boats that get older. The move to 3400 in my mind had no real basis and was I think mainly introduced at a time we thought silver fleet racing might pick up and there were insufficient silver numbers. I think we should either stick with what we have or revert to 3200 as there is a logic to this. We should not try to compensate purely for age, where do you start and where do you finish?