posted on January 01, 2011
I respond to Trevor's suggestion and the interest in the new 15 rig.
I believe it would be true to say that we all have an interest not least the
sail makers, who will be stocking up, in anticipation, with the short life
There is a very interesting article in the F15 section of the Hayling Island
Web site - http://www.hisc.co.uk/locker/fifteen
The content of the article
is the research by Martin Stainsby - who in the past has had the enriching
experience of crewing for me in a GP14 - on the new sails. I make the
assumption from the content and layout, that as well as being a competent 15
sailor Martin may be into 'project management'.
My conclusions are that we still have some way to go with this initiative in
that it appears no definitive dimensions for the new sails, including the
number of battens required, has yet been reached. Also we seem to be blindly
moving forward with the concept of a new shape mainsail, to the extent that
this new mainsail shape is being evaluated in some parts of the world
together with the existing genoa. Have we tried the new genoa/jib in
conjunction with the existing mainsail?
It is my guess that a move to a new rig next July is in the balance and if
Mylar is mandatory for the new main design, this will fracture the class and
render all the hard work on vintage and silver fleets to the bin. In the
event that the new sail plan is approved and there is freedom in choice
between dacron and mylar materials, then it would probably be a couple of
seasons before the sail makers settle on their preferred cuts and designs.
Back to Trevor's suggestion I should think a sailmaker will be pleased to
strike a keen deal for 4-6 suits of Mylar sails. On a personal note I would
only buy dacron because I like to obtain a minimum 3 years use out of a suit
of sails - our current suit are actually 5 - added to which I enjoy having
an imput into the design of the sails I use.
Hume - non Dom -