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Rule Change - removing restriction on number of sales per year
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Mike PearceUser is Offline
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18 May 2015 04:59 PM
    What do you think of the proposed rule change that will remove the restriction on the number of sails you could purchase in a year.

    How will this affect you?

    How will this affect other Flying 15 sailors?

    How will this affect the existing and potential new sail suppliers?

    Discuss!

    Mike

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    20 May 2015 08:32 PM
    Won't affect me in the slightest I can barely afford new sails at all! If it was to be adopted (and there is a long process yet) those who have the cash will buy those that don't won't I guess more jibs will be bought than mains as the main lasts longer. It might mean that a new sail maker could change there sails from regatta to regatta, however I understand that these days sail design software can negate the need for hours on the water. It will mean an arms race at the front of the fleet and discourage newer members and your average club sailors from attending championship events
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    22 May 2015 06:23 PM
    I confess I'm in two minds about this suggested rule change. I can see it developing into a cheque book sailing /arms race for those who can afford it, but does the fact that some teams may buy sails more often necessarily mean they will sell off their older sails while they are still in good enough condition to be used at serious competition level?

    I suspect not. If one has enough spare cash to buy multiple sets of sails then there isn't a lot of incentive to sell off the old ones. I think it more probable that they'd be kept as a good second set for use in heavy conditions until they became the third set and then passed on...
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    25 Aug 2015 04:05 PM
    There is also an argument that suggests that it would encourage teams to try new sailmakers (they would not use up their one per year quota on a new and untried supplier). More sails in the class will surely bump the s/h market, but as Mike says, maybe only for E Bay quality rather than 1st class competition standard.

    I think it would drive down prices (because it would break the comfy status quo) as more sets were sold but conversely do we want to take the brakes off entirely. Just an idle question perhaps but would buying new sails for each regatta necessarily give you an advantage over someone who was buying a new set each year or perhaps a new set each six months? There are perhaps other changes the class could embrace that might really help broaden appeal (like smaller and lighter headsails and carbon fibre spars and GNav systems, asymmetric spinnakers and the list goes on).
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