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  1. Michael, there is only one school of thought for a PG mast and that is a single hole in the front. The hole in the front still offers the same support athwartships as a hole in the each side however it does limit excessive fore and aft bend. The other thing to bear in mind that the weakest link in any alloy tube or cause of failure down the line will be due to holes in the mast tube and corrosion. The long and short being the less holes you drill in the tube the less likely there will be a failure. A single hole for the shrouds is the current status quo for the majority of
  2. SoftSail It is normally quite easy to establish if a sail is soft without having to fold it and risk "damaging the ply". However, in cases of doubt, if it is claimed that the sail is soft, a measurer should fold the ply, usually in an area of secondary reinforcement. If the measurer is unable to flatten the ply when applying pressure between forefinger and thumb or the sail suffers damage more than a crease line, then the sail is not soft.
  3. As many of you will know, i'm not an active owner of either of the classes that this discussion could possibly affect. However, with over 24 years sailmaking experience and with a decent understanding of ERS from full size classes perhaps my thoughts might give an unbiased view from someone that does not have a commercial or financial interest in any outcome. 1 Do nothing, the good news here being that whilst some might think there is a loophole, no commercial supplier has tried to exploit this loophole. This either means that Commercial suppliers have not given any such
  4. Michael, lets start with your prebend question. Could you get away with no prebend? possibly in a Zephyr, anything above that would simply not work. There would be insufficient tension on both the forestay and jib boom topping lift allowing the jib boom to rise uncontrollably, causing excessive weather helm, that won't be quick! I notice you are not a million miles from Catsails so i'd suggest that possibly the best course of action might be to contact Nigel and ask nicely if he could add prebend to a tube, when Covid restrictions allow. With regards Richards post, if you are us
  5. Hi Ian, with regards to the Bantock method that will work with Sailsetc tubes which are softer than the French PG tubes. French tubes are best bent with a mast bending tool. Sailsetc now produce a full and short kit https://www.sailsetc2.com/index.php/products-a-spotlight/mast-bending-tool.html For those that have bent masts over the years they will know it's not as straight forward as it looks. Each tube will bend slightly differently this will very much depend on whether it was extruded at the beginning, middle or the end of the extrusion cycle. Therefore you would normally weigh t
  6. Bearing in mind the very close result at the IOMICA AGM of hull materials specifically around 3D printing Graham Elliott has started a thread on the IOMICA forum which can be found here: http://www.iomclass.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1923 There is no doubt a willingness to embrace the latest technology, and the thread has been set up to look at the materials and the wording of the rules moving forwards with a rule change. If you have 3D printed a boat, have specific technical knowledge or just have an interest in the future of the IOM class, it's time to share your opinion.
  7. Full Statement from IOMICA VC Events Rob Walsh can be found, https://www.iomclass.org/blog/2020/04/29/2020-iom-european-championship-postponement/
  8. Change of ownership is undertaken by the class registrar. All registrar details can be found in the 2020 MYA yearbook pages 48-49 and in the MYA members area under officer contacts. I'm not sure about other classes but the IOM class registrar details are not listed on the GBR IOM website due to data protection of our registrar.
  9. Entry for our first ranking event of 2020 held over the 4th – 5th of April @ Datchet Water is now open. For those wishing to compete at the 2020 IOM European Championships in Italy later in the year, Datchet will be the final counting event to accrue enough ranking points to qualify. The latest ranking list can be found here All entry info including Notice of Race, online entry & up to date entry list can be found here As nearby accommodation can be costly due to the proximity to Heathrow airport it is advised to book early. Currently rates at the nearby Premier In
  10. Voting on the IOMICA AGM motions is now open. The agenda can be found here Guidance notes on the motions written by Graham Bantock can be found here The online voting form can be found here Voting will close Midnight 31/10/19. My thanks to Graham Bantock for compiling the guidance notes, Peter Stollery for additional guidance on item 7 (change to CCR’s) and the MYA DCO Austin Guerrier for creating and uploading the voting form.
  11. Entry for our final ranking events of 2019 are now open. Manor Park are pulling out all of the stops to provide a fantastic event with new ramp facilities, on site camping (on a first come first served basis see NOR) & Saturday evening class social. All details including online entry & Notice of race can be found here For those interested in competing at a European Championships in 2020 its possible that ranking 5&6 will be the last opportunity to accumulate ranking points. Please enter early to help the host club, we are expecting a large turnout so entering ea
  12. Please note entry officially closes for the IOM Nationals on July 26th. After discussion with the club, entries will be taken after this date but a late entry fee applied, taking entry cost to £60. To all that are planning to join us, please ensure that you get an entry in ASAP, not only does it help Eastbourne prepare to give us the best time at the venue, but you will also save yourself a few hard earnt pounds!!
  13. If any GBR Skippers have interest in attending the 2019 IOM Worlds please make contact with MYA international Officer Phil Holliday via the MYA Contact form here Whilst the top twenty skippers have been contacted the likelihood being places being available. Further info can be found on the event website here
  14. Entry is now open for our first two Ranking events of 2019 @ Castle Semple hosted by Levenhall Radio Yacht Club. As always expect a friendly Scottish welcome and some great racing at the Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch venue. For anyone interested in attending the 2019 IOM World Championship @ Porto Alegre, Brazil, ranking 1&2 will be the final ranking events for qualification, so still time to improve on that ranking position and make the cut. Entry has been opened a little earlier for the reason that the Bowfield Hotel is fully booked so skippers are having to find alternative accomm
  15. Ballot results from the IOMICA AGM and further info can be found https://gbriom.com/2018/12/29/iomica-2018-agm-ballot-results/
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