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Ken Thompson

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Hi all

To settle a talking point in our club.

Is the seawind eligible to sail in one metre races? If not, can you give details why.

Thanking you in anticipation


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Hi Ken,

There are several 'One Meter' classes, each with its own set of rules. If your club allows open 'Race what you bring' sailing, then you should have no problem racing.

If you are referring to the IOM class, then ask a few questions for the Seawind. (there are some more detailed questions, but these are the simplest tests).

1. Is it no longer than one meter?

2. is the front 10mm of the hull elastomeric material ?

3. Does the keel and bulb weigh not more than 2500gms?

4. Does the complete boat ready to sail weigh at least 4000 gms?

5. Do the sails measure as IOM class sails?

6. Single set of shrouds?

The answer to 1 and 3 are Yes.

But the answer to 2,4 and 5 and 6 is No.

So, out of the box, a Seawind is not compliant with the IOM class rules. You would need to modify the bow for a bumper, and add about 1000gms to the hull and/or ballast, and replace the sails, and remove the lower set of shrouds.


John Ball

IOM CAN 307 (V8)

In my private capacity

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Probably needs a new topic, but there's a good argument for a 1M umbrella class that everything fits into in the same way that the Dragonforce fits into the RG65 class.

Increasing participation and a subset of 'class' trophies for the hard-liners would be a great way of getting more people involved - especially when it's so hard to get hold of the main classes in the first place. If the newcomers could 'run what they brung', when the bug bites they would be better placed to pick up competitive class boat rather than sitting on the fringes contemplating the price of a new IOM.

RG100 anyone?

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This is all well and good.

The boat most certainly is not an IOM as John so rightly points our , but you knew that. The boat would require considerable modification in order to measure under that rule. It however will not be competitive against even the most poorly equipped IOM most of the time and it would really be a total wasted efforts and money.

But don't you think that the actual question should be:-

Do the club members want to gain the owner of the boat as a member and allow him to sail with them. It will not be long before the owner realises that he is totally out classed and will either:-

• Never be seen again

• Buy a used IOM and stop shopping on E-bay

As Chris Harris constantly says - Look at the bigger picture

The latter is surely the most preferably outcome since your club will gain a member, the MYA will gain a member and you may possibly gain a friend.

So why not welcome him?

Many clubs run a metre long class as opposed to a an IOM class and sail J Class, Soling, Laser, IOM and many other boats approximately a 100mm long on condition that all of the boats have bow bumpers of some sort. They all race together and have a great deal of fun and everybody goes home happy. Clubs really do not need MYA permission to do this and there is really no need to establish a wider class is there.


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Clubs are always free to do what they want and race as they want but it s always best to have stated aims/needs for any form of racing, the full size skippers sail most of the time at club level in handicap fleets governed by a system called the Portsmouth yardstick, quite complex but in the model field Abington Park and Lee Valley run a handicapping system which is working well within its own set parameters, just make sure everyone in your club knows what you are signing up to and most important make it enjoyable

Mike Ewart

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