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What would be the feelings out there if we did a section for Classic R6M in our competitions in the future, my idea would be for any R6M built in the classic method, that is not a moulded hull to qualify, would this be of interest to people out there

Mike Ewart

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I take it you mean wooden boats Mike. What about the oldies like mine? A Tern, definitely not a competetive boat and also oneof the earliest Renaissances which has spent most of its life pretending to be an A. I wouldnt mind sailing a 6 again just on the grounds of its weight. But yes, as a principle, get the older boats afloat again and give them something to race for.

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Hi Val I was I admit thinking along the lines of non moulded boats but I am totally open to suggestions from you all lets put a design date a method of construction or a material of construction either or all, I just want to encourage you to get your boat on the water and race it

Mike Ewart

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I think there is a very good case for wooden boats to have a separate trophy at the Nationals. I think this could be justified more on the grounds that it is so difficult to build a wooden boat even to a modern design that can consistently compete with a carbon hull. The problem is that even a planked boat might make use of moulded components i.e. fin / rudder / radio tray - see the problem! I am currently looking to build a 'Romanza' in wood to replace my 20+ year old 'Petrel', with moulded components, would this qualify in a separate category? The answer might be to have a 'classic' division where the boats have to be totally timber construction and over a certain age. This would of course mean an equally old moulded design i.e. 'Renaissance' would not qualify. Another difficulty would be that it would do nothing to encourage new wooden builds, something I am keen to encourage. I know this posting has raised more questions than answers!

Alan Bright, Broads RYC

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Hi Alan et al

it really can get complicated if we try I was just thinking of the basic hull moulded appendages would be acceptable and age would be immaterial as the Classic part of it is the fact it is made in wood either planked or chined to hopefully encorouge the real boat builders/designers to produce a boat or to get one out of the attic, and in fact in a moment of madness I might even put up a perpetual trophy for the classic boat at the nationals if there is an interest.

Mike Ewart

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There used to be a trophy for Classic A' boats calledthe Endeavour trophy. The definition of classic was that that the boat had a classic 'built down' keel and not a fin and bulb so My Tern would be a Modern and a Dolphin would be a classic. Hows that for starters?

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Hi Val

could be but I feel that would take so many boats out of contention that it wouldnt be worth doing, a lot of the older boats have fins and bulbs, look at the Dan series and as you say the Tern, lets see if we get any more feedback on this and possibly a show of hands as what possible classics are out there, I am still tending towards a wooden hull to also encourage new wooden builds as in the Footy class they have a non moulded hull trophy

Mike Ewart

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