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Do we need to fine tune RL24 and class rules to help the class grow ????????
With the RL24 Nationals at Southport coming up in 3 months time. I was thinking it is time to start to have a look at our class and as a class see what if any changes we may like to try or think the RL24 needs to help the class grow.

Most classes look at there class rules regularly and fine tune then to suit what the sailors in the class want. If we can come up with any ideas that we think will help the class grow and get more boats back on the water then we can bring then up at the class AGM at the nationals. The reason that I'm doing this now is that if we as a class feel that we would like to change anything in the class rules then we need to have it in writing to the class President 1 month before the nationals so it can be talked at and voted on at the class AGM.

I would also like to say if you feel passionate about anything that you think needs to be changed in the class rules then you need to join the class and be a financial member so you can vote at the AGM. It's only $30 to join the class. Other than that it's open to most ideas.

A example of what I mean is - The 505 dinghy class changed the spinnaker size and pole length on there boats to keep then up to speed with other classes as well as to keep the sailors happy. This in turn has kept the fleet sailing as a class and helped them grow.

So it's open to you to come up with any ideas and let's see what other people think we could try on our boats to help the class grow.

Rules. - If you put a idea forward tell us the following

What you think we need to change.

Why you think we need to make the change

How and it will help the class grow

What benefit it has to the class.

Dave Pullin

David Pullin 20-Oct-2010    Edit    Delete 
Re: Do we need to fine tune RL24 and class rules to help the class grow ????????
I would like to see the

spinnaker size increased to 25 - 30 m/sq and longer pole

up wind sail area increased to 22 - 25 m/sq

So offend I here heard RL24 sailors say "this is not RL weather" this is because we all know that we have a small sail area on the boats so in light wind 10 knots or less the RL24 have trouble, in stronger wind we take off.

At Southport we have had a local rule in our fleet that to help bring the boats back into class and keep the racing closer to sail with 22 m/sq up wind and to use a Blazer 23 spinnaker (around 27.5 m/sq ) down wind.

This has meant that the boats are now racing much closer and our fleet is growing. It has also meant that we can sail longer races as the boats are faster now as well. The reason the pole length needs changing is it helps set the spinnaker a bit better

I feel that these changes would make the boat a better overall boat and still be manageable to sail in stronger winds as well. It would also add to the challenge to setting up your boat for a race as the increased upwind area could be made to be in the head-sail and so make when to change up or down a factor in your racing as well.


David Pullin 20-Oct-2010    Edit    Delete 

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