I have finally been able to finish listening to the meeting. Obviously it is a tall order to keep the class alive when it is not the focus of the sailing 'world' as the boat once was, like your comparison to the Farr 40's. DId you send out any releases to the media? SA and Sail-World will post a regatta report if it is sent to them, SA has posted stuff I have sent-in. Most want/need good content to fill their spaces. It's free exposure.
I agree making the boat more 'sailable' in todays regatta's is important enough to update the class rules but not get away from a one design baseline. Other than the two main areas we are all sailing our boat in PHRF or other handicap events. Round the cans or point-to-point it is hard to eke out a win when it favors the assyms. The other J35 in our area has an assym, we have borrowed it a couple of times, and the range is narrow for that sail. It is quite old now so a current design might have a wider range of effectiveness than this one does. The prop issue - if it's not an advantage then allow an option for an alternate prop. Martec just rebuilt one for the boat that was on their shelf, since the one we sent was too far gone. The same may have to be done for the mast - get a relatively 'equal' section and assembly. Reality needs to be dealt with but ensure that no boat is taking advantage of the allowances. Tough to police but what is the option? The boats are old, the parts becoming obsolete or out of production, and so much has to be done to keep them sailing that many are probably not 'class' legal out of necessity, not intent.
At one time we had 4 35's locally. The closest to one design racing we had was a NOOD regatta where we had a 109 and a Tripp 33 to fill the fleet.(I posted a pic of 3-35's and the 109 way back) One boat sold and the other has been inactive due to family health issues the last few years. Sad t see her sit as she was very competitive. Due to the housing crash in '09 I am no longer a partner in the 35 but still sail on the boat. As noted at the level we are at shipping the boat 1,000 miles is just not an option. A charter might work but I am not sure how comfortable that would be. Sponsorship? I do not know how that would work if possible, and is that allowed in the class? A lot of boats these days look like a racecar anyore with all the logos placed on the sails and hulls. Not sure I like that option, but with a blue hull and hull #48 maybe Lowes would be interested.......
On the class sail thing: it is an interesting idea, but what sails would be in the rotation? Down here a #3 will last forever until it dies from non-use. #1's go first, followed by mains and spins. A #2, almost worthless since the boat will carry an AP1 a long ways up in breeze. Maybe do not include sail bags, turtles, numbers and logos, etc? Maybe work-it with the 'brand' sailmaker but run the sale through the local loft? Keeps the local guy in the loop and with the numbering, bags, etc. he gets to make some profit on the accessories, as his cut of a sail purchase may not be much anyhow. I would guess a discount rate of 10-15%, 30 seems a little far out there, but you never know.
Anyway I plan to send my $25 and look forward to staying in-touch with the class. It is a great boat to sail and I would sail it anywhere. Thank you for your efforts.