wondering about your thoughts on the emphasis of Pros on the J/70 Class ?
Seems that most of the boats have Pros onboard. KWRW seems to have only 8-9 civilian boats out of 38 boats sailing. That suggests 3/4 of the class have Pros.
A expensive boat plus Pro sailing on board - is that good for sailing ?
6924....ALL pros suck (except me...lol)
Seriously, pros are fine as long as they NEVER get paid to be aboard. We have loads of pros sailing the Viper class and yes, some probably get paid. The ethical ones won't take money as they know it's against the rulz.
The J70 will have to be VERY careful to not go the same way as the M24 and M20. The cost of racing both of those classes is stupid...at least if you want to win. The organizer of the M24 worlds here in the Bay is working hard to keep the corinthian spirit going in the class. Frankly, I'd love to race the worlds but that damn boat kills me. I'm 6'3" and hiking that thing requires me to adjust my spleen for 3 weeks after a regatta. Only fun place on a M24 for a 56 yo tall guy is back of the bus, a position I can ill afford. That's why I sail Vipers. I can afford them and all the crew spots share the same hiking strap...nice and cozy abdominizer :-)))
GnD- let me keep you honest here. I love the melges 24, but Any used boat is going to be cheaper than a new j70. It's hard to understand your grammar, but if I am reading the last line you wrote correctly, there is no way you can buy two melges 24s and come out ahead of one j70 on price! I do love the attempt tho to get people interested. LOL Melges 24 hands down are awesome boats.
There are two melges 24 for sale in the PNW right now for 25 to 30k. So Please get your facts inline. You can buy two dialed in used Melges 24 for the price of 1 J-70. So take that to your book of misquoted facts. If you would like the name and numbers of the boat owners please PM me. Take care,
GND....if there's any boats with old sails, crappy trailers but in good shape, let me know. We are still looking at the M24 for a sailing school boat. Frankly, I love the way the boat sails and the build quality. Has a LOT going for it and the price is quite good (but I still need to buy the ones without the inventory because we're building dinky sails for the Bay)
There is also a new Viper 640 on its way to KYC with a brief stop in California. Should be at the club in early April. I'd be happy to arrange a sail when it gets here.
That boat just arrived in SF yesterday on our new composite double (kit turns two trailers into a double) Gorgeous build. Hoorah to the boys in Peabody!