Rather than continuing to dilute the Worlds thread, I thought it might be useful to move the discussion. This is how I see it to date.
Despite a majority of the class wanting to change the rules about foils, the vote fell short of the requisite 2/3rds majority for the proposals to move forward. Some seem to be fine with the status quo, while others, including me, feel that the class has boxed itself into a rather nasty corner and that there is a real problem with where we are.
I personally believe the problem we have was caused by the fact that when countries decided how they were going to vote, nobody had a clue as to what was really going on with foiling. First, nobody had seen the extended foiling that has been observed at this Worlds. Second, nobody had seen the hobby horsing behaviour we have seen exhibited by all the leading boats on foils. Finally, nobody realised what the "Landy Solution" would look like. I believe if we had known that, we would have seen different results and also different proposals. Why? Because at the time of voting, people were holding onto a false assumption, sold to the class by the technical committee when the foil rules were introduced. I am not in any way suggesting that we were deliberately told things that were incorrect, but the vote was passed on the basis of the following comment.
That quote, from a member of the tec committee is the reason the rules were passed in the first place. If people had known then that it would not prevent foilers, the rule would never have been passed. Worse, if people had known it was going to lead to boats that leap out of the water and need superstar qualities to sail properly, again, I don't see the rules would have been passed.
I believe that the rule of 1.5m and state of knowledge of foils makes it unlikely for a fully foiling boat to win races, a fluke to win a regatta
So we have seen 2 votes made without the voters having the full facts. Just because we have voted once, doesn't mean we shouldn't vote again, with decent proposals and a better understanding of our situation. Unlike with governments, we don't have to wait to correct a bad vote.
For me, the most relevant comments to our current situation were made by in the report on the foil rules it stated
The spirit of the A Class has been to develop. This freedom of development is what has made the boats so great. We have to maintain this 'spirit of the class' so that in 20 years time the A Class is still the greatest multihull class in the world. Our future relies on staying at the leading edge of technology. If we fall behind the class slowly fade away, while other classes move forward and prosper
That is what people believed they were voting for, but our rules now mean we are no longer anywhere near the leading edge, and, more importantly, we now have boats that have very undesirable characteristics.
Some say, through blind faith and zero evidence, that we should wait and see, hoping that somebody will come up with a solution to stable flight, despite the fact that there is no current solution that fits our rules. I do not believe that we can leave this to chance but that we need to ensure that the A's have good sailing characteristics and are at the leading edge of development. With the right rules, we could have foiling A's that are a pleasure to sail and which don't break the bank (with the wrong rules, we can foil and break the bank!!). On the other hand, if the class doesn't want foiling, which is now a reality, the rules need to be tightened. The worst thing we can do is nothing. I believe it will kill the class.
To date, I haven't heard one argument in favour of leaving the rules where they are, other than because of the recent vote, a vote that received a majority despite the lack of information and the poor quality of the proposals. I haven't heard one person say that they think that the out of control, leaping out of the water foilers that we seen on the videos is what we want for the class. Some might say let's "wait and see", but if somebody does come up with some idea nobody has thought of before, it will almost certainly be something compromised because of the limitations of our rules. Moreover, how long do we wait before acting.
Act now and we can put in place rules that will allow the A to become the best foiler around. Yes, I do mean the best because if we get it right, it will be almost as fast (maybe even faster) than a moth and a lot easier to sail. It will put the A's back on top of the sailing world. A friend from an AC team said to me this week that his team will keep being interested in A's so long as they maintain their relevance. I believe the same applies for most others. I believe the time is right to act and ensure the A's remain the best multihull fleet .