Posted 11 December 2005 - 01:06 AM
"Keeping the class breaks where they are might be great for keeping numbers and competition up in class A, but keep in mind it's happening at the expense of other classes, particularly class B. And while some of the A racers might enjoy sailing against Whipper and the other J/35s, there are others (we all know who they are) who don't want the J/35s to race in class A and who were pissed that they were moved into that class this past season."
I understand that some people don't want the 35's in the class but this isn't the first time they were put in class A. About 5 years ago, the 35's were in class A and there didn't seem to be a whole lot of complaining. Now that the 35's are racing competitively in Class A, people are making a fuss. I don't think that having the 35's in A class is costing racing in other classes. The 35's were moved to class A this past year because there was noone else in class B but the 35's. If there are enough other boats that rate between 72 and around 130, the race committee creates a class B (ie PHRF Maine champs 2005). The 35's aren't abandoning another class, they were forced into another class because there aren't enough boats racing GMORA with traditional GMORA Class B phrf ratings. two years ago we raced laurentide......laurentide.....and laurentide. Now, laurentide is not racing. There aren't enough 35's for a one design class.
Honestly, I think focusing on the idea that the 35's have an unfair advantage in Class A is simply a way of ignoring how your own boat could go faster. We didn't always go fast. 3, 4 years ago, we sucked. We couldn't beat any of the other 35's in class B and beating the old Kaos, which had a higher rating, usually was out of the question. Instead of pointing fingers at other boats ratings (though tempting at times) we bought new sails, had a bunch of bottom work done, but most importantly changed the way the boat was sailed. Instead of one person trying to do everything, the tasks were split up and everyone could give imput on tactical decisions. It's time that certain sailors stop bitching about 35 ratings and pay more attention to their own boat. The more you do it, the more its gonna suck for you.
That said, I understand that in light wind conditions, the 35's do very well for their ratings. But that's PHRF. In heavy breeze and high seas, the 35's get their asses whooped. PHRF Ratings can't be perfect for every wind and seas conditions. This past summer was light and flat, which was good for the 35's.
I'm sorry if many class A sailors don't want us in class A buuuuuuuuut, too bad. Unless there are more boats within the class B rating, I think the 35's should stay where they are.
"IOW, class B needs a rating break change more than A needs for it not to be done (if that makes any sense)." -Maybe, but not if that means creating a B class point spread that is larger than the one already in place in A class.
I certainly have a bias but if anyone comes up with other ways to revive class B other than just saying the 35's should get out of A, I'm all ears.