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  1. Rawhide

    new stuff in the a-class

    Seriously how can the possibility of foiling be killing the class, do you think the results would be any different if Glenn or the other pro's were sailing with C foils? if an amateur can still get top five or so on a standard DNA or Exploder, do you really think you can do any better than this...
  2. Rawhide

    new stuff in the a-class

    Some great shots on FB by Dario. After so many years on conformity it is refreshing to so many divergant designs.Having lived through the last couple of major design evolutions without major cost implications I don't have concern for the classes future. What a lot of observers fail to...
  3. Rawhide

    new stuff in the a-class

    I fully agree with your suggestion, I have thought for a while that the best solution would be for a unrestricted demonstration division to be allowed in regattas where builders can show off their projects and the fleet gets to evaluate the performance/cost/ease of use issues out in the open and...
  4. Rawhide

    new stuff in the a-class

    Doug the loads in the foil area are not great, but the loads are mostly torsional so breaking the integrity of the hull shell with a side loading cassette is structurally problematic. this is nothing that can't be fixed with extra carbon and extra cost. But most A's struggle to get below minimum...
  5. Rawhide

    new stuff in the a-class

    Simon I think you are correct in that a tightening of the rules to prevent circumvention of the current intention is the best way to ensure the ongoing strength of the class. the strength of the A fleet has always been the ability to retain older sailors. Throwing this away in the hope of...
  6. Rawhide

    new stuff in the a-class

    That is adding a whole lot of interpretation which is not in the natural meaning of inserted from the top. the technical committee are not a law unto themselves and can not just make up any interpretation that they like. From the top simply means from the top, it does not mean that it must be...
  7. Rawhide

    new stuff in the a-class

    The question was whether you got the benefit of the purchase at all with the cleat on the traveler, not about the small change in angle when you step forward. Why not beat it to death? There is realy nothing new in A's to discuss until we see some race results. My prediction none of the new...
  8. Rawhide

    new stuff in the a-class

    CN you get the benefit of the 2:1 as soon as you run the rope through the pulley and have two ropes each with half the force in them to balance the load attached to the pulley, you still get this even if you pull vertically, it is a simple force balance equation.
  9. Rawhide

    new stuff in the a-class

    you get 2:1 by having a moving pulley whether cleat on traveler or on fixed on beam, how do you think moving the position of the cleat changes this?
  10. Rawhide

    new stuff in the a-class

    I tend to agree, if as seems inevitable A's will need to be foil to be competitive, then the current rules only increase complexity and cost and may lower performance. To date efforts have centered on adding foils to existing A designs. Ultimately though and perhaps this might lead to a...




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