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  1. Steve Clark

    new stuff in the a-class

    Taken at it's face value and interpreted strictly, Rule 52 makes sailboats impossible. Everything stretches and bends and thus 'adjusts" itself under load. If the load varies, as in sailing, then the degree of bend and stretch changes independent of the manual effort of the crew. Any design...
  2. Steve Clark

    new stuff in the a-class

    Cat Newbie: I have processed everything from pre preg in autoclaves to open mold chopper gun. I have done this In North America where we have relatively strict regulations and ( in my neck of the woods at least) cold winters. I have done this in unheated sheds with dirt floors and clean rooms...
  3. Steve Clark

    new stuff in the a-class

    I don't think the situations are analogous in any way. The A Scow was a small regional development class which had become used to being a class that was manufactured by a single supplier who essentially regulated the rate of innovation. The A Cat has many more suppliers and more diversity of...
  4. Steve Clark

    new stuff in the a-class

    I deleted long rant. If foiling is faster, it is going to happen. The class needs to insure that it happens in a way that is practical. In my 20 years in the class, there has been at least one revolution between 1999 and 2004 which saw pretty much 100% of the World's fleet change change from...




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