After this season- we need to push the issue at the GMORA meeting. It is not the sacred cow that many think. It can be changed.Just want to throw some gas on the dwindling fire of rating spread in A class.
1) It's not about J 35's
2) It not about favorable or unfavorable ratings
3) Yes I like sailing in a large a class
4) I do it for fun so who really gives a shit who wins, I want to win, but here's to ya if you beat my ass -unless a Maine boat goes to Marblehead, or Keywest or something then it's all about kicking ass.
5) TOT is homo so my comments are on TOD
If a race is conducted with equal consistant wind speed and direction, our rating spread is fine, I'll race against the 105's, M24 who ever on a SC 70. The problem comes when one of two events occur.
A- the faster lower rated boats get to the wind first -assuming there in front, and open up a large lead on the fleet.
B- the wind fills in from behind and the higher rated boats close the gap on the lower rated boats who don't have the wind yet.
Yes, I realize that this is all part of the game, but if you have a rating spread that is 20 points, the above A- and B- do not influence the results all that much. The wider the spread the more these outside uncontrolable factors influence the race.
The more often the uncontroled factors influence the results the less fun it becomes. We have to go out there and race with what we've got. I think A class has alot of good sailors who are capable of winning any given race in consistant conditions.
so to end this with a question: Assuming 2007 is not the time to change the spread (which most likely means adjusting B,C,D also, it's not just an A class thing) when is the time to do it. If we had 16 boats on a reg. basis with a spread of 120 sec per mile in A class? Do we not allow boats that rate less then -X to race to preserve what has seemingly always been there? When do you shuffle the numbers?