Discuss...The IMOCA class have voted narrowly in favour of a change from a fully open design rule to a limited one-design strategy which standardises mast and keel designs on all new boats.
The changes were announced after a night and day of debating and voting by class officials, skippers and boat owners in Paris.
Reports from the meeting suggest that a move to a full one design strategy was dismissed by a large majority but the choice between remaining as an open class and going one-design for mast and keels resulted in a much closer vote – with 54 votes for and 49 votes against.
So out go wing masts, along with keels made from exotic materials like titanium.
The changes are intended to make the boats more reliable, reduce costs for competitors, make racing safer – all off which could have the knock on effect of making IMOCA events and individual campaigns more appealing to commercial sponsors....