Topic : boat weight rules

Having just read the summer mag. ,can someone explain the thinking behind the weight reduction proposed for boats helmed by over 70s? As I am now perilously close to becoming such an ancient mariner sailing a classic boat that doesnt carry that many correctors, it seems a strange idea.Is it so that us old guys can pull the boat up the slipway at the end of the day?-its a two person boat and not very heavy as it is.Or is this the thin end of the wedge in a move to reduce the weight throughout the class?-a really bad idea as it would render heavier crews even less competitive.

Posted: 21/06/2011 11:04:44
By: roger cole
There are, of course, serious Human Rights considerations here. If the change is passed then the Association is discriminating against younger people which must be infringing their human rights - the only logical solution would then be to allow everyone to take the weight out or ask the old boys to put it back in!!

Posted: 21/06/2011 11:33:20
By: PS
Surely it is Alan and William having a "giraffe"? 
Taking the weight out may well make the boat quicker but it will make them a deal more quirky to sail too.

Posted: 21/06/2011 15:11:04
By: David Child
This proposal (and it's proposer/seconder) made me laugh out loud as I read the magazine. Brilliant work!

Posted: 22/06/2011 12:26:29
By: Mags
If it goes through, then we should propose that all past national champion helms should add back 10 kilo in weight for each championship won.

Posted: 22/06/2011 12:29:48
By: Counter Proposal
Alan proposed the idea at last year's AGM and obviously it was so minuted. It made me laugh too mind when I read it, and I'm sure will be a welcome break in the middle of all the other changes. I have enough trouble keeping up with him at Shoreham, and I'm only 33....

Posted: 22/06/2011 12:50:45
By: Ross
I quite like this counter proposal - I think that would mean Alan adding 30Kg to his boat!!!

Posted: 22/06/2011 13:40:27
By: Pat Blake
I thought it was April 1st not mid - summer when I saw that proposal

Posted: 22/06/2011 14:40:18
By: Ian G
I'd like to recommend an amendment. Either a combined age rule, or an accompanying parent restriction. 

A crew with a combined age exceeding 140 years may, providing no outside assistance, remove upto 10kg of correctors.


Any helm aged over 70 years and accompanied by one (or other, if known) parent may etc.

Posted: 23/06/2011 13:01:26
By: Stud Muffin
As I have arranged to crew for Al Warren in the 2016 Nationals, I would like to second the amendent regarding: 
'a crew with a combined age exceeding 140 years may, providing no outside assistance, remove up to 10kg of correctors.'
My mother, hopefully, will be spectating!

Posted: 23/06/2011 13:38:40
By: Barry Dunning
I was always in favour of if the combined helm and crew Weight was over a set limit then you could lower the weight of the boat.
Or Have a min weight for helm and crew, and add lead or other as required.

Posted: 27/06/2011 12:33:33
By: Dave F
Nice.  We had some halfwit in the 12 class suggest that old boats should be allowed bigger sail.  No idea how you get a rater rig into you elderly somewhat fragile river boat.

Posted: 27/06/2011 13:29:22
By: N12
If this goes through with both the 70 year old helmsman AND 140 years in the boat I shall ask my good friend John Cooper if I can crew for him next year cos' we are both 1942 war babies. Also we are indeed finding it hard to drag lead up slipways.

Posted: 27/06/2011 15:01:09
By: Mike Fitzpatrick
You mean you havn't got one of these!http: sees //

Posted: 27/06/2011 16:21:21
By: Barry D


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