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    Posted: 15 Aug 2011 at 9:23am
If there are any comments or questions about the new sail specifications then please feel free to ask them by responding to this post.  Richard (class captain), Robin (Vice-captain) or myself (Measurer) and more than happy to answer any questions about the new rule and doing so on the association forum will hopefully make our responses available to all.
 
Please remember that we all have day-jobs so the response may not be immediate.
 
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First of all a point of clarification - The new sail specification is "legal" now, it is possible to race under the existing sail plan or the new sail plan but not mix the two. 
 
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George,
Could you please clarify for me a few points in the new sail plan description? Are we saying that the plan only includes the new No 1 and a No 4 (heavy weather jib). The plan says under the No 2 and No 3 headings  'Not Required'. Does this mean 'Not Allowed' or can we still carry them? Although only a No 4 spec is given, the following notes refer to a No 3.
 
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Hello Eldred,
First of all, well done on the Fastnet race, I was following the trackers of the three CO32s taking part.
 
With regard to the new rules the only sails that must be carried are No 1 and No 4 (heavy weather jib), the other sails are optional.
 
If boats have a No3 they can be used or you can roll up the furling genoa as required for the conditions.  Likewise you could carry a No 2 but there would be little point as it would be the same size as a the new No1.
 
You are not the only person to ask this question so it may be that we need to adjust the wording to make this clear.  It may be that before ratificatyion at the next AGM Note 6 is adjusted to to read....
 

6. The No.3 Jib, if carried, should be constructed from woven polyester of a minimum weight of 7.5oz.(US) and be of a maximum area of 23sq,m

I hope this answers your question.

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Thanks George,
Even though you say that carrying a No 2 would be pointless, the size and materiell should probably be defined too under this sail plan.
By the way, I take no responsibility for the Fastnet result. It was purely my nephew, Mark, and his French pseudo brother-in-law who were to blame but they did do pretty well. I stick to my principle of racing Cat 5 races only (that is never go more than 3 hours from the Pier View).
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