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|The AGM will be held on Wednesday prior to the theatre trip. It will kick off at 5.30pm sharp in the PZ sailing club. We will be discussing some rule changes, so here is some info on that now to save time and get the juices flowing. Comments welcome:
LCOA AGM 2014 Rule Change Proposals
1. Racing Weight
Not many people know that the Lark, which is 47 years old this year was originally designed to race at 90kgs and not the current 95kgs. The historical reasons for this in a nutshell is in times of old and during developments in composite materials Parker boats could not physically produce a boat light enough to race at 90kgs so the class were left with no choice but to increase the racing weight to 95kgs.
Fast forward to 2014. We are now into a completely opposite situation. Composite materials and building techniques are far more advanced. Ovington Boats now have the problem of trying to build the boats heavy enough! We can all remove some lead and enjoy the Lark at the weight it was intended.
A class change in racing weight was good enough back then and should be good enough now. There is now no reason at all that a Lark should be restricted to race at 95kgs when it is not meant to and a move to reducing the racing weight back to what Mike Jackson designed the boat to in 1977 must happen.
This is a natural development for the Lark Class in line with modern day dinghy racing along with the highly successful class move to using Laminate Sails in 2013.
Lets continue together too bring the Lark into the 21st Century.
Change Rule 6.1.a
The weight of the boat, with spars, sails, rudder, tiller, sheets and all other loose gear removed, but with control lines, centreboard and its tackle, and any necessary correctors in place, shall not be less than 95kg. When weighing, the boat including all control lines and the interior of the tanks must be dry.
The weight of the boat, with spars, sails, rudder, tiller, sheets and all other loose gear removed, but with control lines, centreboard and its tackle, and any necessary correctors in place, shall not be less than 90kg. When weighing, the boat including all control lines and the interior of the tanks must be dry
2. Jib Head Rule
For the past 5 years one for the biggest grey areas in the class has been the Jib head rule. People have been racing with the ‘fat head’ jibs. The rule can be interpreted in a number of ways thus making it a very grey area. The jib heads have been getting bigger and bigger and now smaller and smaller! The class has not seen any large performance difference with the sails. The boats racing with the ‘fat head jibs’ are not racing away into the distance away from the ones who don’t have them. The class sailmakers have been making the ‘fat head’ jib as standard for 5 years. There has been no proven performance difference and no one who has been racing with them has ever been protested by someone without a ‘fat head’ jib.
This is now something that now needs putting to bed once and for all. The options are to leave the rule how it is and accept it, or remove the jib head rule altogether. A third option is to re-write the class rules to the ISAF standard. In the Winter of 2013 the class set up a technical sub committee who deemed a re-write of the class rules to ISAF standard at this stage is a massive project and one the class should not undertake without expert input from ISAF or RYA. This is something the class is looking into for the future.
Remove Rule 10.C.vi
The width of the head, measured at right angles to the luff at the head, shall not exceed 35mm.
|Author: James Ward