Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The spirit of innovation

We are enjoying now the pleasure and thrill of an flying A-class. Another step for this great class.
When I started to sail A-class in 1984 my first boat was 120 kgs, had an aluminium mast and straight daggerboards 30 cm wide. Construction was polyester, glass foam gelcoat and the boat became soft after 2 years of sailing. Many later innovations caused concerns and objections too. People have tried to ban carbon masts, curved foils and foiling boats. Fortunately for us, sailing enthousiasts, the conservatives did not win. It is due to all innovations that the A-class is an state of the arts class fifty years after its founding.
Flying boats is a big step for the class but easily to absorb as boats can be retrofitted. Yes this comes at a price, but one should realize that for 10% of the prize of a new boat you can turn your boat into one of the next generation. The innovations attract new people to the class and demand for second hand boats is high even for boats two generations back (straight boards).
Boats have become easier to sail, are faster, more fun and more durable. The race results show that is is still a sailors class as we see always the best sailors on top and not the engineers and the inventors.
Being a development class is the source of our success and let us respect the spirit of both the class and innovation.
CU you all in Barcelona.

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