Hi, here is the report from B. Mallaret who attended the presentation:
Debriefing of the Jauge 9.50 presentation at the Yacht Club de la Grande Motte (20/01/2007)
To start with, JM Vidal explained the reasons that lead to the creation of this new rule:
On one side the 6.50s: - are extreme by their dimensions
- are not suitable enough for cruising
- getting able to race the transat has become more and more difficult due to the number of entrants
On the other side, the Class 40 that could be an alternative require too much financial
investment for many people.
Rapidly, two types of potential owners/skippers emerge:
Sailors coming from the mini 6.50s, who want bigger boats.
Sailors coming from monotype series, who want simple boats with some design liberty.
Next, the several possible features of the rule have been exposed, notably:
- Design Category: It seems that the management of offshore races is far easier if the yachts comply with the design category
A. The choice of the Class A or B might affect some of the design parameters, such as the minimum rule displacement. (rule
light displacement being 2600 kg for now)
- Bowsprit: the question is, how many axis of freedom should be allowed?
Non-surprisingly, mini sailors argued in favour of a rotating sprit whereas the others were more favourable to a simple single
forward/aft running sprit.
Other main features were highlighted but they were not much discussed as most of the people present agreed (with the rule and together)
Then the question of the policy of the class has been raised:
- What kind of essential decisions shall the Class take so that the wish to create simple and affordable high performance yachts becomes a reality?
To give some possible answers, Bernard Mallaret suggested that the rule could create some prototype yachts on which some of the elements are monotype and produced industrially so as to bring significant cost savings.
Example: the rule could impose (some of) the following elements
- Carbon Mast profile(tube only)
- Carbon Bowsprit (sprit only)
- Rudders (blades and stocks)
- Keel foils and lead bulbs
As most of the people reacted against the latter suggestion, a compromise was advanced: the rule could impose a carbon made core beam of the keel, on which the designers could fit a profiled shaping of their own.
(Please note that these are only suggestions and no decision has been taken yet)
To finish with, and talking about the costs of these yachts, a target has still not been fixed although this is very probably the decisive element that can yield the success of that rule/these yachts and on which a preliminary agreement should start.
(Translated from French by C. Bertrand)