Is the Int 505 class loosing it’s way again, boat figures for 2013 were very low and 2014 will only be lifted by the fact that the worlds are being held at Kiel, Germany the current heartland of International 505 activity.
While you have to accept and congratulate John Westall’s rules on keeping the boat open for innovation, has this just gone too far? The result being we now new boats costing around 30,000 Euro’s too much for most sailors who can get better “bucks” for their money elsewhere.
Pip Pearson (President of the class) has openly suggested changes to the class, that I believe simplify and increasingly complex boat, but don’t reduce the excitement or performance of the racing.
Removing adjustable shroud tracks, lifting pins, gybing centerboards and dual spinnaker poles, will remove around $2,000 of cost of any boat and most of the class boats can be adapted to this change, It will also reduce the weight.
Also, why is the class using carbon spinnaker poles and booms, when every boat carries correctors to meet the minimum weight? Just doesn’t make sense, either ban them (reducing cost more) or reduce the minimum weight by 10kg, so it makes sense to use them.
Lighter boats are faster boats (and looking at the average of the sailors) we all need lighter boats, we are not getting any younger.
So we either let the Holgar Jess price the class out of existence (this is not a dig, he has done terrific work in keeping the class going), but it’s not the long term solution.
We need a competitive fleet on the water for less than 20,000 Euro including taxes, otherwise the class will continue to struggle in this competitive market place.
Take note everyone and stop sticking your heads in the mud, Holgar you can help, stop producing complicated boats and the class make some decisions for “g*d-sake” for the good of the class.