Inclusiveness By Design:
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
I see how our sport changes, with new ideas that seek to improve sailing so often increasing the cost and complexity too. And once we all have spent the money for the same gear, are we better off, or have we just lost the people who sought not to continue the climb?
You had to have witnessed the early days of windsurfing to see the outcome of such a process. What began as a new idea that lent itself well to lakes, bays, and oceans, soon was transformed into an extreme sport best expressed in high winds and waves. The changes best served the advanced sailors to the demise of a much larger sector.
Kiteboarding could be on a similar p…
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Beware of the Hot Tub Time Machine:
The concept of one design racing is about minimizing the variables so competition is a pure test of skill. Each class determines the degree at which they want to level the playing field, with one of the speed factors being crew weight
Some classes don’t have a weight limit and prefer to allow the boat and venue wind conditions determine what is needed. This is the simplest approach but opens the door for teams to change crew for the conditions. This can be disruptive to those teams that like sailing with certain people, thus impacting participation at venues with extreme conditions.
To keep teams sailing with the same people regardless of venue, class rules come up with a re…
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