Reply To: Vintage wing!!!
Over in Canada, we have had a bit of the same thing happening in the Fireball Fleet. On the west coast, there are a number of older (70’s and 80’s) narrow-bow boats. On the east coast, it is easier (cost and shipping wise) to bring in a newer boat from Winder, making the old boats into firewood. The North American Fireball fleet is dwindling, but the are trying to get a “Classic” fleet up and going. Any boats builf to the old narrow-bow design would be classified as a classic. This design is still a very competitive boat (in the right hands), but there are a number of sailors that feel that only the newest and best boats are the only ones to sail.
Having an old (1972) fiberglass boat, and a new (2006) homebuilt composite boat, I am in the unique situation that I can sail with both fleets.
In order for classes to be regenerated, it is advisable to set up a vintage fleet to get bums in boats. If somebody has an older boat, and knows that there is no way that they can compete with the newest and best boats, they will shy away from racing. With having a vintage fleet, these same sailors may be more willing to come out and have a chance at winning some races against some other “older” boats.
Just my thoughts.
Best of luck.