Reply To: Olympic Classes and the OK Dinghy
Also rather than just fastest I thought in days gone by onlympic classes used to be chosen because they actually required some work to get the best out of them… Finn (a serious physical challenge), Soling (still in my mind one of the best 3 man racing keelboats and with all the adjustment available on the rig required knowledge and experience to go fast – would easily show the difference between a crew that was the perfect spot on weight and one with better knowledge and teamwork). I got refused a Scottish Squad 470 because in the coaches words – I was too heavy to be a 470 helm (weighed 10.5 stone at the time. In the end the boat went to a guy who was a crew (I took him out a few times in his 470) he had very little sailing knowledge, little racing knowledge and really didn’t have a clue what he was doing in a boat (was even pretty useless on a trapeze) He was perfect height and weight for the 470 crew though… Gotta wonder about things like that though because I could easily have lost weight but that guy was gonna take 10 years to get up to anywhere even near Nationals levels never mind fighting for a UK team place.
I agree Olympic boats should be picked from current established classes. Wouldn’t say the most popular but a criteria for each class then pick from a list of classes popular in that area of the world but also with a presence worldwide (this would hopefully mean changes in the class from Olympics to Olympics to give publicity to different boats.