Reply To: Olympic Classes and the OK Dinghy
Ok is great boat…
Countries teams won’t swap bits each person will have their own boat at that level… in fact OK may be better than Finn for men too. I think OK is more suitable for a greater range of weights than Finn (6ft tall with water jacket anyone?) begins to move away from best sailor but bust sailor of perfect height and weight.
Think it’s also time to consider weight equalisation at Olympic level so everyone is trying to move the same weight with same sail area and distributing it fron’t rear etc. to keep advantage of 6ft + 12 stone crew and 7stone helm (as in 470). How do we do this I am not sure, in skiff like classes with wings the weights are added in a fron’t and rear position to equalize all boats to a certain level. Then have wing sizes adjusted so height gives no advantage. This then means we get closer to finding best of the best.
The finn is hard for lighter weights but with some weight equalisation and range of masts OK can cope well with anywhere from 78 stone to 1516 stone or more.
I think weight and balance equalization and height adjustment sides are something to consider (horses have weight added, darts has positions for heights). If you go one design you often favour one size and one weight.
Anyway just some extra food for thought