Photos © Alan Gillard
The new Rooster Sailing deck design (in the foreground) is approved by the Streaker Class Owners Association
For some time now the two licensed builders of GRP/FRP Streakers have been working with the Streaker Class Owners Association to develop a new deck design in which the length of stern tank is reduced allowing for storage of boom and sail inside the cockpit.
Approval has now been given to Rooster Sailing for their design and the first boat to sport the new stern deck made its appearance at the Streaker open at Pennine SC on Saturday 27th October. Butler Boats are also expected to have their design ready very soon and so by next season both builders will be able to produce boats with the longer cockpit.
The SCOA is pleased that while the change has useful practical considerations (for boom storage and for reaching the rudder fixings inside the transom), the new design retains the features that make the class attractive and easily identifiable.
This new deck design is at present only for new GRP/FRP Streakers. For it to be allowed for boats with wooden decks, some changes will be needed to the class measurement rules. It is hoped that these changes can be approved at the AGM in June next year.
For more information about the Streaker class visit their website at www.streaker-class.org.uk