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Post Options Post Options   Quote les5269 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 06 at 8:48pm
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I don't really understand how restricted classes work.   Do cherubs have to race in a super close handicap thing cos otherwise people will always say that the winner wasn't a great sailor but he just had a better boat than everyone.  Could someone explain how it works.  Until I know i'll just say i prefer SMODs.  They're much simpler!
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Development classes tend to work on the ethos that its not only performance on the water that counts, but also performance off the water. Setting up the boat, and in some cases designing and building it is all part of the challenge and as such when someone wins 'because of a better boat' as you suggest, it is often a better boat because the winner has spent many hours making it that way, aswell as sailing it well.

In some classes people buy the best kit available without depeloping it themselves which leads to a certain level of 'cheaquebook sailing' but even when this is the case it still takes many hours on the water to tune all the new kit so its not as simple as those with the biggest wallets will win regardless of skill.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harry44981! Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 06 at 10:08pm

Gives you something to hide behind when you loose though- Andy Rice has said some interesting stuff about that in his coloumn.

Personally I think SMOD's give a truer reflection of the better sailor, but I suppose it depends on whether tuning is a part of sailing skill

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Yeah i suppose off the water skill is important too.  Hey do you think a restricted class could become an olympic class.  Cherubs (or Southern Hemisphere equivalents) in the olympics?  Would it work?
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The problem with putting an all out development class in the olympics would be the sheer amount of money spent. People would end up having several differtent hulls and masses of rigs and having to pick them for each event dependant on prevailing conditions.

It would ruin the appeal of a development class for the ordinary sailor.

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The SMOD VS Development classses argument is pointless...... I would be sailing my boat irrespective of which category it falls under, I choose my boats because they are really what I want to sail.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Black no sugar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 06 at 7:44am

I must protest! This thread is being hijacked by serious debate!!

Come on, it started as a lightweight exchange of inconsequential chit-chat and it gets invaded by yet another version of SMOD vs development! Please!!

Going back to the original topic, here's one of my favourite - I use it a lot on MSN:

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Yeah stop hijacking my thread!

I think most development classes would reject olympic selection nowadays, Just look at all the hastle the europes got about their 'development' and think about what would happen in an open rules class. It would drive the class well out of the reach of ordinary sailors and probibly limit the competition to the countries with the most funding
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jack Sparrow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 06 at 9:38pm
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but I suppose it depends on whether tuning is a part of sailing skill

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I should hope so! What are you sailing.... a computer game?
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