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In general terms Redback is probably right.

However new FRP Ospreys are being built this year (hoorah!) and carbon spars are being trialled; 505's seem to be creeping back up the ladder...a very fast boat; Fireballs are having their Worlds etc in the UK this year.  If you order a new Fireball now, you wont get it in time for the Worlds because the order books are full.  FD's are big all over Europe, and are very fast.  Hornets.... hmmm they seem to keep themselves to themselves but there are a surprising number around and racing.

All of these classes will be at the Symmetric Grand Prix at Rutland in October for loads of laughs and racing.  Many of them are doing combined events around the country before that. 5o5 Worlds are in Europe (Travemunde)  this year at the same time as the Javelin Europeans.

There is a lot of cross fertilisation between all these classes, so they kind of support each other.  Check out www.fastsail.org

People sail them because they like the boats for what they are, (plus they are all pretty damn quick).

 

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Sadly I think it'll be the newer high perfomance classes which fade.  So although I sail one I think it'll be gone in a few years whereas the 5o5 and say Osprey will still be sailed by a few diehards.  Take the RS800 as an example, its a fabulous boat and very popular for its type but when technology allows the owners will move on to something even faster and the class will decline.  Osprey owners clearly aren't interested in technology even though they are interested in performance.

The Fireball will be interesting, its not really fast by todays standards but the owners do continue to develop the boat and it is very popular.

Sadly I feel there is little hope for the FD and the Hornet - just not fast enough, but I can't claim to be in touch and no doubt this message will excite some of the owners.

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2005's big class will be the Fireball, having their Nationals/Euros, then Worlds in the UK in August. It's pretty much too late to buy a new one for the event now, apparently. Should be a good couple of weeks.

I know a whole host of classes which SHOULD be 6 foot under this time next year, but they probably won't be. That's another story though.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harry44981! Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jan 05 at 10:51am

What classes do you think will be given a new lease of life in 2005?

Which new classes will emerge to be succesful?

Which classes will be 6ft under this time next year?

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