The mast complete with all standing and running rigging and supported at the upper edge of band no. 1 shall weigh not less than 3 kg when it is weighed at band no. 4....
The mast complete with all standing and running rigging and supported at the upper edge of band no. 1 shall weigh not less than 2.5 kg when it is weighed at band no. 4....
This proposal reduces weight or mass at the tip of the mast. It will benefit performance by making the boat easier to right after a capsize and is expected to enable the boat to sail more rapidly in waves due to reduced pitching moment. It is likely that only carbon masts will be able to achieve the tip weight reduction.
Chief Technical Chairman Alan Mollatt has indicated that he will discuss the timing of when this change would become effective. The desire is to give time for old aluminum masts to be retired and replaced by carbon masts.
In the normal course of events, a rule change approved at the AGM and approved by a postal ballot and finally ratified by the ISAF would become effective the January following the November ISAF meeting. It is possible to specify a different effective date when the rule is submitted to ISAF.
Part of the discussion at the AGM will be whether the change is desirable and part may be on the best time to make the change effective.
The measure passed with 25 in favour, 7 opposed.78% in favou at the AGM in Melbourne..