Proposal 8


Rule 15.1
Change from:
The boom shall be constructed of inherently straight aluminium alloy extrusion(s) and shall be of constant external dimension throughout its length, except the track may be cut away to a total length of 200mm with the band at the tack and/or clew to avoid fouling the sail cringle(s). The section may be cut away or tapered to accommodate tack and clew fittings.

Change to:
The boom shall be constructed of inherently straight material and shall be of constant external dimension throughout its length, except the track may be cut away to a total length of 200mm with the band at the tack and/or clew to avoid fouling the sail cringle(s). The section may be cut away or tapered to accommodate tack and clew fittings.
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Reason:
Now that carbon masts are gaining recognition and usage within the Contender class, more sailors seem to feel that a change to permit carbon booms is acceptable, indeed, perhaps overdue.

A similar proposal was not approved at the AGM at Medemblik in 2000.
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At the AGM in Melbourne, the measure passed with 25 votes in favour, 6 opposed. 80.1% in favour.