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TOPIC: Further proposal re adoption of the carbon mast

Further proposal re adoption of the carbon mast 5 years 10 months ago #700

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1) That the carbon option is accepted for class racing from 1/1/2013 but with compensation weights added to the mast to bring the equivalent weight up to that of a standard M7 mast and rigging for specified events and circumstances ( see below).
2) That the Blaze Class Committee are empowered to make a decision regarding the inclusion or not of carbon masts (with compensation weights) for Blaze Championship racing in 2013 based on experience gained in early 2013.
2) That the need for compensation weights is reviewed at the 2013 and 2014 AGM with the long term aim of their removal from 2014/2015 onwards
3) That the proposed compensation weights are only mandatory during this transition period for designated Blaze Traveller events plus Blaze Championships. In addition compensation weights could be required at individual clubs where the local fleet would be empowered to make their own decision in relation to regular local fleet racing.
4) That Corrector weights would be mounted on the front of the mast and made clearly visible.

Translation: Carbon masts accepted from next year but with compensation weights carried to take away any perceived weight advantage. Furthermore that carbon would possibly still be excluded for National Championship racing all together in 2013 - on a committee decision and that local clubs can make their own minds up on weight compensation for club series racing. Further on that later AGM's review the situation and look to drop the need for compensation much later still.

Justification: A transition period where the weight advantage of carbon masts was eliminated has worked well in other performance classes facing the same issues. The proposal provides for a very extended period where individual owners can make up their mind on the utility of carbon masts. It allows for a pragmatic plan and timescale towards full acceptance but one that goes a very long way towards addressing the legitimate concerns of some owners.

Mike Lyons
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