I wondered whether I was getting mis-information about the mast profile from our supplier – so thanks for the clarification.
Just as a point of interest though, do the class rules actually specify that an “E” section is required? From what I can tell, only the sectional weight is prescribed.
26.2 Design of metal or wood masts. Shall comply with the official drawings. Heel may be tenoned.
26.3 Metal masts shall be made from extrusion weighing not less than 1.089 kg/m (0.732 lbs/ft).
This would mean that a Proctor “Gamma” section could also be used (assuming that one would want to use a mast with those characteristics). FD’s use both these sections.
Everything’s OK here. I’m in the process of restoring another woodie – W994 – re-decking and re-fastening the whole hull, which is otherwise in pretty good shape, but lacking a mast!
We have already had preliminary discussions about the location of the 2013 Worlds – leaning toward Port Credit YC again – the same venue as in 2004.