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    Posted on behalf of Al Schonborn who would like views on the suggestion below that he would like considered in time for a rule change in 2015:

    In light of the Aero Luff Spar and other furling apparatus, I think we have reached a stage where we can make the forestay an optional item:

     

    29. RIGGING

     

    29.1 Standing rigging. Shall be a forestay and two shrouds. Shrouds shall be linked to the mast by one pair of spreaders which shall not be equipped with controls suitable for adjusting their angle or effective length while sailing. The forestay shall be capable of supporting the mast at all times when sailing. 
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    29.1 Standing rigging. Shall be two shrouds and an optional forestay. Shrouds shall be linked to the mast by one pair of spreaders which shall not be equipped with controls suitable for adjusting their angle or effective length while sailing.

     

    Rationale: the forestay is pretty much useless on a racing W these days, its function taken over by the jib luff wire and the jib halyard. Worse than useless, it interferes with easy jib furling and requires a separator to be incorporated into the furling set-up. Anyone wanting the foretay as a back-up in case the jib halyard breaks would still be free to use the forestay.

     

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