|The team at Norths has been reviewing the information they collected at Worlds and through the summer and is in Sri Lanka looking to put their theories into practice to improve consistency of our sails.
Most of the external geometry concerns of the fleet could be explained within what they already knew. However, they are looking to imrove practices in 3 ways to improve the consistency of the shape of the sails.
We will not go into detail of these items, as it is not viable to have 800 Quality Assurance managers overseeing this process. Norths is working as hard as they can to build our sails consistently and we will continue to monitor those efforts.
You will see a new royalty tag on the sails from now onwards that says MCE or Manufacture Certified Equipment. This replaces the older tags that said IHC. In some sails, it does not reflect any meaningful change, but it others, like the 49er mainsail, it clearly differentiates new sails from old.
Based on the votes at our AGM, the plan we put to World Sailing is that for 49er mains, 49er jibs, and FX jibs, MCE tagged sails will be allowed at the Olympic Games, Worlds, and Euors, with any 3di FX main allowed too.
Additional sails already in ciculation before the introduction of MCE tags are eligabile to have an MCE tag added to their sail to become fully legal for these championships.
– FX jibs with a serial number greater than 8285 plus 8337,8338,8428,8434, but excluding 8249,8251,8173
– 49er Jibs with serial number 506875 or higher plus 506859, 506849, 506848, 506844, 506843, 506841, 506840, 506839, 506820, 506815, 506814, 506813, 506811, 506808, 506801, 506796, 506794, 506793, 506792, 506789, 506787, 506785, 506684, 506629, 506628, 506626, 506625, 506578, 506577 but excluding 506886, 506888, 506907, 506906, 506905, 506904, 506903, 506917, 506920, 506924, 506926, 506929, 507221, 507220, 507219, 507239, 507237, 507236, 507235, 507234, 507232, 507231, 507778, 507776, 507775, 507774, 507780 or jibs that have been trimmed by North Sails and registered in Barry’s system.
These rules ensure that only sails of the updated geometry can race at elite competitoins.
This proposal has been put toward World Sailing, and once they agree it will be added to our class rules.