"I’d Like the Deluxe
your faithful Ed decided to get a Flying Tiger, one of the things I was
adamant abouit was being able to use the brand (and material) sails of
my choice. I didn’t like the idea of having what I considered sub standard
sails being foisted upon me and despite the class "mandating"
stock NP sails, I went ahead and commissioned Quantum to develop a higher
performing sail program that I thought more befitting of the performance
of the FT. We didn’t go tech crazy, just some nice fast sails. Despite
a lot of bitching from a whole bunch of people who just don’t know what
they are talking about, most everyone here in SoCal agreed with the direction
I was going and did much the same. A look at any of our regattas shows
almost all boats now racing with their favorite brand of sails, and it
does have a good look, has clearly resulted in improved performance of
the boat, and has not escalated intoan arms race 9there are limits to
how many sails you can buy each year).
it to the malcontents in Frisco to say they want to sail our upcoming
PCC’s under the "stock sail" rule and so the sail choice was
put to vote for the West Coast boats. The vote went in favor of allowing
the non stock sails as the majority choice, and despite validating my
opinion on the matter, it is noteworthy only in that at least so far,
it looks like the FT class is heading the direction of allowing sails
of choice, a development we like.