Hi All. I am "chiming" in as one who has had to eliminate and turn
down crew to meet the 880* limit several times (four that I
distinctly remember) Two of these were just before Nationals because
they didn't loose the few pounds they said they would. How fun is
that. They will not race with our boat again. I can't blame them even
though it was their indirect choice by not loosing the promised
weight. The administration of the boat becomes quite time consuming.
I will not race consistently this year just because of the time it
takes off the water. I still feel "new" to the fleet having come from
Monterey YC several years ago, not belonging to a local YC and so not
socializing much. When I go looking to fill in for crew that cannot
sail a race I look at the choices on the crew list for our fleet and
the sfsailing.com site. After filtering out the weight needed to meet
the rule I am quite limited. As an example: I am 200#, Trimmer 195#,
Foredeck #190. If my math is correct, that leaves me 295# for two
crew or less than 150# per person. Seriously, look at crew lists on
the above sites and tell me it is easy to find crew with this metric.
Sure I could get rid of one of the 190er, but what does that do? Gets
rid of a good crew for another boat that needs weight (if such an
entity exists) and requires me to go into the maze for someone
smaller. I am definitely in Mike's camp for the change to the "Fun
Series" as a trial.
All this said, my only problem is that changing rules outside our
recognized fleet procedure will set a precedent that becomes
problematic in the future. However, if we can find a way to change
now for, at least the "Fun Series," I support it.