OK, I more than anyone am happy with the current state of flux with the National Solo, a racing dinghy I have sailed for over 38 years. My first was a Seamark Nunn GRP in a lovely shade of beige. My last, a beautiful Gosling Composite. These were worlds apart in terms of performance an yet were clearly from the same DNA string. We have seen rig developments and more mast rake than I ever imagined a Solo could achieve without suffering huge weather helm. What do you think the next trend will be? Dont mention foiling or you will be banned! I have heard some talk of carbon masts but the cost must still be prohibitive and with a fully stayed mast, surely not worthwhile. Foils are now available in varying flexion, maybe this will/is the way forward? Or maybe we have reached optimum performance and need to step up our own human input?
Will Loy President