For a Class Association not afraid to welcome hired crews, with multiple paid positions on some of the top boats, the only answer I have been given from the Class as to why we are not allowed to upgrade the turnbuckles on the J70 is for cost. Is this truly a logical argument? I understand not creating an arms race with sails, and other technologies, but why are we stuck in the dark ages 'counting' turns on the premier sport boat in the world?
Lets stop the non sense and push the class for an amendment to the Class rules to allow a calibrated turnbuckle on the cap shrouds as well as the lowers. Everyone tuning the rigs of the boats knows it is only a matter of time, thinking 'when am I going to miss count these turns between races'. Lets upgrade, each turnbuckle retails between 75-95 bucks, a small cost for a legitimate upgrade. For the price of no more then 400.00 you can stop the turn counting and know every time you look at your rig you are spot on your numbers. All Melges 20's, 24's, I believe Vipers, and most other small boat classes are allowing the ease of a calibrated turnbuckle.
I ask that the Class Association takes my request seriously and pose a vote to the owners. If the vote passes great, then every boat can upgrade or keep counting. If the vote fails we shall move forward.
J70 USA 72 DFZ