Hello Sail4Food and Angus,
Yes, I do understand that the sail numbers can only be issued by the national registrar, after a proper boat measurement & inspection. There is none for Japan in the IFCA today.
If you are interested in the true One Design competition of the RC sailboats, I do not believe the current Footy class rule is the right class. In this infant stage of the class, it will generate too much performance differences, within the box rule design. I do not wish to believe the original rule was created that way???
In my view, the Footy seems to be in line with having fun…, to create the unique boats, within a free spirited confined box rule.
For the above reason, I feel the original Footy Class Rule has enough freedom to exploit the various design characteristics. It will allow many kinds of unique monohull boats to emerge, that are often fascinating to watch. If I was an original rule maker…, I would allow a multi-hull, foiler, etc. Have freedom and have more fun, within the length restricted box rule.
For example, my mentor, Mr. Swede Johnson’s wonderful unique FOOTY designs are always fun to watch. I am sure that he is having lots of fun, doing so. I do admire his creative spirit. It was the reason why I’ve decided to pursue my own designs to experiment a various scaled miniature RC models of Open 60, MiniTransat6.5., Volvo Ocean 70, ACC, etc. Therefore, the twin rudders became very natural for my designs.
(Bill Hagerup would comment that the twin rudders are only cosmetic…, but is it really so??? I still like my boats with the twn rudders. I am sure that many French and Down Under sailors, used to seeing these features would agree.)
The recent announcement of the “clarifications and interpretations” as well as the “intentions” documents, (IMHO) seems to contradict the free spirited original FOOTY box rule. I personally do not like the contents of those documents.
Regarding the JMYS issue, I personally do not believe the type of activity associated with the current Footy class, do not go along the line of the competition oriented organization. Sail numbers are issued mainly for the competition purpose. So it is natural to think about the national authority involvement. But I am not sure if the Japanese Footy sailors would be willing to pay the JMYS membership fee, just for the competition purpose…, and also just for the sail numbers. Sail4Food did not think so, and I agree.
I personally do not mind to create the Japan Footy Class Association which is independent from the JMYS. But then, we shall issue our own Japanese class rule to meet the demands of the Japanese sailors/builders. IFCA recognition can not be achieved by then.
Regarding my illegal Footy. It is irrelevant…, but legality put aside…, if you would consider the launch date as a reference to issuing the sail number…, then my Footy was launched before Mr. Sail4Food’s legal Footy’s launch date.
She was launched at the Higashiyamako Fishing Area in Gotenba City, Shizuoka Prefecture, and the property manager can prove the launch date, if necessary.
By the way, retrofitting the single rudder on my ShaQ can be done very easily to make her class legal. But then…, I will loose the original “free spirit” that I’ve acquired at the conception of this boat. I do not wish to compromise just yet. I’ve wanted to show my boat to the current Footy community, to generate more debates on this matter.
I do not mind the wait…, to see more debates taking place in the near future…
I will await to see what the JMYS has to say about the class, and how the current IFCA responds on this matter. I am not in a hurry.