I’m trying to think laterally for a new Footy design and yet keep within the spirit of the rules!
I’m wondering if this idea would be seen as legal?
I’m imagining a boat designed on the ‘angled vertically’ concept such as Blue Sky. If such a boat was Yawl rigged (ie with a small mizzen mast placed far aft) the mizzen mast, sail and boom would protrude from the rubdder/bumkin slot. Designed correctly the boom would be free to pivot as the whole lot would be outside the box. I’ve attached a simple picture to illustrate. Obviously a bumpkin would also be neccessary for sheeting.
The reasons for doing this would be to bring the rig CE back and lower the overall aspect of the rig. The cost would be lower efficiency, increased weight and complexity and tuning issues.
I understand that this idea might be controversial… but is there anything that I’ve missed in the rules that would prohibit it? Also is there any reason why a two masted design might be illegal?
As far as I can see the rules governing rigs in this situation seem to be about free movement rather than where the rig is placed.
Any comments, scorn or derision welcome!