Jan 17, 2006, 9:41 AM
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Whilst the new VOR class provide performances that could only be dreamed about not even a decade ago, there is something unsettling about the liberal amounts mechanical horsepower permitted.
VOR 70 class
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Crews are prohibited from any powered assistance above the waterline i.e. no powered winches or auto-pilots, yet there is a dedicated engine powering the hydraulic system that allows the keel to be 'trimmed'. With the keel going lock to lock in 10 seconds it is also now possible for the boat to be 'rocked' in a form of sculling. Is this allowed?
The class has now opened the door for powered devices - why not some hydraulic rollerfurlers; winches; pilots and so on. That way one could even make further savings on crew wages in the quest for cutting edge technology.