[Public-List] Mast Heads for the Alberg Internal halyards and the racing rules

Rachel penokee at cheqnet.net
Sat Feb 21 12:02:53 PST 2009

Micheal (Connolly),

I was bringing up an issue that would apply to boats with external 
halyards, actually. The only reason I was doing so, was because it 
sounded as though the committee was going to be re-considering the 
rules for external vs. internal halyards, and perhaps not at the same 
time addressing the *other* part of the rule that the new mastheads 
actually do connect to (they aren't actually changing the boat to 
internal halyards), which is rearrangement of the halyards (as they are 
going to new sheave(s) in different places (yet all external).

Maybe I wasn't clear - sorry.

I don't care one way or the other; I only brought it up because it 
would seem a shame to get a committee together to rule on "internal vs. 
external" halyards, and then not at the same time consider the bigger 
picture of "changing the routing of the halyards" that actually *would* 
apply to the new mastheads.

Anyway, I will retire back into my non-racing shell now!


On Feb 21, 2009, at 10:35 AM, crufone at comcast.net wrote:

> Hi Rachel,
> I am Michael but not the one you are thinking of.  Michael Connolly 
> here.  My understanding from what has been interpreted about the 
> current rules is that boats must be raced in the from that they were 
> delivered from Whitby. Some have confirmed that Whitby never made A30 
> masts with internal halyards. In discussing the design of the new mast 
> head with Stephen it is clear to me that this head was designed for 
> external halyards. 


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