After 3 years in the 49er, Justin and I have realised that the amount of time we can dedicate to the 49er is not enough to make headway into the Gold fleet. We’ve put the effort in, but with uni and work commitments it’s become obvious that 2 days a week sailing (generally only one day when the weather doesn’t behave) has limited the potential of our campaign.
We were happy to keep going, until the price of the new rig was released. Now, we all know how damn expensive the 49er is, but for the new mast, Main and now compulsory Jib (it’s slightly bigger) Ovington quoted us nearly £4,000 (which is a lot more than was originally suggested when we voted for the change). When you consider that we would need training and racing equipment, it looked like we would have to spend 8k over 2009 just on rigging not including the other kit, travel, accomodation, entry, etc. For two guys, one being a uni student and the other trying to build a business, we had no way of easily affording the costs for 2009, so have decided to put the campiagn on hold for a few years.
In the meantime, we have traded our 49ers for a brand spanking new RS800. We wanted a boat similar to the 49er, without the huge expenses associated with it (the i14 is out, straight away). The 800 seemed the perfect choice, and after unpacking her for the first time on Sunday we were sure about the decision. You see, the new 800 is an absolute peach of a boat. Every single aspect of the boat is superb, from build quality (which is unbelievable), to the top notch sail, full Harken kit and the fully carbon mast from Selden which is a sight for sore eyes (compared to the alloy bottom section of the 49er).
We’re both looking forward to campaigning the 800, and expect to be competitive fairly quickly (after any early teething problems).
Regarding the 49er campaign, we have both agreed to try to take up the campaign further down the line when we can afford it in terms of both time and money, but for the next few years (at least) we will be hitting the 800 pretty hard to see where we can get.
Images of our new 800