Early trials of the hydrofoil have been successful (Photo Hamo Thonrycroft, www.yacht-photos.co.uk)

The Impala class is asking for members’ views on a proposed rule change. The unprecedented step would allow the introduction of a custom-built hydrofoil keel, aimed at boosting the Impala’s performance in flat water and medium winds.  The class chairman said: It should bring the class bang up to date, and could even lead to its inclusion in the 2016 Olympics.’

The proposed new design, which should easily bolt on, is below. Members’ views should be submitted by 1200 on the 1st April.

 

 


Old vs New keel

 

Comments received:

I understood this had already been approved and have spent all winter modifying ZULU – will I have to re-fit the old keel pending promulgation of the new rule ?

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2 Comments

Moll · April 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm

If it enhances the lifespan of the class, fine. But some idea of cost and impact on IRC rating would help. (Apologies if there is already information on these. I am new to this site but not to Impala racing – in Hongkong).

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