This area will contain contributed articles on distinctive features of different boats, especially rig adjustment systems, and tuning/sailing top tips.
On 28 April 2018 owners approved a new edition of class rules based on the World Sailing standard template. After correcting a small number of errors and omissions discovered during 2018 a new edition was published on 6th January 2019.
Mast heel positions
Sunbeams originally had a fixed mast position formed by the square heel of the wood mast engaging in a square recess in the mast step created during the building process. When the rig was re-designed around 1970, some boats experimented with the mast further aft which required a new step to be fitted. More sturdy steps were also introduced to protect the local hull structure against distortion by mast loads. A variety of bespoke arrangements came into being depending on who was responsible for the modification. The advent of aluminium masts with heel castings straddling an inverted-T section step introduced further variance in the heel position to the point that no-one really knew anymore where their mast was stepped relative to other boats. During the 2016/17 lay-up period a project was instigated to measure the position of the mast heels of as many boats as possible, the aim being to bring about closer racing by eliminating heel position as a source of advantage or disadvantage. More boats are being added during 2017/18. The results are presented in the chart below which can be viewed and downloaded as a JPG file. Since these data were gathered V5 and V31 have reported moving their masts closer to the norm, and seeing a perceived benefit in performance.