There are several International One-design classes that are active :
Starboard Formula Experience (only non-raceboard class compatible)
Kona One Design
Quite right - I mispoke!!
Another one for the list is the Windsurfer One Design - this is quite an active class in my neck of the woods.
I suppose I was thinking about what type of boards would race in country/continental/world championships - the above boards - minus the MOD(board only) - would not be seen in these championships. In my area we have a small presence of all of the one-design boards mentioned above, but apart from the MOD, they are just not very competitive in a normal club situation (everyone sailing in the same race/same start). People don't like sailing at the back of the fleet if this position is due to the design of the board (you can't get away from sailor skill though).
We run several races a year based on VYC yardstick which is fun because it "normalises" the board differences of the fleet and the best sailor on the day wins.
Anyway, a bit off-topic. The new Phantom 377 has several new design area worthy of mention;
the sloping mast track
- increasing the leverage when the mast track is in the forward position is interesting. It may indicate that the board doesn't like railing and needs a bit of help? Will it be harder to push the mast "up the hill" and easier to pull to the back? Lightwind railing is always a desired skill so this new feature may help this. In the past I have played around with larger light wind daggerboards to help this (as well as pointing angles). I must admit that the I felt that the Phantom 380 didn't easily rail as the older raceboards (I didn't own one so I'm not an expert here
) so I am looking forward to see how the 377 performs in this aspect.
the bat wing stern
- the most "revolutionary" part of the new design in my view. There have been some whispers of " it won't work" around the ether but I suppose there is always initial concerns for new stuff. I like how the batwing makes the rail line more parallel which should improve upwind ability. How the batwing changes the transition from displacement mode to planing mode is the big question. If the "hump" is reduced then it is a major win and likewise if the transition from planing to displacement is pushed back to lower speeds then this would be another win. My biggest concern is how the board will perform going deep downwind in planing, choppy conditions. The batwing will hold the stern of the board up due to its width and therefore the nose down going over the front of chop - hopefully there is enough nose rocker to prevent plowing into the chop ahead. Narrow stern boards can "sink" a bit in the above scenario to help the nose to keep clear. Wide tailed formula boards have "solved" this problem by having cutouts and/or short lengths and good nose rockers.
lower volume and narrower profile
- not really a new design aspect but interesting movement from the 380. The narrower profile will allow better railing and is probably more inline with the winning board designs from the past. The lower volume is probably a good thing for all but the heavier sailor and is probably somewhat due to the batwind not adding much volume. A smaller board should help handling in the windier stuff.
I guess it is fun to discuss what might happen with the new design aspects, but I can't wait to try this out in reality. I wish I were going to the RB worlds in September to see it first hand but I'll have to wait until December to see one here.