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Crew Weights

The one-design (as opposed to one-manufacturer) Class Rules have allowed the Tornado Class to ensure close racing from similarity in design yet allowed teams to be competitive regardless of their weight combination or stature. This is available through the ability to alter the depth and draft of the sails without altering the sail profile and therefore the image of the class.

The problems often experienced with a one-manufacturer class is that items such as sails cannot be altered therefore crew weights must be strictly kept to the class minimum to ensure a team's competitiveness. With the ability to alter the sails in the Tornado Class it has meant a Class minimum crew weight is not required and it is often common to see total team weights vary amongst competitors up to 40kgs.