During the month of December 2012, as requested by the ITA members at the 2012 Tornado AGM the class ran another ballot for Tornado One Design Sails. The original 2010 ballots result was yes for implementing one design sails, however, there was some confusion over the Olympic status. This lead to the new ballot in 2012.
As stated in the class constituion, a 2/3 majority vote was needed to overturn the original ballot held in 2010. During the 2012 ballot 124 people voted, of those votes 75 were valid because the remaining 49 voters were not members of the International Tornado Class which was a stipulation of the vote. From the 75 people, 45 voted yes and 30 voted no for One Design Sails.
This now means that as of 1st April 2013 the Tornado Class will be a One Design Sail class.
Because the class understand that sailors do not want to have to go out and buy brand new sails straight away a grandfathering rule has been put in place. This means that any sails measured and stamped before 31st March 2013 can be sailed with for the rest of their life and will be class legal. Any sails measured and stamped after 1st April 2013 will not be class legal unless they are provided by Ullman as One Design Sails.
Over the next few weeks the committee are working with Pablo Soldano of Ullman Sails to finalise the agreement and put in place a simple ordering system for the sailors. Please keep checking back for further news.