2011 CIV Winter Meeting, Paris, Sunday the 4th of December 2011
The International Vaurien Class Association (CIV) intends to rectify what was mistakenly published on the october 2011 issue of the Italian magazine “Bolina”.
With regards to the changes in the sailplan, the CIV put right that the current sailplan is the result of the team working of many passionate class members and from all of the Asvauriens, either with practical work or suggestions or comments. The change in the sailplan was introduced, in 1996, from CIV as a necessary and natural upgrade of the Vaurien to have a faster and more performant dinghy compared to other dinghies to seduce more people and particularly the youngs. Already back in the ‘70s the first attempts had been done with a Genova-like jib and a bigger main (Elvströem sailmaker, Cannes) to prove that the boat had the chance to allow an enhanced sail area. At that time, most of the Asvauriens were not yet convinced on the need to follow the evolution of sailing technic and spirit. In the early ‘90s the Technical committee (TC) obtained a preliminary study on a new bigger sailplan (thank to Guillermo Beltri) that was presented at the 1997 winter meeting. No action was taken but it was important to make people think about it above all between the youngers. In 2000 ASV Germany did some tests on a bigger spinnaker. At the 2001 world championship in Follonica a prototype was shown with a full batten main, trapeze and a taller mast. Other contributes came from naval designers not related with our class (thank to the famous architect and sailor Jacques Fauroux) . All of these ideas were finally discussed at the TC and CIV meetings promoting a change in minds. In 2006 two prototypes have been made. One from Elite sailmaker (spain) and followed by Asvaurien España and the other from Faccenda shipyard (Italy) and followed by Asvaurien Italia. Those prototypes were presented and tested out of race during the world championship in
Vada 2006. Thereafter those prototypes have endured sea trials in Spain, Germany, Holland and Italy. Results, impressions and comments of a year-long trials were evaluated at the 2007 TC summer meeting in Laredo. In Laredo a preliminary sailplan was designed for the later approval at the CIV 2007 winter meeting. ISAF authorized the use of the new sailplan at the 2008 world champioship.
Without denigrating external professionals, it is worth to note that the passionate contribute of members of the national associations and sailmakers closer to the class has been proven the most effective. The CIV wishes to highlight the technical contributes of ASV ESP with Nacho Campos Jr, Nachjo Campos Sr and Pablo Cabello, ASV GER with P. Lakshmanan, ASV NED with J.Vissia, ASV ITA with F. Zampacavallo and last but not least, the president of the technical committee Ugo Zappi who has been the constant supporter of an upgraded sailplan since the early ‘70s.
We’d like also to thank all of the members of every nation for their contributions in the form of many suggestions and recommendations gathered directly on the water.
Also, the CIV reminds and thanks for their attendance Velas Elite and Cantiere Faccenda for the construction and adjustement of the prototypes.
With this acknoledgement, the CIV intend to let know how the action of all members, even if not mentioned here, that in a more than 10 year long period of time from the first idea to the final plan, have contributed in the form of time, ideas, suggestions, recommendations, studies, tests, work to draw the current sailplan that definitely keeps up to date our Vaurien Class.