Social living is the best
As one of the members of the 2.4 community that has been around for the longest time in the history of the 2.4mR class – I ordered the plans for the Norlin Mk III from Peter Norlin in 1987 – I have been asked to contribute with a monthly letter. Those of you that has been around a couple of years may have stumbled across my comments through the years and know that I hold some strong opinions. I will try here to view the 2.4mR class from maybe some other angles than the usual.
Frustratingly I have been aware of different interests conflicting and diminishing the potential and possibilities for growth in the 2.4mR class ever since I entered the class in the end of the eighties.
Looking at it in the rear view mirror it seems that the conflict line in our community does not differ much from the conflict lines in the society as a hole. Self interest stands against the common good.
A number of different interests in our class can be identified. Builders/designers interest in monopolizing, sailors promoting their own career path, new designers/builders looking for a market for their attempts to compete and surely I have missed some others.
Due to the above described conditions that undoubtedly has diminished the potential for growth as well as lessened members feeling of being part of a thriving happy community I would like to promote the view that the main factor that glues any group gathered of free will together is the ability of it’s members to put the common good before self-interest.
How do you promote the common good then you may ask. I will try to point out some decisive factors that benefits all equally.
In order to invest both emotionally and economically in the class one needs to know what rules will apply in the foreseeable future and what vision is leading the community, in what direction it moves.
- Fair play
The leadership of the organization needs to lead by example and always act with full transparency without favoring any special interest at the expense of others and highlight the social aspects of being part of the community.
By using fleet organization, you can involve members more directly in decision-making and thus increase identification with our class. There are some good examples of this that we can learn from, the Star class is prominent in this regard. Being part of the 2.4mR class can and should be more than just buying a boat adhering to the class rules and seek to win races.
- Open class rule
The meaning of the open class rule may be interpreted as an invitation to participate in the common quest and in friendly competition to step by step develop the 2.4mR yacht both in order to maximize accessibility and performance and thus increase it’s attraction to all sorts of sailors.
I believe that it would be a great step forward and away from conflicts if the leadership in dialogue with the membership could produce a document in the spirit of these lines. A common vision all can agree on irrespective of personal biases that emphasizes on what unites us, not what divides.
Hasse Malmsten, SWE 112
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