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Weight Equalisation

The weight equalisation system on the 4000 enables helms and crews of between 60kg and 100kg to race on a level playing field. There is no other single trapeze asymmetric dinghy which enables you to compete and have fun regardless which end of the weight scale you are at! It really is incredibly effective with 60-65Kg helms doing well at Lake Garda, where traditionally it’s a bit windy!!

How it Works

The equalisation system depends on 2 settings – how far out the racks are at the sides and how many lead weights are carried in the middle of the boat. The lighter you are the more weights you will carry and the further out you will have the racks.

The weights setting varies from 0 (no weights) to a maximum of 4 weights. The rack settings vary from 1 (racks at minimum) to 8 (racks fully extended). To calculate the appropriate settings you need to know the weight of the helm and crew individually in kilograms and refer to the official Weight Equalisation Chart.

First, use the helm’s weight on the left-hand scale to locate the correct row. Then use the crew’s weight on the scale across the top to find the correct column. The square where the row and column intersect will give you the correct settings. The number printed in the intersection square is the rack setting and the diagonal coloured band that the intersection square is in indicates the appropriate number of weights from 0-4.

Weighing in at an Event

A set of scales is provided at events for everyone to weigh in and record their weight. Instructions are included on how many kilograms to add to adjust for wet sailing kit and you can then refer to the weight chart to check you are using the right settings.

If you’re not sure then just ask someone for help – we’re a friendly class. If you’re out on your settings then you’ll have to retire from the 3 races of that day, so it’s not to clever to get it wrong!