Their response was an unsurprising mix of outrage and incredulity. But Cowes Week organizers held firm, maintaining that canters of this size are impossible to handicap fairly against fixed-keel boats. Bring along a few more boats, they said, and you can have a class of your own. Otherwise, lock it down, and get a new rating.
Across the pond, organizers of the Bermuda Race have maintained a similar stance for many years, requiring that all canters race in an Open Division, and deeming them ineligible for the race's premiere handicap trophies.
Sailors have always been slow to accept new technology. But canting keels are not really new. This concept goes back 60 years, possibly longer. It's been proven to be fast, reliable, and, safe. Yet getting the general sailing population to embrace this technology has been a battle. The decisions of Cowes Week and Bermuda Race organizers, along with the lack of sustainable success of any production boats with this technology, indicate it's a battle that won't be won soon, if ever.