Fast-forward to a January 13 handicappers meeting in Bellingham, where Icon owner Kevin Welch presented a thorough argument against the changes that had been made on behalf of the owners of the "bigger" big boats (-20 and above).
Welch's presentation outlined what his
analysis and the represented owners considered a set of appropriate ratings.
After that full handicappper's meeting, the BBC
held a meeting (with Welch) into the evening on the matter, and came up with a new set of numbers different from Welch
's and the BBC's orignal numbers.
Lynch reported that Welch
left the meeting saying that the big boat owners "wouldn't accept" these ratings either.