As I recall, it took John Christiansen about 5 years to get the clew strap approved, one should not give up. Of course, he first had to convince people they wanted it. I'm guessing you don't have that problem. On the other hand, it sounds like you had bad timing with the class as Adam French, unfortunately, had to terminate his position as Technical Officer at the start of the Fall in 2006. Clive Humphries is the new Technical Officer, having just started at the beginning of Summer, and you should try (again) with him.