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  1. tillerman

    rs aero

    RS Aero Florida State Championship 2020 https://sailinganarchy.com/2020/02/19/you-and-your-aero/
  2. tillerman

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    2020 Laser Masters Midwinters East at Jensen Beach. 50 Laser Standards. 29 Radials. Peter Shope won. Some Brits were there. https://www.sail-world.com/news/226433/Laser-Masters-Midwinters-East Full results at https://www.regattanetwork.com/event/19903#_newsroom
  3. "A coup to replace the bad people at LPE with a membership led committee." Did something happen while I was sleeping?
  4. tillerman

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    That's not a 4.7 rig. That's an ILCA 4 rig. Please try and keep up!
  5. tillerman

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    ILCA class legal North ILCA sails (and ILCA legal sail battens) are absolutely positively available in the US at https://usonedesign.com/sails/ilca-dinghy/ Maybe you could even get a fleet discount for a bulk order @RobbieB?
  6. tillerman

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    Great stuff! And in other good news, an ILCA sail was absolutely positively spotted frostbiting in Newport this weekend.
  7. tillerman

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    It will be interesting to see what name is used in future for the world championship of boats approved by ILCA. But is it too early to speculate that Tom Burton might well be the last person ever to win an ILCA world championship which was actually sailed in Lasers?
  8. FRAND is certainly an enormous challenge for the ILCA leadership, but if it leads to Zim Sailing becoming a supplier of Kirby sailboats it will be something absolutely positive to emerge from the situation for grass roots sailors. It really doesn't matter whether they call the boats ILCAs, Lasers (unlikely IMHO) or something new like ZIM 14.
  9. tillerman

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    I am sure that all ILCA sailors would gladly recognize the enormous contribution that Bruce Kirby has made to the sport of sailing. And there can be no dispute that the ILCA, the Laser and the Torch are all built to Bruce Kirby's design. I am absolutely positive of that.
  10. LPE is no longer an approved ILCA builder (at least for now.) Short term PSA are taking over the European and North American markets once reserved for LP/LPE with their ILCA brand boats. 7 other builders are well along the path to becoming ILCA approved builders soon. Sounds to me as if ILCA leadership are doing a magnificent job in steering the class into this brave new world.
  11. tillerman

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    Congratulations to Herr Bull on his convincing win. A win is a win whatever the boat is called. But the trademarks on the boats that Mr. Kirby designed are by no means a petty matter. Who would have thought that two words in tiny writing on the back of the cockpit could be worth $6.8 million? I am pretty sure PSA are too smart to try sailing boats using any Laser trademarks in the parts of he world where they don't have the rights to those trademarks. That's why they are calling the boats ILCAs.
  12. tillerman

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    This ad by PSA in the Fall 2019 issue of The Laser Sailor is instructive. it appears to be offering some charter boats at various events in Florida and the sale of those charter boats after the events. But what boats are they offering? The brand name of the boat is prominently displayed - ILCA. A reference to PSA's credibility as a boat builder refers to their history as "Kirby boat builders." There is absolutely no reference in the ad to the boats offered as being "Lasers." I think we all know why. And here is a screen shot from the psasailing.com website of some boats being sold by PSA in Australia. The boats are specifically referred to as ILCA 4, ILCA 6 and ILCA 7. You can also buy an ILCA hull only. Surely it is very clear that PSA are selling ILCAs both in the Australian domestic market and internationally. Indeed all the boats supplied by PSA for the recently completed World Championship in Australia were ILCAs.
  13. tillerman

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    Sadly, in most parts of the world today there is no supplier of new class-legal Lasers. Until that situation changes, the only option for most people who want to buy a new boat to participate in ILCA sanctioned regattas is to buy an ILCA. Does that mean that "Laser" as a brand name for new boats is effectively dead? I guess it depends on your point of view...