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    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    In bringing on new builders, I'd go as far to suggest that ILCA add clauses to builders contracts whereby ILCA can instigate 'boat recalls' if an inspection finds errors in the build process. This will put pressure on builders to ensure they don't stray from the LCMA. I've purchased parts in the past which were manufactured out of spec, and they were immediately replaced free of charge, but I can't imagine any builder would do this for hulls without contractual obligations/pressure from ILCA. With that in mind, ILCA will need to use the additional fees collected from the new builders to bring on additional Technical Officers to perform more frequent factory inspections. As it is, I'm told Clive has a lot on managing 2/3 annual inspections of the current builders. Further, along with the threat of 'boat recalls' for LCMA violations, ILCA should be releasing a report on all factory inspections, to create the transparency needed to help prevent 'boat park rumours' about one manufacturer being better than the others.
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    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    Despite LP bringing out the "Ice Blue" boats which were supposed to be built to match the PSA boats, anyone who has sailed both boats will tell you there's still obvious differences. Pre-Ice Blue, the PSA boats seemed to be weighted more towards the stern, or evenly distributed, whereas the LP boats were a bit more bow heavy. However, even with the Ice Blue boats, there is still definite differences in the transom angle/gudgeon placement. Ask any Aussie who's had to charter an LP boat at an event, and most of them will have had trouble with their tillers hitting the traveller cleat, as for some reason the tiller sits much lower on the LP boats than their usual PSA boats. I've heard quite a few people on the Olympic circuit citing this difference as the reason behind the speed of Aussie boats (read sailors), but I think that's just jealousy...
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    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    Do you really think they'd tell us 'LP has been building non-compliant boats, and since we haven't been able to inspect them for three years, there may be thousands of boats which weren't built properly'? Of course not. Just like the PSA 'breach', it will be kept quiet until a party in the know exposes it. What does our region's WC member stand to gain by lying about a manufacturer having compliance issues? Going forward, ILCA needs to be far more transparent with compliance issues and spend more money implementing more frequent factory inspections; especially with new manufacturers coming on board.
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    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    At a recent update from our region's World Council member at one of our district events, they mentioned that 'one of the builders is in a lot of trouble with respect to compliance with the LCMA'. Any guesses as to who that might be? I'd stilly hypothesize that this is the reason LP is yet to be approved; the WC member didn't name the builder.
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    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    I'm not saying that LP have been producing out of compliance boats since being kicked out as a builder, I believe this is something which could potentially have been going on for years... Bearing in mind that LPE stopped allowing inspections from around the time when the "Ice Blue" range of boats were released, following changes to the LCMA as a result of the PSA non-compliance and PSA boats in Europe having the widespread notion of being 'faster'. This would be a great incentive for LPE to try and 'improve' their boats to try and win back market share/brand value in their largest market But, if any of what I have suggested could be going on, I doubt we would ever hear about it officially
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    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    I believe ILCA released a statement saying they completed the inspection? If not, I've been told by other ILCA WC members that there was an inspection, and I fully believe them. And as far as I can see, Andy Roy never explicitly said that they haven't been inspected, more that he was unaware of them being 'inspected and approved'. Thus assuming Andy is on the same page with what I'm hearing from other ILCA officials - that LP have been inspected but not yet approved due to 'breaches yet to be rectified', then clearly there are other breaches not related to annual inspection, which, without knowing the contents of the LCMA, must relate to building procedures
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    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    Perhaps there's a ton of LP boats which are 'illegal'? We know that they didn't allow a factory inspection for three years, which was the initial breach of the LCMA which got them 'booted'. We can also say pretty confidently that an inspection has happened, but Andy said Seems to me that inspection found that LP have been building non compliant boats...
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    Absolutely, positively Laser

    I think this is the most important sentence in what Bruce is trying to say. Instead of thinking of the Laser as a means to an end in running a regatta for a "One Person Dinghy", the Laser or any other Olympic class should be chosen based on it's own merits and popularity to represent the pinnacle competition for the vast majority of racing sailors. This is the opposite to the Nacra 17 - a class designed solely to fill an Olympic 'event' equipment, with the intention of showcasing the sport of sailing, but only demonstrating what .001% of racing sailors do
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    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    Other than the part about ILCA inspecting the factory (which did happen), this is the exact opposite to what I've been told by ILCA higher-ups
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    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    They nearly always have at least two stacks of that many boats on the factory floor
  11. greenwhiteblack

    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    Did LP tell you that? You might be in for a bit of a shock...
  12. greenwhiteblack

    Luca Devoti announces candidacy for VP of World Sailing

    So the guy who started legal proceedings against WS is running to be their VP...
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    Tokyo 2020

    Good luck to the USST for the rest of the quad... That being said, I think it would be cool if they brought in someone who will continue Malcolm's strategy/direction, but with a little more experience and contacts for generating corporate sponsorship
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    Tokyo 2020

    In AUS I'd say it's a 50/50 split between sailors in the national team who do and don't go to uni. Sailing at Uni Games (our main inter-uni comp.) has only become a thing recently, and the Olympic aspirants who take part only do so as a week off for drinking - none of the unis participating train for it seriously. As I mentioned earlier, I think Australian unis are a lot more flexible in catering to elite athletes. Since none of our Olympic/elite sports have major competitions at collegiate level, unis are much more accommodating to athletes who don't represent their uni in their chosen sport. Most of our national team athletes who attend university are given the time off to go to Europe to race, and are also given study options to allow for this. Similarly, unis here are happy to let athletes complete their courses at a part time pace if necessary.
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    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    Ha! I wish we got a 50% mark up...