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  1. Doesn't this apply to a certain individual associated with LP?
  2. ILCA's great leader (Tracy) has looked into the future and sees C rigs in the Olympics in (roughly) ten years (2028?). The latter is speculation on my part, but Tracy has clearly stated that white sails (and aluminum spars) are likely to disappear from the racing scene at the higher levels. At the club level, it may take a lot longer, which is totally fine with me. Nevertheless, better start saving, because the C rigs will come at considerable cost. And, as others have written, I doubt there will be a class vote about the change over.
  3. That response is way over the top and mostly erroneous. Whereas the C5 rig may be coming, it has not been legalized by the Class. And the other C rigs are further behind. PSA hasn't change the names either. Now I will go off speculating, but my prediction is that the first 'official' ILCA C5 regatta (with more than 20 boats) will be two years from now in the Pacific area. Maybe three years from now in the North American region. In the meantime, there will be many regattas with close to 100 Laser/ILCA boats where I could embarrass myself. Finally, as Bruce Hudson has already pointed out, there will be other builders at some point in time, even if LP continues in obstruction mode. In the latter context, let's bring out a toast to Dave Clark!
  4. Just got the ILCA Laser Sailor winter issue. Andy Roy (Chairman of the North American region) has some more 'inside' info. LP has signed an NDA ( Non Disclosure Agreement) with the Class. But whether LP will sign the agreement presented by the Class remains to be seen. According to Andy, LP now needs to sign the FRAND documents and resolve its construction agreement breaches. To me, that sounds like a sour apple for LP to eat. Interestingly, and notwithstanding all the 'noise' made by EurIlCA leadership and JPK (blogger), only about 11% of the European members actually voted. For North America, this percentage was 61%, resulting in a big win (78%) for the Class proposal.
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    Rules: about redress

    With respect to bowmen calling the line, when is the last time you saw one of those on a Finn?
  6. Wavedancer II

    Rules: about redress

    Thank you Brass; that's exactly the info I was looking for. It's clear that the Protest Committee acted according to the RRS and precedents. With respect to another issue brought up, I agree that it's frequently impossible to judge whether one is over the line. To mention a few reasons On a busy dinghy start (no electronics to ping the line etc.), one may not even see the pin end One may not see the flags either due to surrounding boats; only those starting close to the boat end have that luxury. Similar points were made earlier by LionessRacing and European Bloke.
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    Rules: about redress

    At the most recent Finn Gold Cup, one of the better guys was OCS, but continued to sail and won the race. Not surprisingly, he was DSQ'd initially, but protested/requested redress based on the fact that the X flag (individual recall) was raised late. Apparently this was true. The redress request was granted and the sailor got an RDG score (average of his prior scores) for that race. Somehow I find this odd, since the sailor was OCS after all, but the ruling may have been correct. What do you think? Had this sailor gone back to restart, he would have ended up in the back of the fleet (of about sixty); this is pure speculation, of course.
  8. Wavedancer II

    Laser Sailing Videos

    The Ladies Medal race (2012) is just as interesting as the Men's. Lijia Xu vs Marit Bouwmeester. Their styles remarkably different. Lijia smoother upwind, Marit more movement. But equally fast, it seems. And some great downwinds; on the second one Marit catches quite a few boats after rounding the top mark in eighth position (I think).
  9. What's the relevance of which party started the legal shenanigans many years ago? The main goal should be to get more Laser-like boats on the water and have parts readily available at reasonable cost.
  10. I will offer free rum to Wess and Tillerman if we ever get to sail Sunfish on the same course. And no, it doesn't have to be a Worlds event....
  11. Wavedancer II

    Absolutely, positively Laser

    Gouv, I am sorry, but you are not making sense. You keep emphasizing that your primary effort is to have folks come out and play with toys on the water.
  12. I don't think Kim Anderson's letter to EurILCA (post 4852) is a big (or small) surprise, and I thank Tillerman for posting it. I do hope that EurILCA will accept the new state of affairs in our class...
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    Absolutely, positively Laser

    Good Eye! More or less expensive compared to the trademark sail?
  14. To my Eurilca friends: A US (White House) politician recently uttered these infamous words Get over it!
  15. Wess seems all too eager to unpack his Christmas presents prematurely. Or, in racing terms, sometimes, there's no wind, and the start needs to be postponed...