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    VOR 2017-18

    For many of us, we race OD and we can relate to the current format using OD. Starboard port tack crossing in the bottom of the Southern ocean. Near miss in the fog the first night after leaving port. Not sure what changes are coming, but I would not be interested in underfunded campaigns where the boats are in constant repair or dropping out because they ran out of money.
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    VOR 2017-18

    Seb Marsset is on with Dongfeng! I hope Charlie and Mark are getting a team together.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Can some one please stick a note at the top and let us normal folks know what the current status is. I am not interested in reading through all the shit slinging. I look at this tread once a month and my eyes glaze over.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Funny thing about cash cows is that they need to be fed regularly. By not managing LP as well as it should be, he's milk is going bad and we're going hungry.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    He "outed" himself some time ago when talking to the English challenged Truth dude. My name is Bruce Hudson. I am located in New Zealand. I started sailing Lasers in 1983. Currently I am a member of Pupuke Boating club. Periodically, I have been a member of the NZLA (affiliated to the NZLA) though currently am not. In 2011, I voted against the rule change. My intention is to rejoin for next season (starts 1 July) and to sail in the 2014 nationals in Nelson. I care deeply about my sport, which is racing Lasers. If you want to engage with me in a meaningful way which I welcome, then you'll need to lift your game. Under the subject of interests, he includes sailing lasers. Nothing to see here, ojfd. Move along.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    I didn't know Yoda raced Torched Lasers. We need to update the class rules that competitors can not use the force to change the weather. While we are at it, light sabers stay on the dock.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    MOM!! Grandpa is fibbing again!
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Pray tell where does it say ISAF? Torched Lasers come from the same mold. Hell, my boat no longer has a Laser logo on it after all the repairs.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Those were not the ISAF plaques. They are silvery and on the other side of the cockpit. See for yourselves. http://www.claysails.com/index.php?q=gallery&g2_itemId=1511
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    As some one who works in the electronic components industry, your assumption of lower cost because of "Chinese factories" is totally wrong. The truth of the matter, China is actually on the high end of the cost scale for Asian manufactures, but all of them have ridiculously high failure rates. Your GPS or iPod craps out? Return it and get another one. For our Military customers (who grants us double the margins) and some commercial customers, those bits get manufactured in US or EU because the cost of failure is higher than the cost of an annoyed teenager. That cost of re-work/replacement means no lower price per boat. Boat building is a labor intensive venture and I doubt that there is a business plan to justify a single builder. My boat is 149xxx and I beat a guy with a 210xxx hull last week along with other guys who have newer hulls than mine. Your solution would produce consistency alright... consistently bad boat for the same price.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Go to www.ISAF.org and tell me the first sponsor you see as event partner and supplier. There are a number of event partners listed (including Neilpryde, Ovington and Nautivela), I don't see anything suspicious about Maclaren being one too. The image is just a GIF. I just thought it was funny. As a board member for a non-profit, I know about getting sponsors. The bigger the donation, the bigger the ad space. I just never seen a LPE advertising before, even in the most recent Laser Sailor mag.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Go to www.ISAF.org and tell me the first sponsor you see as event partner and supplier.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    That's what the Russians have been doing for ages. These are not allowed in Laser fleets, but the competition, even Nationals (if I'm not mistaken) takes/took place. Some of the Russia's hotshots competed in these in the past We have a sailor from Ukraine and yes, they built and distributed these faux-Lasers all over the old USSR. He is the only sailor I know that can rig a square bathtub and sail. Clean - The only Trademarks in dispute is Kirby's own name on the plaques issued after he notified ILCA to stop. The danger is that LPE, owning the Laser mark, can still sell boats/parts without the class plaques. If the Aussies try to sell me class legal boats, they risk a successful challenge by LPE over the Laser mark. This is why the Torched Laser Class solution would solve our supply issues. (and everyone loves some TLC after playing bumper boat) LPE has committed, so far, to the Olympics and without interruption to that would make ILCA/ISAF happy.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    That sailing instruction is not valid, so if someone protests you'll have trouble... We've drafted an SI that says that entry in "Laser" races is open to International Lasers, Kirby Torches and anything else with essentially identical hulls if we need it, but we can't change RRS 75 in it if someone cares to protest. Exactly what class rules apply to which boat in those circumstances in respect to RRS 75 is something we intend to kick straight upstairs to the NA if someone does protest, 'cause we're not sure how to interpret the rule. Hopefully no-one will protest. It was agreed in our last annual fleet meeting that If the OEM is not able to service replacement parts (Ex. gudgeons) then equally suitable parts from other suppliers is acceptable. Simply put, we will not be held hostage by a dodgy supplier. If an Opti-parent wants to protest, kick it up to national.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Can someone explain to me ILCA/ISAF cock and bullshit story of "not to disrupt the supply of class legal equipment"? I have the last pair of stabilizers for your dolly sold in North America. You can not buy class legal gudgeons to replace the ones you broke in an dock accident. Need to replace your grab rail? Forget replacement plugs and those hole in the new grab rails will not match the old ones. Some one told me today that mast tops are out off stock. Why in the fuck should I spend my money on this Iranian dyke? Our club sailing instructions state that non-class legal equipment is fine. Soon, Torch boats will be fine. You can be a member of the laser union, laser class, or torch class... first gun is 6:30 Wednesday night. Well said Fred Gouvernall. I was still playing rugby when the vote was cast so I was not yet sailing again, but I am curious on the geo-demographics of the 7.25% of members who voted in 2011.