Bruce Hudson

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    One design sailboat racing. Lasers. ILCA. Kirby. Fair play.

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  1. I wonder if LPE will diversify and make other boats like the Aero.
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    Finn Class making friends?

    Last season 7 Finns competed at the Waiuku club champs. (These are all club sailors). This is just one club in New Zealand. There are 6 Aeros in all of New Zealand. My understanding is that only 3 are regularly used. Competitive Finns are less expensive than Aeros. Establishing new classes is tough, when there are existing established classes like the Finn to compete against.
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    Finn Class making friends?

    Agreed. I expect that there is more to come.
  4. I think we can use a bit stronger language than that. It is my experience (having second guessed him) that what Andy says is accurate. While it is possible that LPE have been approved since Andy last checked, it is extremely unlikely that if LPE has been approved, then the ILCA World Council members are not aware of it. On the other hand, I have many many examples of LPE misinforming. While it is frustrating and annoying to many involved, the ILCA World Council members do a great job of not being sucked into an endless debate. Part of the success of the vote was to make sure that people became aware of who was not telling the truth.
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    Absolutely, positively Laser

    No, I'm not suggesting that. I made the same post on the Facebook page 'The Sailor's Voice' which appears to be widely understood and have received positive feedback. Thank you for your best efforts in your attempts to understand what I said.
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    Absolutely, positively Laser

    Thank you Bill for your best efforts to make a positive contribution to this topic.
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    Absolutely, positively Laser

    No, that is not what I said at all. In my view, it is as appropriate for a new one design class to be introduced to sailing at the Olympic level as it would be to make up and introduce a new racquet sport. While it is possible to create new disciplines, isn't the Olympics is meant to find the best athletes in existing disciplines? In fact, each one design class is its own discipline within the sport of sailing. Each class has a natural life, and it is its popularity that dictates whether or not the class becomes a national or international class. Olympic classes are in my view best chosen from the pool of international classes. The disconnect is to consider the Laser class as the "equipment" used for an event referred to "One Person Dinghy" as this does not reflect reality, rather is a made up thinking imposed, perhaps to justify the regular changing of "equipment" with the disciplines at World Sailing and Olympic events.
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    Absolutely, positively Laser

    That depends which "it" you refer to. What part of what I said do you need clarifying?
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    Absolutely, positively Laser

    For me, one of the biggest disconnects is to consider the Laser class as the "equipment" used for an event referred to "One Person Dinghy". For example, this, from World Sailing: "Council also approved the quota for The Hague 2022 Sailing World Championships where 1,220 athletes will sail in 830 boats. The Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy fleets will be the largest with 120 boats respectively. The next largest will be the Men's and Women's Windsurfer with 100, followed by the Mixed Two Person Dinghy, Men's Skiff, Women's Skiff, Mixed Multihull and Mixed Kiteboard on 70. The smallest fleet will be the Mixed Offshore Keelboat with 40 boats." This does not reflect reality, rather is a made up thinking imposed, perhaps to justify the regular changing of "equipment" with the disciplines at World Sailing and Olympic events. In my view, it is as appropriate for a new one design class to be introduced to sailing at the Olympic level as it would be to make up and introduce a new racquet sport. While it is possible to create new disciplines, isn't the Olympics is meant to find the best athletes in existing sports? In fact, each one design class is its own discipline within the sport of sailing. Each class has a natural life, and it is its popularity that dictates whether or not the class becomes a national or international class. Olympic classes are in my view best chosen from the pool of international classes. Recently, we have seen classes being created. While there have been some successes (49er, Narca 17), their success has not been at club level. Further, they have at the cost of classes like the Tornado. Only the Laser class has successfully become a class used at all levels of sailing. In many ways, the class is the only class which connects grass root sailing with Olympic sailing. It is my hope that other classes achieve similar levels of ubiquity, that the focus of World Sailing becomes as more about growing the sport at club level than focusing on creating new classes and contests at Olympic level. World Sailing needs to support sailing in various local, national and international classes at all levels - and what that looks like is helping existing classes grow, by encouraging participation at more local level. Instead, we see our governing body focus on introducing classes and contests. This is in competition with national contests, and is a step away from the elite competing more regularly in their own countries. These new contests like the World Cup series are at times poorly attended, and is a poor use of World Sailing's resources. Instead, a requirement could be for all Olympic athletes to compete in their country of origin at least five regattas per year. (For some classes, this would require the establishment of local fleets). There is a concerning practice of countries qualifying for the Olympics, then not sending competitors. This practice is not good for the sport, as Member Nation Authorities attempt to boost their percentage of Olympic medals per competitors. This concerning practice is devastating for competitors who have dedicated years to the sport, and negatively impacts on local fleets. If there truly is to be a progression from beginner levels (both junior and adult) to elite levels, then reconnecting our governing body with the grass roots of sailing is an imperative.
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    World Sailing in the Red. Where has all the money gone?

    Everybody? There are at least a couple of people who still race Lasers. PS: So far as I am aware, growth of the Aero in NZ remains at zero. There are six Aeros in NZ, and three are used regularly.
  11. A huge supporter of one design racing, Luca in my view would bring positive change. Luca announced on his interview with Tom E on Sailing Illustrated..
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    Contenders

  13. The licensing, commercial interests and disputes are mostly independent to the decision to retain the Laser as an Olympic class. (In fact, they are reasons to not retain the Laser) World Sailing is involved once they recognize a class as international. The growth of the Laser is assisted by the class being Olympic, however is not entirely dependent on it. It is complex and dynamic.
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    Absolutely, positively Laser

    I didn't ask, but thanks.