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Bill5

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  1. I don't believe it would reduce fleet sizes either, but it seems there are those that think it would have a detrimental effect. I think the whole Olympic thing puts undue pressure on the class. I have seen various posts regarding the inability of the class to make changes leading up to Olympic years. This benefits no one and is another shackle preventing necessary change. I believe the Laser being in the Olympics is a bigger benefit to the IOC than it is to the Laser. There are very few Olympic events that attract "real" competitors from as many countries as does Laser racing.
  2. 30 is a nice number. So let's pretend this ILCA/BKI/Rastegar shit show (or any other reason for that matter) results in the elimination of the Laser as an Olympic class after 2016. All else being equal, what do you think would happen to the size of your fleet?
  3. I'd pay to watch Gantt, Wess and IPLore together on the start line.
  4. I'm with you, Gouv, but no need to rip anybody a new one... What makes this more doable than other classes is no one is really complaining about the basic design of the boat; it seems the sail and top section are the only things that really need to be changed out. (Although a decent bailer set up would be nice). Anupgrade in cosmetics is also well overdue.
  5. I didn't join The Torch, but I sent a supportive note, just because I think BK got screwed out of some royalties. So, Tiller Man, do you think a "simple" claim for owed royalties without all the other shit would have been more appropriate?
  6. I like Gouv's plan. Done right, it should create harmony on a global basis with a number of qualified builders committed contractually to strict one design principles. A properly (re)constituted ILCA could control change as directed by the membership. I like it. Fuck. I am falling into this rabbit hole...
  7. bill4, I hope that my posts may not in the end have the slightest impact on the direction of the Laser class, which incidentally is dominated by good people who have a strong sense of fair play. However I also hoped that Kirby's legal would have been over my now. I hoped that the ILCA acted differently, and I appreciate respect, really I do. Yesterday I helped introduce another person to sailing. It wasn't in a Laser (she was a bit young), but maybe one day. Also helped two people make small adjustments to their Laser rigs and chatted about the race that was about to happen. One was a Vanguar
  8. Not sure how my initial Zzzzz's wound up above Gantt's latest verbal onslaught. Respectfully, Gantt, your pontifications are not going have the slightest impact on the direction of the Laser class. Find two friends to sail Lasers and you will be providing a much more beneficial contribution.
  9. It does not depower well if you sail light, among others. A well sailed radial is very competitive when it's blowing.I've been beaten by more radials than I want to remember....EOK - perfecter than most.... Plus, I learned to sail a Laser pre-radial days as a teenager weighing in under 150lbs. What I learned about sailing in a breeze was way more valuable than being able to simply depower.
  10. It does not depower well if you sail light, among others. A well sailed radial is very competitive when it's blowing.I've been beaten by more radials than I want to remember....E OK - perfecter than most....
  11. So the battle lines are drawn both on this site and in the courts, and everyone has their own take. Well, it's out of the hands of all the participants in this incredibly lengthy blog which at times has been interesting, but is largely boringly repetitive. Lots of prognostication on how the courts will interpret some obviously poorly structured contracts which nobody on this site was party to creating. Gouv's ongoing endearing pleas for a well run, supportive association working closely with altruistic builders are consistent and sometimes interesting to read, while Gantt's wrist-slitters are
  12. Honestly - my misspelling of Gantt was purely unintentional. Or perhaps Freudian.
  13. Psssst! Gannt! You misspelled ILCA in your "Interests". Change it fast and no one will notice. Or is this some sort of code word?
  14. International intrigue! Conspiracies! Contract breaches! Double agents! Personal attacks! Riged voting! Amateur legal practitioners! And a little boat on a napkin... Who'd have thunk it. Long live SA! Rigged...
  15. Gantt, you really need to take up a hobby to deal with your writing addiction and obsession with this lawsuit. How about sailing? Probably less time consuming. And don't worry, the Laser is the cockroach of sailboats - nothing can kill it.
  16. Interestingly, he was pleased as punch when the GRP foils were introduced in 2010. These were introduced for the same reason as the new sail and top section - durability with no noticeable performance differential. A conspiracy theorist could probably find a line to draw in to Mr Crane's commercial interests in all this.
  17. I can imagine how that call would go... Gantt: Good morning, Mr. Crane. This is Gantt calling on behalf of Sailing Anarchy members. I would like to ask you a couple questions to help sort rumors, lies, and bullshit, from the truth regarding the pending approval of a new, more durable sail for the Laser, as well as a new, more durable carbon top section. Have you a couple moments to spare? Bill Crane: Fuck off. Click. Go for it, Gantt! The over/under on the duration of Gantt's call with Bill Crane is 20 seconds... I'll take the under (and no slow-talking, Gantt!)
  18. I can imagine how that call would go... Gantt: Good morning, Mr. Crane. This is Gantt calling on behalf of Sailing Anarchy members. I would like to ask you a couple questions regarding your reluctance to approve a new, more durable sail for the Laser, as well as a new, more durable carbon top section. Bill Crane: Fuck off. Click.
  19. Robert Scheidt. No shoes. Feels shifts with his toes.
  20. Oooo. You don't want to drink that water...
  21. CORK (Canadian Olympic Training Regatta Kingston) is in Kingston, Ontario on (funny enough) Lake Ontario. The 1976 Summer Olympics were there (for sailing). Expanded well beyond Olympic classes over the years.
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