IPLore - I have always appreciated your contributions to these threads combining as they do expert analysis of the legal issues involved and excellent commentary on the negotiating strategies of the various parties, all from an unbiased perspective.I will probably regret resuscitating this discussion from the Torch thread with Gantt. However for the purposes of consistency, I will reaffirm that I believe my position in 2013 was both factually accurate, unbiased and consistent with my position today.
I believe that the Class Association took the correct position on behalf of class members in 2013 and did so in a legally astute and ethical manner. I believe that the best possible position for the sailors is that builders and commercial interests do not control the class. I argued that, in the case of the Laser, no one builder should control the class by having the sole right to appoint builders around the world.......and I believe that whether it be Laser Performance or Global Sailing (PSA) or BKI .
In contrast, Gantt's position does indeed appear to have vacillated. In 2013 he argued that the ILCA was wrong to revoke the rule which would have allowed GS to control the class. In 2019 he argues that ILCA is right to revoke a rule which allows LP to control the class in Europe and NA. .
For the sake of consistency, is Gantt ready to admit that he was wrong in 2013? He was wrong to have suggested that the class took a decision that was not in the best interest of class members? He was wrong in his prediction that there would be dire legal consequences for the class and most especially he was wrong to imply that class officers had acted in unethical and suspicious manner.
Coincidentally (??), the only consistent thread in Gantt's posts is his support for GS's position.
Please keep up the good work.