While its usually not a great source Wiki actually has a fairly non-biased summary here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_(dinghy). Its a bit out of date but will give you an idea. The impact on the majority of sailors - other than providing an interesting debate topic over which to share some beers - has been close to zero thanks to some good work by the class association. Laser fleets on average appear to be doing quite well relative to the trends in the sport.I cant follow this, tried reading this thread start to finish, its all over the place. What I can gather is someone built some Lasers and didnt pay royalties to the designer, is that right? So how does the Torch tie into this, thats the confusing bit. Locally the class has stalled, lots of near new boats for sale at low prices, talking to the owners and searching the web results in many different stories.
Seems to be a few contributers on here who have some insight into whats going on, any chance of a couple of simple paragraphs that sum up the situation from the start through to now?