Good on ya for the intro, Gantt! That's a way better spend of your energy!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.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.
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 Vanguard boat, the other a PSA boat which I thought was interesting.
When I wrote "The moment we stop talking about the things that are important to the Laser class, is when the class risks losing it's way.", what crossed my mind was the most important thing is to go sailing - that the talk about sailing stuff is of the highest importance. However I also believe that it's really important that Laser sailing gets this right - and when I say right - I mean recognises Kirby's role properly and without treating him poorly, and improvements to the ILCA made.
Everybody wants fair play, a well-run organization, better/cheaper boats and equipment, larger participation, lower taxes, better Medicare, a greener planet and the elimination of poverty. I bet Rastegar, the ILCA and BKI would support all these. But once you throw personal interest, egos and $ in the mix, everybody sees different solutions through the lenses they view such matters. Hence the lawsuits. And until these are settled, progress (on the sailing bits anyway) is on hold. The initial few hundred posts on what may or may not happen were kind of interesting, but it's been like summer reruns for months.