It was agreed in our last annual fleet meeting that If the OEM is not able to service replacement parts (Ex. gudgeons) then equally suitable parts from other suppliers is acceptable. Simply put, we will not be held hostage by a dodgy supplier.That sailing instruction is not valid, so if someone protests you'll have trouble...Our club sailing instructions state that non-class legal equipment is fine.
We've drafted an SI that says that entry in "Laser" races is open to International Lasers, Kirby Torches and anything else with essentially identical hulls if we need it, but we can't change RRS 75 in it if someone cares to protest. Exactly what class rules apply to which boat in those circumstances in respect to RRS 75 is something we intend to kick straight upstairs to the NA if someone does protest, 'cause we're not sure how to interpret the rule. Hopefully no-one will protest.
If an Opti-parent wants to protest, kick it up to national.
it's odd- at our club last night the conversation over torches and lasers naturally drifted into replica sails. The result- a statement this morning saying that only class legal laser sails and parts are allowed in our club fleet. With the exception of 'beginners' (no definition, let's assume season 1/2 straight off the RYA learn to sail course) whose results will not count in the club / class series... that's encouragement for you.
Whilst rigging up for the evening race, there was also a not so subtle 'ticking off' for calling the class the Torch Class - even informally, especially in web comms/emails etc - and that our club and fleet exec position was to support the ILCA.
Speaking to a few folks on the quiet about the 'moral side' of the story this was the general response...
Frankly I found it quite depressing, I thought we sailor folks were a little brighter than that... I guess many of us are, because even a few people I know who I might not always agree with in 'sailing stuff', certainly seem to have a very similar moral opinion to me. However I guess if the Laser boys want to fuck over the guy that gave them the boat they love then so be it.... not a lot of point moralising over it, and really not much point explaining the 'corporate angle' with regards LPE. It's cheap toasters from Walmart again.
Interestingly earlier in the evening there were some RYA execs wandering around auditing or something - all chinos and shore jackets ... I jokingly said, 'so what's your position on the Torch Class then'. They laughed, and replied, 'just smoke and mirrors, something of nothing from Bruce (Kirby) and nothing will change'. Not an official statement of course... but an interesting insight into the group think of sailing's bureaucrats.
I hope to fuck they're wrong.
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