I strongly disagree that PSA/GS, the management and owners are not interested in making the class better. For starters, Chris is also a person who competes in lasers. From my discussions with him in the past, his production staff and Chris himself are qualified boat builders or in the process of gaining those qualifications, many of whom sail. Chris was employed because of the expertise he brought with him from much more high tech boat building. His staff are not just some bloke that has been employed to lay fibreglass as if it's a bathtub as with LP’s production staff. Chris from my understanding has been pushing for improvements in the way which the other factories around the world produce their boats, whilst still remaining within the methods and procedures contained within the builders manual and this includes staff exchanges between the factories so that we all get a better product. Note the Australian build boats are considered better by many than the ones built elsewhere. On top of this, the factory is present at most of the larger events with spares, accessories, charter boats etc and are regular sponsors of regattas or at least provide products for raffle or prizes. The Spencer family who own PSA & GS have been involved in the class for an extremely long time, I suspect they actually set up the original Australian factory back in the mid 70's (someone please correct me if I'm wrong). Essentially the only product PSA makes is the original Laser which is supplied into a very small market in our region (i.e. Aust, NZ and a few pacific nations), we don’t have Laser 3000 etc in Australia, it’s in PSA best interest to support the class and make the best possible product and keep the class as strong as possible. Now look at the ILCA, who really are the members of the class association. Have we done the class harm by not only rejecting replica gear? Have we let people compete in the class using replica gear or turned a blind eye to it? Replica gear is only in the market because someone's buying it and using it, one can to somewhat understand sails but mast plugs, battens, rudders & centreboards etc? When the class became Olympic, we handed much of the control of our destination to ISAF, every 2 years they dictate where the worlds are to be held, despite that I don’t see many hosts which would be considered third world Australia, Canada, Croatia, France, Italy, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, UK and USA even Brasil, South Africa and Thailand are far from being third world countries despite their social / economic problems. Was the ILCA working in our best interest when they gave control of the class to ISAF and does ISAF always have the Laser Class best interests in all their decision making. Don’t get me wrong, PSA does get things wrong and they have spent many hours correcting issues in bulk (radial bottom sections, hiking straps, Centreboards etc) so I doubt they look forward to me looking at their product. They now make a very good product albeit relatively expensive, but to say they (and GS) don’t have any interest in making the class better is completely wrong.