Hey Fred, I've read your post and I understand you're frustrated with how the the registration process for the worlds has gone. Considering this is the first time the new process has been implemented I don't think it has been a disaster and I certainly feel the class will learn from this first experience and improve for the next go around. I understand your concern about the response, "Well it looks like everything will be fine as folks drop off all that truely wish to attend will be able to." Don't confuse this with "We have our heads in the sand and will walk away from this not haveing learned 1 thing to apply to the next event." From the 30,000 foot level, (where our national body should be viewing the health of the class nationally) my experience with them has been that they are attentive and will listen. Most everyone likes good ideas. Typically, what I get from your posts here is here's a guy that used to be heavily involved with the class and is really frustrated with the way things are going today, but I'm never able to pull "ideas" of what will make things better from your posts as it relates to the criticisms of our national governing body. Here's the positive thing I pick up from you Fred. I have followed for several years your relentless promotion of your Easter Event, (which is on my list of regattas to attend) and when I'm involved with organizing an event I copy a lot of what you do with the Easter Deal. The result? Good Participation ! What does this tell me? Our national body is only as strong as our districts. Looking at our class from a grass roots level great districts makes a great national class. My experience in working with Sherri and others at our class office when running a local event has been very positive. If I call or e-mail with questions they are very quick to respond and offer assistance regarding ideas or promotional materials for the event. I have had the luxury of sailing is a strong laser district for years, (D12) from 1983 through 1994. Then I moved to a few states where there was no decent organization of laser sailors. From 1999-2005 Texas was one of those states and was actually the place where I sold my laser and began what I called, "The Rush Creek Yacht Club Fleet Chasing Game." So, I got into the JY 15 which was hot for all of 90 seconds. During this time I saw the rise and fall of the local MC Scow scene, the J24, the Sunfish, The Olsen 30's and finally I hung my hat on the J22, (the class that seemed to do the best job in sustaining itself) during my last 2 years in TX. On my way back east to D12 I picked up my current laser out of New Orleans for dirt cheap as the laser market was/is soft there. So bringing this whole thing full circle I'll put it back to you... In you opinion, what makes a class successful from a local/district level?? From your posts it's easy to see what you think is wrong, but what makes it better? How is the Laser district in TX doing these days? Has it improved since 94'? If so, what caused the previous slump and what was done to turn it around? If not, what do you think can be done to get it going again? You sure know how to run a fantastic annual event. How does that success translate into making the local class stronger? How can this be transferred or retrofitted to help the class from a national basis? That's a lot of questions, but with if you provide thoughtful answers pulling from your many years of experience with our class, (and others) we could be well on our way to something that could be printed by someone that is struggling for ideas in a suffering district. So what do you think? Can we get something positive rolling with this and maybe even some mometum behind it?