We can't be a strict one-design class if our rules are such a shambles. The Laser was described in this months Y&Y (UK sailing mag) as the "perfect" Olympic class because it is "cheap, easy to transport and demands the highest level of athleticism". We obviously cannot afford to let the rules slip. A note on "ILCA 2001 rule amendment" rigging: The order in which local lasers cross the finish line still has no correlation with the amount of 2001 rigging present on each boat. However, Europe and 420 sailors are defecting to the now-easy-to-sail laser. This has to be a positive sign.