Disclaimer: I'm not a racer because there are virtually no races near me, and, to be honest, I could care less about racing so my thoughts are my own based soley on what I believe to be common sense Having said that, isn't the whole sail issue much easier to resolve? The fact of the matter is that OEM Laser sails are over-priced. A good friend of my family was an exceptional boat builder (retired). He designed and built several very successful 35-40' sailboats, several of which won the Victoria to Maui races. My point is, when it comes to sailboats/sailing, the man is veteran who knows what he's talking about (more so then I!) He bought a lot of sails, big ones. He couldn't believe that a little dinky Laser sail was a whopping $600 Why? Because it's way overpriced compared to what he paid for larger and heavier sails. Some might disagree with that logic. OK, how come an Intensity sail is so cheap then? It's probably even a better sail. But wait, it's not legal ! That's the issue. Am I the only one that understands that OEM products cost way more money? If the rules legislate an OEM sail then, from my view, it's in the best interests of the OEM when the sail is $600 and a virtually identical Intensity sail is sub $200 My point being that the $400 difference is going somewhere.... Being forced to go OEM is nothing but a big advantage to... the OEM. That advantage comes at the cost of the consumer. Any time you stifle competition you get what? Price fixing and/or gouging. Competition however tends to breed two things, one, better quality and two, a lower price. Throughout history we see this. VCR's were originally more then $1,000 Competition, coupled with mass production, reduced them to free with any purchase of $50 or more Historically it's like that with everything. Why not make the solution as simple as this. Allow a person to use either an OEM laser sail or an Internsity sail ? Competition like that would cause the OEM price to drop like a rock or they would pack up and go home because their production methods are less effective. That's the American way. You reward the innovator and you punish the glutton, and as such, the consumer wins and the innovator sells more product making more money based on what? Volume. In any business, when you mass produce something the price typically drops because the manufacturer buys the components needed in higher quantities (he pays less) and then automates, as much as possible, the manufacturing process. This cost savings ultimately leads directly to a lower price for OEM and they usually pass some of that off to the end user - unless you've managed to legislate a monopoly. It's my understanding that more then 200,000 Lasers have been built. That's 200,000 sails. Yet, for more then a decade the price has been fixed at more then $500 Why aren't we, as consumers, rewarding Intensity for making, if anything, a better sail for less then $200 and make it the standard and slowly phase out OEM sails. If the point of the whole thing is standardization and eliminating anti-competitive variations during manufacturing, then standardize on a cheaper model that still maintains the same quality. If you're worried that this would lead to another monopoly, then award several different companies the contract or enforce price management to ensure, once awarded the contract, the company didn't raise the price from sub $200 to $600 Another alternative is to take a que from Stock Car racing where they measure the cars before each race to ensure that someone didn't make one to a slightly smaler scale (this actually happened). They created a very simple measuring jig for this. It takes 5 seconds to put it on the car to ensure that it's 'within spec'. It would not be a problem to ensure that every major event were outfitted with a class legal jig to quickly measure the entrants sail size before each race. This is not rocket science folks! As far as I can see, were it not for the class rules, a person could probably sue using Sherman anti-trust laws as their basis. You could probably make a price fixing/gouging case. Someone is getting fat off an enforced $600 sail when you can buy the same (or better) for sub $200. And remember, it's the consumer that's paying that $400 surcharge (that means you!) In any business, contracts are typically awarded by two things, price and quality. Both have to be present. Yet in the Laser world this is not the case. The Laser world exists in a world where the traditional capitalist system does not apply. It's Bizzare-O world where everything is backwards. For as long as I can remember an OEM Laser sail was always at least $500 - that's going back more then a decade. Because I don't race it's the reason I never bought a new sail. Instead, I made do with my 27 year old sail (I'm not kidding here - my Mom used to sew it back together!). Intensity was the biggest blessing I've ever seen in my little Laser world. I had never seen a brand new sail before I bought theirs. I refused to be gouged. Not only did I get a brand new sub $200 sail but it came with battens, two cases, a fancy clew tie down and the highest quality sailing calendar I'd ever seen. It even came with tell-tales and numbers!! That's an incredible value. You guys would know better then I if the Intenstity sail has the same merit with respect to sailability etc. It's my understanding that it's designed to be more durable then the OEM. My question is this, why aren't we rewarding them for doing an incredible job and, if anything, going more then the extra mile? I doubt anyone would balk if the legislative body woke up one morning and said, "We're going with them". If the worst thing that happened was that everyone had to part with less then $200 to fix this issue once and for all - and they got a brand new sail in the process - then so be it. Why make it more complex then it has to be with entirely new sail designs etc? After many years in the automotive business, the computer industry and in general business I thought I'd seen every possible type of gouging. The thing is though, in every case competition could come in - if they wanted to. It's only in the Laser world where anti-competition practices have been able to be legislated. Normally the federal government steps in when that occurs. Now, I understand that legislation is required due to the one design principle but the fact is, Intensity seems to be making, if anything, a better sail for less then $200 and that tells me one thing - the emporer has no clothes!