Hi As you all know, I am a fool (surely because I use bottom and top covers always, if my Laser is at the storage range …). Help me to understand something about the game we like to play, called: active/ambitious Laser-Sailing. All I know (for Europe): When the Laser was born, she came with the Elvstroem Sail. Years later, this sail has been replaced by first sail of Haarstick followed by another Haarstick (that with the word “compucut” in the sailsticker), a couple of years later. Then I guess, at the early 90ties, the Hyde 3.8 oz sail has been introduced. Has there been any “membership approval” at each change of the sail at those days? Did at those times active racing Laserites ever realized or protested, that perhaps in any “garden-variety” – “official ranking race event” competitors sail the new Hyde 3.8oz as well as the 1st Haarstick sail and the follow-up of Haarstick (the Compucut)? How far does at that races has been satisfied the fundamental rule or the One-Design thought? How many voters (of all permitted voters) did vote in Summer 2010 at the last ILCA ballot for new Laserparts/Laserrules? How many voters one need to get an honest/meaningful election? Do all serious racing Laserites worldwide in future now go and buy the expensive new superdooper-awesome bi-radial cut sail to find themselves 20 places more in front of the racing fleet, compared to others (that have the same sailing abilities, but) that do not even are able to buy an unused “oldstyle”-3.8 oz Hyde for half to the price of the modern cut sail? Let me tell you this btw: Three days ago I was asked in a different forum than TLF by a frequently sailing newbie: ”Hey, my old sail got a tear and the batten pockets failed. I am a teenager and love Laser sailing and I am sailing my old Laser on a flooded gravel pit.” What’s your advice, Lu! Heini, Jeff, Devin etc. would you honestly and with a clear conscience advise him in future to buy the new bi-radial that probably more cost than his complete oldish boat, only to sleep calm by the dream: this guy maybe/probably join in future 1 official Laser Race and then he leastwise sails a legal boat…?? … Well my answer has been: Go to a sailmaker. Don’t pay more than 100 Euro. If the cost for the repair will be more, visit an online-auctioning-platform to bet for a used sail or ask friendly sailing clubs in your neighbourhood, for they perhaps offer you a used Laser sail in better condition for ~100 Euro. Important for me is: I like to play the game called Laser sailing, if it is really (or nearby) on a one design level. How long does it take, before all the competitors around me in the racing fleet sail the same equipment like me? Or: Is that a pious hope of a fool on a Laser, only? Cheers and not forget to have fun on the water LooserLu PS: @ Wavedancer: You need a proof? ->If you are clever enough, yourself you find a proof by searching for drLaser (under his real name of course) at actual racing results 2010 at Laserraces at Turkey P.P.S: @ gouvernail: I understand a sh*t of what "R & B" are talking about, because of my poor knowledge in English. But, your toons must be definitely a great fun - More of that!