Over in the news section I made a backhanded perhaps snide post that was seen as a complaint about teh lack of publicity before teh sign up period for teh SF masters Worlds closed. Please note: it isn't really all that closed and if you want to sail, you can still apply and you just may get to sail...as in probably will get to sail. But I digress... In the last dozen years Laser class communication and communication in general has morphed, re morphed and then rebirthed itself througn pahases of Snail mail, newsletters, answering machines, email, email list serves, facebook, texting, twitter, and virtually every form of communication we used to know, with the exception of face to face talking, has gone away or has it?? I regularly use all of the communcation forms mentioned above but I still see value in a good old newsprint quarterly newsletter. Our shiny newsletter is pretty and all that but it is so expensive per column inch, we have stopped sending out that part of the newsletter which I always felt was the verm most important. We used to publish the names, phone numbers, email adresses , website addresses and and even home adresses of the folks to contact all over north america to sail in every fleet we could find and for every regatta we could find. From 1974 until 2002, four times a year, our NA class secretary had to spend a couple days on the phone contacting all those questionable contacts on the list, clubs where there were lasers but nobody had contacted the office recently, Hosts who had run teh "annual" regata last eyar, folks who had said they might be hosts this year, sailrs who lived nearby and might know ANYTHING at all about what the heck happened to the host we THOUGHT we had lined up, parents of sailors we couldn't find, children of parents we couldn't find, why?? because none of us who served as class secretary was willing to publish a newsletter without all that information and listen to the resulting bitching about our failure to publish the information. Then the sailors would receive real tangible mail in their maiboxes in the form of a big fat newsletter full of schedules of upcoming events, sometimes with as many as 300 regattas, and our sailors would spend time looking through the newsletter and considering which events to attend...someday...maybe in ten years...maybe by loading up the car and leaving thursday after work...calling in sick Friday I know all about tehe internet...It's instant But For most of us, that trip to Montana in July is something we discussed over a beer in February and kept discussing and joking about and by teh time July and a warm Montana trip actually was a possibliity, all our friends were sick of our talking about it and just wanted us to go... I understand the shiny newsletter experiment and teh motives of those who wanted to try it. I see a little bit of value in it. I would vote for one annual shiny newsletter with photos of all last year's champions and NOR for all the major Championships for the upcoming year. For any use other than an annual spectacular, I think the current laser sailor format is a waste of effort and money. On the other hand, I think a one year experiment where we try publishing a quarterly retro newspaper with all the information we used to publish is long overdue. Please note, I am long overdue with my suggestion we publish it and long overdue with my offer to help describe the format. But what else can we do?? How would you contact all those billions of people who have never realied we want them to come play with us?? How would you contact a few thousand or even just a few hundred of those who have no idea how welcomed they would be if they showed up at your favorite launch ramp?? Is there any one of us whose reaction would differ much from, "You want to sail lasers with me?? Really?? Well join in. This is today's plan." There are only a very few reasons people do not come to your ramp. They don't know they are welcome. Thye don't know where to get a boat. They don't know you will happily show them how to rig and even sail side by side for a while to get them started. Think how horribly empty your life would be if no one had invited you. No laser sailing?? How horrible would that be?? OK this has gone too far... How would you find more sailors and get them out to play with us?? Where would you target class resources?? How?? Don't be shy. Your ideas are probably different than anybody else's and I bet you are a pretty intelligent person. You do have a laser don't you??