Some race organisers take an increasingly soft approach in running Laser events. I just had such an experience at our last State Championship with six races planned over a long weekend. Not only was the start time set at 1400 during the peak UV exposure but also at a time when traditionally no wind is found in our bay. This was done to increase "participation" because the parents of junior sailors are apparently unwilling to drive their offspring to an early start or have them sail into the late afternoon when there is plenty of wind. If this is the future I will depart Laser sailing after 42 years in the class.