A few months ago the ILCA asked its members whether you and your chosen successors should be cut out of the Laser financial picture and permanently removed from any position where you might possibly be exerting any official influence over the future of the design with repect to racing . The class has voted to no longer officially care whether builders have a contract with the designer or his asignees. There is more. After all those years when you supported the game and made certain builders contributed generously to the Class organization, the class officers campaigned vogorously for and successfully convinced the members it was pointless to return support to you. The results say 90% of those who voted think the Class has no reason to stand up and make certain you continue to receive royalties for creating the boat we all love to sail. There will be no future support from the ILCA. Oh yes...If that doen't make you feel bad enough?? Please realize, the class will continue to demand that all builders own rights to use the laser Logo and name. That stuff is WAY more important to our officers and 1017 voters than the actual boat you designed.. After all, without your design brilliance we could still have all the Laser races we please. Although the boats might have looked more like this. On behalf of all of us who appreciate Bruce Kirby's efforts and continued support for the last four decades , I would love to pass on my true feelings to the 1017 of you who voted for no further influence from our designer and most long term supporter of the great game of Laser sailing... but life is short and time wasted communicating with you could be spent enjoying the company of decent people.