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    EurILCA recommends 'NO' on the 'Name Change' rule change

    Just for the record, non authentic lasers parts are not "useable for club racing" when racing a laser. The ILCA and the districts around the world run association events and can easily control the entries at those events by saying the must be laser compliant. But at club, clubs can permit any...
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    EurILCA recommends 'NO' on the 'Name Change' rule change

    Looking at what the ILCA has published in the preamble to the vote, it would appear that a no vote will likely result in the Laser losing Olympic status. The current dispute between builders and the ILCA, is likely in my opinion to all parties not agreeing with the World Sailing requirements. LP...
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    From the measurements' table in Athens (European Championship U19)...

    It's not up to you or the event measurer to permit illegal equipment or make an interpretation of the rules, it is either permanently legal or permanently illegal. The only person that can make an interpretation of the rules is the World Measurer. Making existing illegal equipment "legal" can...
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    From the measurements' table in Athens (European Championship U19)...

    Raises hand on all 4 booms. Actually, I can say the same for 2 hulls, 4 rigs with spares, etc. Like what I've said previously, if something on a boat appears different you need to check whether it is legal. I rejected 140 boats at the Terrigal Open Worlds that were later used for the Masters...
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    From the measurements' table in Athens (European Championship U19)...

    The boats left the boat builder with no sail numbers on the sail, so essentially no laser has ever been class legal when it left the factory. It is up the owner to make the boat legal.
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    Olympic status

    In Australia our regatta fleets have decreased since becoming an Olympic class. Personally I think just dump sailing from the Olympics.
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    Help with rigging

    Ok from what I can see 1. The pulley as mentioned by LaLi is illegal. 2. There is a second line attached to the hiking strap which is illegal 3. The plastic stopper on centreboard is missing and has been replaced with a piece of rope both are illegal 4. I'm happy to be corrected as I can't...
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    Digit fonts on the Laser sail *Advice please!*

    Measurers don't spot everything. Different measurers focus on different things and we are also reliant on volunteers who aren't very experienced when it comes to gear checking. Additionally we have less than 5 minutes to completely check an boat, it isn't as easy as you might think. The class...
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    Main sheet length

    Going upwind there is about 4m of mainsheet in use. Even with a 12m mainsheet, there is still 8m of mainsheet floating around in the cockpit. It doesn't matter if you have the fanciest mainsheet in the world, you need to manage that rope so that when you bear off it runs freely, so in my opinion...
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    Main sheet length

    51 feet (15.5m) as it allows me let the boom fully forward in extreme conditions.
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    Water in mast

    A sponge taped to the end of an old batten does the same trick if you're really want to be pedantic. Personally I just use the bottom section to absorb the water and pull it out that way, alternatively if you tie you boat on to the trolley, you can just turn th e boat onto it's side without the...
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    Boat supply Open Letter

    You do realise that the Europe Dinghy is the old European Moth, before the class was merged with amended rules to form the International Moth. Some wanted to continue sailing the pre merger Moth and it was renamed the Europe Dinghy.
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    Boat supply Open Letter

    Moths, Mirrors, and a host of other domestic classes were affordable before the Laser arrived on the scene. They were the mainstay of the masses. Dinghy sailing at least in my region has virtually died in the 50 years with most clubs with 20-25% of the number of members or boats on the water.
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    Boat supply Open Letter

    Just remember that the ILCA openly resisted for about 15-20 years becoming an Olympic Class because traditionally becoming an Olympic class has been a death nail for that class. The strength of the Laser class has been the result of the stability in the design, with only small well considered...
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    Boat supply Open Letter

    May be in Europe, but I think in Australia and New Zealand (I suspect North America also) it would be beneficial. Club sailing and regattas would revert back to being for those with a passion for sailing rather than for over coached kids and a few Olympic hopefuls that use the rest of us as...
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