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    LP no longer an approved builder-- why?

    Not everyone goes to regattas, they only sail club races. Further, over here there are a heap of non class sanction events where they could potentially be used. Unless we tell our clubs we don't want them or the other "training" equipment at our club, it will creep as being acceptable.
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    LP no longer an approved builder-- why?

    None of the "training equipment" should ever have been something for the dealers to avoid, there should never have been a market for it. It was always up to the clubs to say, "If you want to compete in the Laser Division, you must be sailing a legal boat and as members of the laser class in...
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    LP no longer an approved builder-- why?

    Unfortunately so. It also will attract those that hope that they will be permitted at all regattas eventually.
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    LP no longer an approved builder-- why?

    The trouble with this argument is that the ICLA inspects the factories specifically to check that the boats are being built in a manner that complies with the Construction Manual and the boats do measure in within the specs. The only group not complying is LP
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    Welcome to the Gamma Class!

    I can't really comment on whether those items are in spec or outside spec. But discussion with Chris 10 years ago suggested that at the time the ILCA had an issue with the consistency of the boats leaving PSA. For example if the tolerance was +/- 1kg, PSA could build with in 0.1kg. LP were...
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    Welcome to the Gamma Class!

    Equipment has always and will always leave the factory that doesn't measure in, the quantity can be reduced with QC. I used to be really annoying to PSA, as I used to find a heap of equipment that failed to measure, straight from the factory door. Ever laser used at the Terrigal World 10 years...
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    LP no longer an approved builder-- why?

    Whilst PSA makes fewer boats, they also have significantly fewer moulds. I think the real difference is in the management and production staff, they are qualified shipwrights and most of them actually sail. They actually understand the product they are building and if anything find themselves...
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    LP no longer an approved builder-- why?

    You are forgetting that LP wasn't paying the royalities to Kirby (or PSA). This situation has been brewing for a decade. For the life of me I can't understand why anyone inside the LP market area would be upset as It seems that there has been supply issues for at least a decade, not experienced...
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    Starting: shooting up to defend hole

    My bad. To distracted by life at the moment,
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    Starting: shooting up to defend hole

    You would need to look at the case histories and not the rule book. If in the manoeuvre you start moving backwards, rather than being a starboard tack boat going backwards, you could be considered a port tack boat going downwind with an extremely blunt bow.
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    Laser Performance UK announcement on Facebook

    I see this just as a continuation. LP has been more about themselves for a decade, from the licencing, to the supply chain etc. At the time when licencing issue arose even in Australia, PSA was made out to be the bad guys and LP was the one being dealt with harshly, but even then people were...
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    Laser Performance UK announcement on Facebook

    I'm not sure I agree with all that. The ILCA was initially very much on the side of LP and against PSA and Kirby. Remember the vote?
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    The C5: What we know so far

    Very different to us. We've had a growing radial fleet from its inception. Having Jacqui Ellis win the first Women's Radial Worlds in 1988 helped as most of the other females rapidly switched to the new rig, as did the smaller guys. Additionally switching to the radial for the male youths pushed...
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    The C5: What we know so far

    As someone that lived through that era,, I disagree. The smaller guys and the women one week would be sailing standard rig and the next be sailing a radial as they switched to the new rig. At one regatta there would be 10 radials and 90 standard rigs and in a few months time there would be 25...
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    Eight Bells Jeff Martin

    Sad news.
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    Tying handle loops onto the sail adjustment lines

    Fully agree. If you only do exactly what the top guys are doing, the best you'll ever achieve is getting close to them, you'll never beat them. You need to think for yourself to do it better than them.
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    Draft stripes

    Anything that allows your boat to stand out uniquely on the starting line and to be later identified i.e when your sail number becomes visible will assist the race committee to uniquely identify you, even as you cross the finishing line.
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    Draft stripes

    They were wrong to do so. Had the German team argued that it was advertising for the German Team / German Sailing Federation, then as long as it does not contravene the Advertising Code, it is legal.
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    Draft stripes

    You would be hard pressed to find an International Measurer that would enforce that, particularly as you are permitted self advertising including graphics on the sail.
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    Size of the blocks: how important is it?

    Totally agree LaLi. I'd go one step further and suggest that under signicant load (vang for sure) there is minimal difference in friction of a non ball bearing block and a ball bearing block.
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