Guys, Jean-Luc has applied a ruling, the Technical committee are aware of the Bottleport and might enter into discussion with Jean-Luc on whether the product is legal under the current class measurement laws. It's now in their hands to discuss it's legality under the existing rules or to put forward an amendment of the class laws. It's time for the rest of us to move on.
I for one find it quite interesting to discuss the intricacies of said rules, particularly in this case where there is very clearly some gray area, in that the bottleport is technically a inspection port cover. Read one way it's clearly legal, read another way it's clearly not.
Please understand that I'm not trying to 'have a go' at you or any other measurer, you said yourself that discussions with other measurers have made you rethink your opinion.
The crux of the issue here seems that the bottleport is an enigma, it's somewhat of a storage bag, and somewhat of a port cover, but not exactly either. I just happen to find it Interesting that the legislative body of ISAF can be thrown such a curve ball by a very innovative and clever idea.
Finally, I think the proper amount of restraint vis-a-vis the class rules by ruling it illegal, until such time that members can vote on it. When such time occurs, I'm certain that it will easily become legal, and hdco1313 can be most properly rewarded for his invention.
My apologies for not bringing the wine.