Gouv ... What's the status of your 100 boat regatta at Easter next year?What is necessary to start a boat business??
a whole lot of capital, management skill, general business knowledge, and specific boat business knowledge that no one affilated with the class has.
The only hope for the continuation of Laser sailing as the game we have known it is for someone ( even the current copyright owners) to decide to focus on promoting their product by promoting the game we love to play.
The good news is there are lots of folks who have Lasers who live near most every one of us and individually, any one of us, with minimal effort, can organize a fun event of some sort.
The game was once huge and the memories provide the game that remains with some resiliency. Nobody has been organizing and promoting North American Events for a decade and we still have some of those fun events we all enjoy.
You can foget about seeing huge sailing events and growing local enthusiastic fleets until someone with sufficient financial backing decides to grab on to a profitable business plan that happens to include sailboats and racing of sailboats and leap into full on action.
The Laser is still the only game positioned with remnants of a once vibrant and effective organization in place and actual part time dealers in place and an Olympic berth and is still in the best position for a simple and effective promotion but it has a builder with a few years of history indicating no interest in doing so and an organization that ceased to promote and organize the game a decade ago.
It is insanity to repeatedly watch the same thing happening while expecting a different result. Until the people in charge but not running the class and the people who own the copyrights who don't promote and sell boats go away, rational people know nothing will change.
You can, however, control your own life.
Invite your friends with Laser sailing toys out to play with you. You will not only have a great time, it is the only available great time to be had in Lasers.
It keeps getting worse and worse. And with the loss of being a strict one design (where it is about skill of the person more that gear purchased), so the popularity of the class will fade. And I believe the main cause of that trend is the overpriced parts and their lack of availability. So the longer the farce remains unresolved, the worse it will get and the class will continue to lose its popularity, boat 2nd hand values will drop, etc., racing will become more like being part of a handicap fleet ...
Fight, fight, fight!