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Laser Performance No Longer Licensed, Kirby "Torch" is the New Laser


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Why shocking? The writing has been on the wall for a very long time.

If Kirby couldn;t get the court case heard and resolved quickly then it is in his best interests to find another way around this. As he owns the rights to the design he can do pretty much what he likes.

If ILCA has half a brain cell (and by extension the ISAF) they will follow this (this is kind of an extension of what they have been trying to do albeit in a different way). Kirby may even agree to drop his case against them if they do (to sweeten the deal).


I'm sad that in order to do this he had to change the name to "Torch". The Laser is an iconic name as well as the design.
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from what i have read i can completely understand kirby's position. my only question is; when i sail on the weekend am i sailing a kirby torch or laser?


I think the answer is if you already have a Laser, it's still a Laser. It just has the same design as the Kirby Torch and can race in Kirby Torch class races if/when they happen.