Sb3 Class Fire Lp

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I see from today's news and forums that the sb3 class have managed to divorce themselves from LP. That must be a massive relief for them. Does anyone know the story?

Why can we not do the same thing with the Laser 1 and get a company that actually cares, carries stock, is run by sailors rather than that bunch of muppets at LP?
 
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I see from today's news and forums that the sb3 class have managed to divorce themselves from LP. That must be a massive relief for them. Does anyone know the story?
Why can we not do the same thing with the Laser 1 and get a company that actually cares, carries stock, is run by sailors rather than that bunch of muppets at LP?
It sounds as if the SB3 (now SB20) change was driven by the designer according to this report. He appointed a different builder and set up a new organization to handle global sales and marketing. I suspect that when Global Sailing bought the design rights for the Laser from Bruce Kirby they had a similar plan in mind.

The designer of the SB3 sportsboat Tony Castro has announced that the global sales and marketing of the hugely successful sportsboat is to be carried out by a new organisation Sportsboat World.

Sportsboat World is founded by SB20 designer Tony Castro. In partnership with Jerry Hill, Alan Hillman and Mark Richards, Sportsboat World will promote the design and manufacture of sportsboats. Jerry is a former UK Class Chairman and 2010 SB3 world champion, whilst Alan and Mark are the partners of the SB3 specialists firm Rigging Gurus.

Tony Castro has appointed White Formula in the UK, who built the first 50 boats in 2002, as the licensed SB20 builder. New boats have been ordered and are due for delivery from 1st August 2012. Parts are available with immediate effect from www.sportsboatworld.com and via a revised dealer network.
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