Sail-World.com  Wednesday 01 October 2014

Home Graphical | News Text | Powerboat-World | Photo Gallery | MarineBusiness | Powerboat-World | Video Gallery | Cruising | Newsletter Subscription Here | Search Sail-World


sail-world.com -- Kirby Torch replaces Laser, production heads to Canada

Kirby Torch replaces Laser, production heads to Canada    
Fri, 12 Apr 2013

Bruce Kirby, a Canadian and the original designer of the Laser, is now launching the 'Kirby Torch'. The Laser sailboat is no longer in production in North America and Europe and because the Laser trademark is being held by the former builder, the boat’s name had to be changed in order for Bruce Kirby’s design to continue to be sold world-wide as a One Design class.

The newly-christened Kirby Torch has a very Canadian focus. The Laser started in Canada, quickly becoming an IYRU-recognized international class in 1974. Then in 1983, the original builder went bankrupt and rights to the design reverted to Bruce Kirby Inc.

After decades as probably the most active sailing class, a similar problem has arisen. The issue is supply of the Kirby sailboat and parts to sailors worldwide. Numerous bloggers and sailing writers have complained of supply and quality issues with products from the North American and European builders and royalty payments owed to Kirby had ceased. After numerous attempts, Bruce Kirby felt he had no choice but to withdraw Laser brand building rights in North America and Europe.

Read more here

by Canadian Yachting



Our advertisers are committed to our sport, please support them! (Graphics)
Contact us , ph: +61 2 8006 1873, , fax: +61 2 8076 0459 or complete our feedback form. View our Privacy Policy. Photographs are copyright by law, if you wish to use a photograph from www.sail-world.com, please Contact us. [Go Home(Graphics)]
Make sail-world.com Australia my default page.    Make sail-world.com Cruising International my default page.  Make sail-world.com Cruising Australia my default page.  Make sail-world.com Asia my default page.   Make sail-world.com New Zealand my default page.   Make sail-world.com UK my default page.   Make sail-world.com USA my default page.  


Visit another region : Sail-World Australia    Sail-World Cruising International   Sail-World Cruising Australia   Sail-World Asia   Sail-World New Zealand   Sail-World UK   Sail-World USA