Laser Storm over Rule Change, 505 Worlds and more

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 01 Apr 2011

Australian referendums are quite robust affairs, but ultimate they might seem like tea parties compared to the potential storm brewing in the Laser Class, over attempts to change some of the Class Rules. Yesterday we interviewed Bruce Kirby, the original Laser designer and a sailing icon - he has some fairly forthright views on where the Class might be heading.

Stay with us on this, for other Classes its looming as a lesson and if the potential changes get up, it could have major ramifications for boat designers.

The Sail-World Team

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Laser Class major rule change – A disaster says Bruce Kirby
Rob Kothe and the Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. In this interview Kirby gives his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explains why it would be a disaster.... [more]
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Craig Heydon,
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Laser Rule changes – Major issues for World's largest sailing Class,
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SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Finn Class update
Robert Deaves,
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Yachting WA,
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SAP 505 World Championship races 5 and 6 video
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SAP 505 World Championship, Hamilton Island, Queensland races 5 and 6 video.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans sprint four - Canadian Hatfield leads
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SAP 505 World Championship 2011 toughest day yet
Di Pearson,
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SAP 505 World Championship sailor's remarkable story
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2011 Live in Sabot Development Camp this weekend
Paul Blundell,
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Ocean Racing Club of Victoria Rip Tour
John Curnow,
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Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy - High stakes in Palma
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
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ISAF Match Race Rankings March 30
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Barcelona World Race finish draws closer
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - As the time ticks steadily closer to the first finish of this race, the closing proximity to the final line, be it a few days or two weeks away, means that the release after 89 days of racing is weighing heavily on the minds of many of the skippers now nearing the home strait, be that in actual fact, or more metaphorically.... [more]
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SAP 505 World Championship video
505 Worlds,
SAP 505 World Championship 2011. Perfect sailing conditions as Races 3 and 4 finally got underway. The racing proved to be a test of performance, of swift and tactical maneouvres.... [more]
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Oracle Racing News - Edition 3 - covering the latest entries
Oracle Racing,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 28 March 2011 covering the latest entries and fleet sailing in the Hauraki Gulf and more.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup heads to Palma
ISAF Sailing World Cup event three of the seven event series starts on 3 April in Palma, Spain. Nick Thompson (GBR) has a commanding 12 point lead in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Laser Standings. Thompson has amassed 37 points out of a possible 40 after claiming gold at Sail Melbourne and finishing fourth at the Rolex Miami OCR.... [more]
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ISAF Match Racing World Championship 2011 - Is it Richard's time?
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SAP 505 World Championship - US and Aussies close on leaders
Di Pearson,
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