Apr 1, 2019

Laser racingPhoto Credit: Tom Walker
 
International Laser Class Association Removes Laser Performance as Approved Builder 
 
Managers of the world’s most popular racing sailboat class are seeking new builders to complement their existing network of manufacturers, the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) announced today.  The move comes after longtime builder of the class dinghy, Laser Performance (Europe) Limited (LPE), breached the terms of the Laser Construction Manual Agreement (LCMA), which seeks to ensure the identical nature of all Laser class boats, regardless of where they are built. 
 
“We’re disappointed to see such a long and productive relationship come to an end, but we had to move ahead in order to protect the level of competition and the investment for the 14,000 members of the International Laser Class and the more than 50,000 sailors around the world who regularly sail the Laser dinghy,” said Class President Tracy Usher.  With its UK-based manufacturing facility, LPE was the ILCA-approved builder that produced boats for most of Europe, Asia and the Americas until earlier this week, when Usher says the class terminated the LCMA with respect to LPE after the builder’s refusal to allow inspection of the boats being built in their manufacturing facility as required by that contract.
 
“The very heart of our class is the ability for any sailor to race any other on an equal playing field, and the only way we can guarantee that level of parity is by ensuring that all builders are producing the boat in strict accordance with the Laser Construction Manual,” explained Usher, who said that LPE has unequivocally denied the class their right to access to LPE’s factory.  “It’s the same for every class of one-design racing boat: if we can’t be sure that they are all the same, we have no class left,” said Usher, who said that LPE left the class “no option.” 
 
Fortunately for sailors around the world, there are already two other manufacturers of class legal boats, one in Japan and another in Australia.  According to Chris Caldecoat, General Manager of Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA), his company is able to take up the slack if needed. “PSA has sufficient capacity to supply the market until new builders are appointed in Europe and around the world,” Caldecoat said. “We have and will always do what is right for the sailors and the sport."
 
“Doing what’s right for the sailors” is really all that matters, according to ILCA Executive Secretary Eric Faust, who emphasized that there will be no disruptions to the the 2020 Olympics or to any major ILCA event.  “Performance Sailcraft Japan will supply all the boats for the Olympic competitions in Tokyo, while the next two World Championships are in regions with Performance Sailcraft factories.  These are existing, class-approved builders so we expect no issues,” said Faust. “We’re confident that we’ll see new builders coming on line soon, and that we’ll once again have a robust dealer network around the world in plenty of time for the lead up to the 2024 Olympics,” he added.  With PSA and PSJ supplying boats and parts to sailors formerly served by Laser Performance over the next few months, Faust expects the disruption to class owners to be minimal or non-existent.  
 
About the International Laser Class Association
 
Established in 1972, ILCA is a self-funded international association providing coordination, organization, and communication for owners of the world’s most popular racing dinghy, the Laser Class sailboat.  Sanctioned by World Sailing, the sport’s governing body, ILCA’s three classes of boat - the Laser class sailboat, the Radial class sailboat, and the 4.7 class sailboat - feature differently sized sail plans for the same hull, allowing sailors of every size, shape, age, and ability level to sail confidently in all conditions.  Because of their worldwide popularity and ease of use, Laser Standard and Laser Radial Class sailboats are used in the Olympic Games as equipment for the Men’s and Women’s One-Person Dinghy events, and ILCA is one of just 6 international organizations permitted to run qualifying events for Olympic Class sailboats.  ILCA will release more details about this matter over the coming days via their official website.  
 
With active national associations in over 115 countries, ILCA coordinates racing on six continents, holding seven World Championships every year including junior, masters, and women’s events. For more about ILCA, please visit www.laserinternational.org.  

Changing Scene

  • Prev
Safety recall, service bulletin, product correction bulletin, service advisory: What do these terms ...
Woodard and Company is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded Canadian ...
Boston Whaler’s dedication to employee safety has resulted in a major milestone: As of February 20, ...
Brunswick Corporation today promoted Christopher Drees, president – marine parts and accessories, ...
Keeping Boaters Safe for 50 Years - The Rigging Shoppe is a family owned and operated marine ...
The Watersports Industry Association (WSIA) presented NMMA president Thom Dammrich with its 2019 ...
COVE is excited to announce that IBM Canada has joined the ocean business park as a tenant, one of ...
Long-known in the industry as a leader in customer satisfaction, it’s no surprise Grady-White ...
The two organizations share mutual goals when it comes to the pursuit of public engagement about ...
BRP created a new segment in the personal watercraft industry and won its unprecedented ...

BOSTON WHALER CELEBRATES TWO MILLION HOURS WITHOUT A LOST TIME INCIDENT 

Boston Whaler Safety AwardBoston Whaler’s dedication to employee safety has resulted in a major milestone: As of February 20, 2019, the company logged two million hours without a lost time incident. These accident-free hours represent approximately 12 months’ time. 

“I would like to congratulate and thank everyone who made this achievement possible,” said President Nick Stickler. “Boston Whaler is committed to the well-being of our employees — safety is more than just a priority, it’s a part of our culture. It’s a commitment to each other that we renew every single day.” 

Read More about Boston Whaler...

 

 

KINGFISHER RECOGNIZED WITH THE PRESTIGIOUS CANADA’S BEST MANAGED COMPANIES DESIGNATION

Kingfisher Best Managed CompanyKingFisher Boats was once again recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation. The 2019 Best Managed program award winners are among the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

“KingFisher is proud to be honoured once again with the Best Managed designation” said Sarah Gregory, Director of Administration and HR, “This award is a testament to the skill and passion demonstrated by our team every day at the KingFisher Center of Excellence.”

Read More about Kingfisher...

 

People

  • Prev
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune on April 10 2019, Irwin Jacobs and his wife were found ...
Co2 Inflatables is pleased to announce that Jason Edwards, formerly of Grand/Gala Marine, will be ...
Marine electronics pioneer Darrell Lowrance, 80, passed away Saturday morning after suffering a ...
Extremely popular and well respected for leading the reemergence of Iconic Marine's three ...
Raymarine's ClearCruise Augmented Reality (AR) system was chosen as the best marine ...
On January 27th in Cortina d’Ampezzo Italy, Boat International Media hosted the Superyacht Design ...
West Marine, the world’s largest boating supply retailer, has hired retail executive Ken ...
Groupe Beneteau is announcing Christophe Lavigne’s appointment as President of US brands Four ...
Weems & Plath President Peter Trogdon has announced a “Change of Watch” at the company he ...
North Sails are pleased to announce that Robert Greenhalgh has joined the team. A key hire ...