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Subject: Protecting the One Design Principle
From Ron
25 May 2011 at 14:02:20

At a recent Provincial Championship one person rigged their boat using a major item that was not a Laser part. This was discovered prior to the boats going afloat for the first race and the person was advised that, if they went afloat using that illegal part, their boat was not a Laser and so would not be entitled to compete in the event. They chose to replace the item immediately and subsequently took part in the racing. ……………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… On this occasion the person was allowed to change the item despite the fact that they had already signed the statement on the Entry Form agreeing to comply with the rules, as defined by ISAF (which, in the “definitions”, includes compliance with the Class Rules). ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… If the use of an illegal part is found to be a deliberate intention to cheat (knowingly breaking a rule) and the matter is reported to the Protest Committee the sailor may well be protested with some very possible far-reaching implications. …………………………………………………………………………….. ………..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… MORAL - Make certain that your Laser is fully compliant with the Laser Class Rules. If necessary, advice can be provided by the Hon. Secretary, who is also the ILCA Measurer for Ireland.

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From Hullman
25 May 2011 at 14:03:28

What's your view on Hulls. At the recent 'Provincial Event' there were a number of Aussie hulls which are manufactured differently and are supposedly faster. Does this not breach any principle by giving the sailor an unfair advantage.

From Ron
25 May 2011 at 14:04:19

In response to the question by Hullman about Laser hulls allegedly brought from Australia the answer is very clear. If they are genuine Laser hulls then they are totally acceptable, nomatter which Laser factory produced them. It seems that some people want to spend their money bringing non-European hulls into Europe in the belief that they are, somehow, faster. Most of those same people would probably not have the sailing expertise to get to, or remain at, the front of a fleet anyway. ...................................................................................................................................................... What needs to be remembered is that, if you are a good enough sailor to qualify to go to a Laser World Championship you would NOT have your own hull in any case - you would have to use one of the hulls supplied for the event. This means that whatever hull you have at home would be no use whatsoever at that event.

From Bill o'Hara
25 May 2011 at 14:05:10

All the Lasers being the same is why we have so much fun in lasers. Well said Ron