The European Laser class EurILCA has now reacted to the removal by the International Laser Class (ILCA) of LaserPerformance as an approved builder. The statement stresses that Europe represents almost 70% of Laser sailors. EurILCA indicates that it proposed to be the mediators between ILCA and LaserPerformance, something that was refused. It stresses that the key to the matter is the adoption of a Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) policy that would allow several builders to compete within the same regions.
This is sought by World Sailing and is a key element in the selection of the single-handed boat for the 2024 Olympics. While acknowledging supply issues in regions such as North and South America, the statement indicates that there are no supply problems in Europe and there is a good relationship between the class, dealers and LaserPerformance.
Interestingly, EurILCA also insists in its statement that any new rig should be submitted to a membership vote (while ILCA seems geared to introduce the Australian C5, C6 and C8 rigs through a change in the builders manual).