April 29, 2019
World Sailing has not yet decided
The World Sailing Federation considered it necessary to somewhat cool down the ardor of the leaders of the International Laser Class Association (ILCA).
This is due to their decision to change the name of the new certified vessels of this class, and the class itself as such, to ILCA Dinghy.
We have already described the causes of the war that broke out between ILCA and the largest manufacturer of yachts of this class, the company Laser Performance (Europe) Limited, more than once. Therefore, now we recall the main thing: Laser Performance owns the commercial rights to a brand called “Laser” in the world (with the exception of four countries – Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea).
In order to deprive its irreconcilable rival of this trump card, the International Association, which ceased any cooperation with Laser Performance, renamed the class of ships ILCA Dinghy. However, World Sailing, as it turns out, has not yet approved this decision and is not a fact that it will eventually approve.
In a statement issued by the World Sailing Federation, it is emphasized that it is in contact with both parties to the conflict, closely monitoring the situation, but it does not intend to support either side (at least for the time being).
Accordingly, it does not currently support the decision of the International Association to change the name of the class to ILCA Dinghy. Moreover, the association in World Sailing has not yet sent any official documents.
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