ILCA revokes LaserPerformance licence
The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) has revoked the licence of long-time builder of the class dinghy, LaserPerformance.
ILCA reports that the Anglo-American manufacturer breached the terms of the Laser Construction Manual Agreement (LCMA) by failing to ensure the identical nature of all Laser class boats, regardless of where they are built.
Class president, Tracy Usher said that ILCA was disappointed to see the long and productive relationship come to an end. “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,” she explained.
No other option
With its UK-based manufacturing facility, LaserPerformance was the ILCA-approved builder producing boats for most of Europe, Asia and the Americas. In a statement, Tracy said that the ICLA was left with ‘no option’ after the builder’s refusal to allow inspection of the boats being built in their manufacturing facility.
There are two other manufacturers of class legal boats, one in Japan and another in Australia. With these firms picking up the slack, ILCA expects the disruption to be minimal or non-existent and executive secretary, Eric Faust, has emphasised that the 2020 Olympics and other major ILCA events will be unaffected.
“Doing what’s right for the sailors is really all that matters,” said Eric. “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."
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