Yesterday, Laser Performance (LP) made an announcement that they had invited ISCA and World Sailing to attend a “town hall” meeting in New York City to discuss the issues between ISCA and LP. Please know that ISCA and WS have NOT agreed to a town hall style meeting. ISCA informed LP on multiple occasions that the class was not interested in a town hall meeting.
ISCA did however agree to a January 8th, 2018 meeting, with World Sailing and several ISCA World Council members, in order to try to reach an agreement. Once again, LP has chosen to announce the town hall meeting anyway. As your President I want to make you all aware of the facts.
World Sailing has clearly stated that ISCA is the only recognized Class Association allowed to organize the World Championships. World Sailing will not recognize ISCO. Consequently, there is no reason for a town hall meeting.
ISCA has agreed to sign a new World Sailing agreement that will cover the availability of parts, builder responsibilities, class responsibilities and any licensing agreement that LP/Velum may want. This is the same agreement that other World Sailing recognized International Classes have signed with their manufacturers.
ISCA agreed to meet LP in NYC on January 8th to go over this agreement and to discuss any other issues that the two parties might have. World Sailing agreed to attend the meeting to mediate this meeting only. ISCA is more than willing to allow LP to protect what is theirs, however we are not willing to give ‘ISCA’, (which belongs to all the class members) to LP simply because they demand it.
ISCA’s goal is to continue to provide outstanding, world caliber, one-design single-handed dinghy racing, with equal equipment that is readily available to all competitors. Rest assured, that ISCA will continue to work for all class members, to make this happen.
Laurence H. Mass