LaserPerformance introduces the New Standard Laser Mark II Sail!
This is the sail everyone has been waiting for. Sailors can now enjoy an optimized training experience thanks to the Mark II!
The Mark II is considerably more durable with its bi-radial construction and manufactured with a longer lasting 4.5 ounce Dacron cloth. Optimized sail patches, new luff tube design, larger window, and a blue starburst are all new features on the Mark II!
The Mark II Sail is available now for pre-order on a first come first serve basis. It is available for purchase starting in January 2015.
This appears to be the long-awaited more durable Laser sail that was supposedly being delayed because of Bruce Kirby's lawsuits against the Laser builders and the Laser class. It looks as if LaserPerformance has decided to give Laser sailors what they want and not let the legal process hold it up any longer.
The sail is available on both the US and European LaserPerformance websites for $395 and £246 respectively - a lot cheaper than the current official Laser sails.
However, there is a bit of a caveat posted on those websites…
Although it has not been approved by the Laser Class or ISAF for competition, it is time to put the training sail out in the market for the sailors to train and enjoy.
While we wait for its approval, with each purchase the consumer will also receive a rebate coupon towards their purchase of a class approved Mark II sail, if and when it becomes available. Coupon will be valued at $80 redeemable through dealer or directly through LaserPerformance. After class approval, the Mark II starburts will revert back to red. Don't miss a great opportunity, order them as soon as you can.
I wonder what the response of the class will be. Can we even approve it while the legal battle continues?
Of course I am sure that the conspiracy theorists will see this as some kind of tactic in the war for global domination between LaserPerformance and Global Sailing, and others will whine that you can buy cheaper "training" sails elsewhere. But I'm a "glass half full" kind of guy and prefer to see it as a positive step in the right direction.