Posts Tagged 'laser'

laser surfing

pretty insane waves this sailor is “surfing” on with his Laser near the Barra Lighthouse (Farol da Barra) in Brazil.

I’ve sailed in some fairly decent waves on Lake Michigan, but nothing quite that big.

3 strikes for Laser Performance

this is more applicable to Laser sailors than Sunfish sailors, but trickle down effects will likely cause supply issues for Sunfish sailors as well. Sunfish boats and parts have been really hard to find in stock recently, and with LP having to pay this much in fines and legal fees, I can’t imagine it’s going to get any better for a while. LP is no longer a licensed Laser builder, wonder how long they’ll hang on to the Sunfish as well.

Scuttlebutt has the following article about the ongoing saga between the designer of the Laser sailboat, Bruce Kirby, and the sailboat builder, Laser Performance.

This case is about a long-running dispute involving Laser sailboats. In 2013, plaintiffs

Bruce Kirby and his namesake company Bruce Kirby, Inc. (“BKI”) filed this action against multiple defendants including defendants Quarter Moon, Inc. (“QMI”) and LaserPerformance

(Europe) Ltd. (“LPE”).

Following years of pre-trial litigation, I presided over a jury trial in February 2020 on claims for trademark infringement under the Lanham Act and for common law misappropriation of Bruce Kirby’s name. The jury returned a verdict in favor of both Kirby and BKI.

First, it awarded damages of $4,337,157.49 to BKI for trademark infringement by QMI. Second, it found both QMI and LPE liable to Kirby for misappropriation of his name, awarding damages of $2,520,578.81 against LPE and nominal damages against QMI.

It also found that both QMI and LPE should be liable for punitive damages for the misappropriation claim in an amount to be determined by the Court.

Defendants have moved to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction and for a new trial, while plaintiffs have moved for entry of judgment in their favor. For the reasons set forth below, I will deny defendants’ motion to dismiss and for a new trial, but I will grant in major part plaintiffs’ motion for entry of judgment (subject to a reduction in the damages award), for attorneys’ fees under the Lanham Act, and for punitive damages under Connecticut common law.

All in all, I will award damages of $4,577,315.14 along with payment of $804,179.44 in punitive damages, which includes attorneys’ fees in the amount of $734,528.30.

o tillerman, where art thou?

Proper Course or Aerobian? or neither?

today’s tunes: tunes for the Tillerman

tunes for the Tillerman?

or maybe tea for the Tillerman instead?

sailboat names quiz

how many can you figure out?

and not a single 🌞🐠?!

quiz image was found via: Shoreham Sailing’s Twitter

Shoreham Sailing Club is:

is located just along the coast from Brighton and only an hour from London. We have an active racing programme from Easter to November and have the luxury of ‘Real Sea Sailing’ but with sheltered launching just inside the harbour entrance – perfect!

[sailing] anarchy in the UK

trying to ignore the drama and politics that has been going on in the last few months (years?) between both the Sunfish and Laser classes and the official builder, Laser Performance, and instead focus on the positive: Sunfish production has begun in the UK.  hopefully this will improve quality and help with new model and parts availability for the Sunfish sailing class.

here are pictures (all photos by Laser Performance, shared on Twitter and Instagram):

a nice glimpse at the construction process and inner workings of a Sunfish.

a healthy dose of fiberglass and gelcoat.

not sure of the significance – but no sign of the foam flotation blocks.  are they truly being phased out? or just not shown in any of these selected photos?

post title is a mashup of the Sailing Anarchy forum and the song by the Sex Pistols.

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