an article by Jean-Pierre Kiekens, Oxford educated development economist, former lecturer at the University of Brussels, and sailor. Note: There are key references at the end of the article, which I recommend you to read. They are presented in a easily readable format. Even if you think this article goes too far, asks too much, please check these references, and inform yourself as much as you can. This is critical. Probably the best, highly credible, and most practical information can be found on the podcast of Dr John Campbell, from the UK. You will find a wealth of information there, that will help you understand what is going on and take the best action possible for you, your relatives and acquaintances. We are entering very difficult times. As I argue in this article, let's be smart to avoid contracting the disease, and avoid spreading it. And please share the article, as it will likely be helpful to others.
Kingston, Ontario, is a nice and busy place these days when it comes to youth sailing.
But soon, the « freshwater sailing capital of the world » may become busy with lawyers, bailiffs and legal actions.
The World Championships in the Laser Radial sailboat finished on July 30 and the Laser 4.7 Worlds are due to start next Friday on August 16.
There are two main suppliers of charter boats: LaserPerformance and Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA).
And the word is that most of, if not all, the Aussie boats have been sold, or at least that down payments were made for them.
Some 40 boats were apparently sold on the very first day. That's more boats than many dealerships sell in one year.
The Australian boats are said to sell at CAN$7,700, which is nearly CAN$1,000 less than what LaserPerformance charges for ex-charter boats, and about CAN$2,000 less than a new boat, when sold through the regular Laser dealer.
Possession of the Aussie boats by their new owners is expected to mostly …