What the hell is that??
It's meant to be a versatile (2 kids or 1 adult), performant little boat.
"...The Bug is designed for 1 adult or up to 2 children. With a hull weight of only 46kgs, the Bug is a unique combination of performance and style. It has outstanding upwind capabilities and ultimate off wind sailing, it is a blast to sail..."
I bloody say:
"...Do we need another freakin' class... I fell foul of buying the Laser.EPS a while ago and that class never got above 10 boats... why do we need another dinghy class..?"
My view is what we should be doing is reviewing and overhauling the existing classes, following the success of Moths, Int.14's and lots of other classes that develop forwards, with some pace and control and keep attracting new sailors...
What the Bug should have been is a re-designed Optimist (in my day in the 80's laser did have some moderate success with a laser built Optimist) with a more upto date rig and hull but essentially just a new take on the old Oppy, driven by the class association, members and builders... adding another class to the mix is bad..
Innovation is good, but lets target it at the dinghy classes we have got and make the great sport better...
What do you think?
Innovation in new classes and drive people away from existing fleets and dilute the sport?
Innovation in old classes and drive people into existing fleets and intensify the sport?