Archive for May 2018

World Sailing Review of Events for 2024 Paris Olympics

WS_LogoWorld Sailing’s mid year meeting was held last weekend in London. One high profile subject discussed was the sailing events and equipment to be used in the 2024 Paris Olympics (Marseille).

At the 2017 November World Sailing meeting it was resolved for the 2024 Olympics to keep the 49er, 49erFX, the mixed Nacra 17, the Laser and Laser Radial and to review the 470, Finn and RS:X Boards. There has been (and still is) much heartfelt concern and debate about the dropping of the traditional Olympic boats the Finn and 470 which have been in the games since 1952 and 1976 respectively. There is a post below covering this issue.

The WS decisions on the review last weekend are HERE .

In summary the current five RS:X, Finn and 470 events are to be replaced with;

  • Men’s Windsurfer
  • Women’s Windsurfer
  • New Event, Mixed One-Person Dinghy
  • New Event, Mixed Two Person Dinghy
  • New Event, Mixed Kiteboard

The equipment to be used and the format of the new events will be evaluated further and discussed at the 2018 WS Conference later this year and final decisions taken in December 2020. There is a humorous take on the decision HERE  however imagination and some difficult decisions will be needed to deliver on the WS goals for these new events.

As for the Laser while the event and format is retained for the 2024 Olympics the equipment supply will be evaluated later this year in a process which WS term “anti-trust review”. This review will look at all aspects of the Laser equipment including suitability for the Olympic Event, prices, manufacturing, availability and supply around the world. The final outcome of the review is expected in November 2018. Given the current testy relationship with the world’s largest Laser supplier the outcome of this review is somewhat uncertain.

2018 East Coast Championship GRSC 9-11 June

GRSC_LogoThe 2018 East Coast Championship will be held at Georges River 16′ Sailing Club over the June long weekend 9-11 June 2018.

This event is being run by the NSW Opti Association and Georges River Sailing Club for invited classes which include Laser 4.7 and Radial.

The Notice of Race is HERE. Online entries can be placed HERE.

The venue is Georges River 16′ Sailing Club Sanoni Ave, Sandringham, NSW

Contact for further information: Jeremey Atkinson (M) 0414778535 (E) jeremey@optinsw.org.au

 

World Sailing Olympic Classes Debate

We can foil -  But do we want to?

We can foil – But do we want to?

We normally avoid commenting on sailing politics however you may be interested to hear that the Executive Committee of World Sailing are considering bringing in major changes to the classes for the Paris Olympics of 2024 (and presumably to Los Angeles 2028 and beyond).

There is a view opposing the move and an online petition which outlines the issue HERE. The petition to date has 22,000 signatures including that of Victor Kovalenko (Head Coach AUS Olympic Team) and multiple AUS 470 Olympic medalist Mathew Belcher. The petition summarises the World Sailing proposal in the following words;

“World Sailing’s far-reaching proposal moves the focus from accessible classes like the Laser Radial to a technology-driven format demanding wholesale replacement of expensively acquired boats and equipment. It is now possible that up to eight of the 10 current Olympic sailing disciplines will be dropped for Paris 2024….the Olympic format under consideration by World Sailing sees the Finn, 470 Men and Women, Windsurfer Men and Women, Laser and Laser Radial all possibly dropped for the 2024 Olympic Regatta. Only the 49er and 49erFX will remain…..Instead World Sailing propose a wholesale switch of emphasis to foiling and foiling equipment……”

In the interest of balance, in a rather rambling letter, World Sailing’s President Dane Kim Anderson provides a response to the criticism HERE.

Perhaps the International Olympic Committee can follow WS’s lead and change some other sports to spark them up. Perhaps we could have flippers in the swimming events or Oscar Pistorius type appendages on the runners or hang glider assisted long jump – the mind boggles.

There is a good opinion piece on the Sailing World web site on the subject HERE.