Up-to-now, Matthew Sheahan GBR was responsible for the monthly video magazine "World Sailing Show", a compilation of content available from organizers and various other sources published by World Sailing. With "Planet Sail", he has now launched his own Video Magazine. Here the inaugural edition (27 min).
04.09.20 – 04.12.20
04.11.20 – 04.19.20
International – Friday, April 3, 2020
International – Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Due to the Corona pandemic with its unpredictable end, the A-Cat class decided to postpone its major championships by one year. The European Championship is to take place à Cadiz ESP in June 2021, the World Championship in St.Petersburg FL, USA will follow in October. ----- The news.
Nature will be hitting back also with an above-average number of Hurricanes in 2020, the season to begin in early June. The respective forecast for the Atlantic Ocean has just been published. Because of the higher water temperatures around the Equator, 14-18 storms must be expected, 2-4 of them in the highest category. ----- The news with a video.
International – Tuesday, March 31, 2020
As we informed two days ago on the base of the announcement of NHK, the host broadcaster of the Tokyo Olympics, the new dates of the Olympic Games 2020, to be held in 2021, are July 22 until August 9. Sailing will take place from July 26 till August 6. ----- The official program and the news from World Sailing.
Despite the strict lockdown in Italy, the most hit country in Europe by the Coronavirus, the sailors of the Italian Olympic squad have received a special permit for their training. They can continue their Olympic preparations from blocked ports or in closed gyms. ----- The news (in Italian) with the list of selected sailors.
In collaboration with World Sailing, Virtual Sailing yesterday announced the continuation of the Olympic season 2020 as planned. At least on the screen! The Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Palma (participation is still possible) is already underway. Next week, you can participate in the Genoa World Cup, and in June, the Kiel Week will follow. ----- The news, and the inscription link.
International – Monday, March 30, 2020
The British Youth Team is launching a series of training films in cooperation with the National Squad to prepare for the regatta season from home. The first episode features the 470 Olympic medalists Luke Patience/Chris Grube GBR and windsurfer Saskia Sills. The first episode today at 12 CET (11 GMT) on the Youtube channel of the British Sailing Teams. The news.
Banished from the water during the Corona crises, homeschooling is also the name of the came for sail training sessions. As of today, North Sails is offering regular training in the form of webinars: Tonight from 9pm UTC (4pm EST), the J/70 cracks Tim Healy USA, Ruairidh Scott USA and Allan Terhune USA will explain what it takes to have a good boat speed. Here the program of the coming days.
International – Sunday, March 29, 2020
The Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled from July 24th to August 9th, also fell victim to the corona virus. Now the Japanese TV broadcaster «NHK», one of the key partners of the IOC, is reporting on a replacement date for the Games. Accordingly, the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021, the closing ceremony on August 8, 2021. There is as yet no official confirmation of the new dates.
Olympic Games 2021 - Tokyo JPN - a financial impact not only for the Organisers and the IOC but also Sports Federations
The postponement of the Olympic Games is very expensive for the Organizing Authorities, and as a consequence also for the IOC. Missing or delayed sponsor money will have a major impact on the revenue streams of the IOC and with it also the quadrennial payments to the International Sports Federations, the major income for small Federations to run their operations. Extremely affected is the financially mismanaged World Sailing that spent the 2016 money by the end of last year already. The situation will be tight. A must-read comment by Sailing Illustrated.
France is undoubtedly the heart of offshore sail racing, an attractive playing field for a large community of professional and amateur sailors. Well run and initiative Class Organisations (Figaro, IMOCA, 650Mini, etc) ensure potential major sponsors that their investments are paying and sustainable. On top of this - and key - are race organisers such as OC Sport Pen Duick, launched in 1998 by Ellen MacArthur and Mark Turner for Ellen's Offshore Challenges. ------ Hervé Favre SUI, President and Offshore Sailing Events Director, gives an overview of major offshore events in the present Corona crisis situation. An interview published on the 'Tip and Shaft' website.
International – Friday, March 27, 2020
The postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games is a huge challenge for the organizers: it is important to keep the competition venues and the further infrastructure available for another year. But it could also be difficult for the national Olympic Committees and especially for the Sports Federations, which are largely financed by the proceeds from the Olympic Games. The money will flow late. The organizers now have established a task force to plan a new date and the next steps as quickly as possible. The report.
International – Thursday, March 26, 2020
Yesterday, World Sailing published the updated Olympic Classes World Rankings after the various World Championships down under. In four classes, new names are on top of the classifications. ----- With their top performance at the Worlds, Benjamin Bildstein/David Hussl AUT have taken the lead in the 49ers. Andrew Mollerus/Ian MacDiarmid USA are 20th.----- In the 49ersFX, Annemiek Bekkering/Annette Duetz NED are new on rank 1. Stephanie Roble/Maggie Shea USA are excellent 4th. Paris Henken/Anna Tobias USA follow on 12th. ----- The top position in the RS:X women windsurfers changed as the leading Yunxiu Lu CHN could not start at the Worlds due to the Coronavirus. The new number one is Katy Spychakov ISR. ----- Leader change in the RS:X men with Louis Giard FRA now on first. Pedro Pascual USA is 9th, his best-ever ranking. ----- Pavlos Kontides CYP moved on top of the Lasers Standard. Charlie Buckingham USA is 24th. ----- In the Lasers Radial, Anne-Marie Rindom DEN defended rank 1. Erika Reinecke USA follows as 8th. ----- Mathew Belcher/William Ryan AUS remain first in the 470 men. Stuart McNay/Dave Hughes USA are 11th. ----- Camille Lecointre/Aloise Retornaz FRA stay in the first place in the 470 women. ----- The new Nacra17 leaders are John Gimson/Anna Burdet GBR. Riley Gibbs/Anna Weis USA are 14th. ----- Nicholas Heiner NED remains first in the Finns. Caleb Paine 8th, Tom Ramshaw CAN 13th and Luke Muller USA 16th are in the top-20 as well. ----- All ranking lists.
We report daily about the cancellations of international and national regattas. There is a total break until at least the end of April. World Sailing published a provisional calendar yesterday. The next big event that has not (yet) been cancelled or postponed is the 470 European Championships in Hyères. The news.
International – Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Yesterday, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo JPN and IOC President Thomas Bach GER announced that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed to 2021. In view of the widening Corona crisis, this decision was to be expected and was also unanimously welcomed. The IOC-Communiqué. ----- World Sailing is fully supporting this decision. In the short term, the pending Olympic qualification events for Africa, Asia or Europe will be delayed. Together with the IOC, an updated qualification system will be established with events in late 2020 or early 2021.The news
With the cancellation of the two European AC World Series Events in Cagliari ITA and Portsmouth GBR, the already reduced program of the America's Cup has been even further limited. Only at the end of 2020, the four teams will meet for the first time at the Auckland World Series, too late to make any changes in the boat designs after a direct comparison with opponents on the water. In January 2021, the Prada Cup, the Challenger Series to determine the team to face the Cup defender 'Team New Zealand' for the Cup fight in early March 2021, will already begin. ----- For the moment, the Kiwis are the most affected by this situation as their AC75 is on a cargo ship to Europe. However, their smaller training boat will allow continuing the training on a high level. As far as the design of the allowed second boat is concerned, all teams are in a similar situation, as no live race tests have been possible.
International – Tuesday, March 24, 2020
The French Sailing Federation informed yesterday, that the 2020 SOF, scheduled April 18 - 25, has been put on stand-by without date. ----- The news.
After Canada, Australia has also announced that it will not send any athletes to Japan if the games are to take place this summer. Numerous other national Olympic committees, including the USA, have asked the IOC to postpone the games.
The America’s Cup Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, and the local organising authority announced yesterday the unavoidable cancellation of the Emirates AC World Series event in Portsmouth, which was scheduled to take place between June 4-7. ----- The news.
International – Monday, March 23, 2020
The postponement of the Olympic Games in July / August this year is getting closer. Numerous countries have already asked the IOC to do so. Yesterday Canada, a major sports nation, has announced that it will not send any athletes to Tokyo, if the games take place this year. The Communiqué, ------- The International Olympic Committee wants to keep an eye on developments and decide soon. A shift brings major logistical problems: Among other things, the Olympic village has already been sold to private individuals, and a new solution for the accommodation of around 10,000 athletes would have to be found in 2021 ... to name just one of the problems. The news.
International – Sunday, March 22, 2020
International – Saturday, March 21, 2020
Today Saturday, March 20, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) cancelled the 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship to be held in Switzerland, the key event of the IIHF, of interest also for many sports enthusiasts in North America with many NHL players no longer engaged in the Stanley Cup on the rosters of different teams. ----- The first matches scheduled for May 8 were Canada - Germany and USA - Finland. ----- The news.