Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018   

World Sailing - Olympic Classes Selection 2024 - more critics

 World Sailing - Olympic Classes Selection 2024 - more critics www.sailinganarchy.com - one of the most widely read sailing sites in the world - published 2 days ago another text concerning the controversial event selection of the Olympic Games 2024. With precise arguments and facts, those responsible - President Kim Andersen DEN and CEO Andrew Hunt GBR - will remain in distress. Whether the Olympic decision can still be tipped now depends on the Constitution Committee, which has to assess the legality of the vote. Problems with the voting technology meant that at least 4 votes were counted incorrectly. The article.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018   

World Sailing - Olympic Classes Selection Voting Scandal - the latest Update

 World Sailing - Olympic Classes Selection Voting Scandal  - the latest Update In today's Tuesday Evening Show, Tom Ehman USA gives the latest update on the Sailing World Olympic Events 2024 Voting scandal livestream on his SailingIllustrated website. Beginning at 21h UTC, special guest Paul Henderson CAN, past-President of ISAF (now World Sailing) will comment the situation as well.
Here the video preview.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, December 6, 2018
Thursday, December 6, 2018   (Image © Beau Outteridge)

Olympic & Youth Classes - Sail Sydney - Sydney AUS - Day 3

 Olympic & Youth Classes - Sail Sydney - Sydney AUS - Day 3 Last Monday, "Sail Sydney", the first of the 2018/9 Olympic and Youth Classes Regattas downunder, was kicked off with the Olympic events. The Youth competition will begin on Friday. Today's - Thursday - races have already been almost completed.
In the good-quality 470 men fleet, Jordi Xammar/Nicolas Rodriguez ESP and Daichi Takayama/Kimihiko Imamura JPN lead at equal points after 6 races. The Olympia Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS follow on rank 3. Only four 470 women's teams participate with Nia Jerwood/Monique Devries AUS winning 5 of the 6 races, followed by Frederike Löwe/Anna Markfort GER.
In the 49ers, David and Lach Gilmour AUS are the clear leaders. In the 49ersFX, Tess Lloyd/Jamie Ryan AUS are dominting. Stephanie Roble/Margaret Shea USA, best non-Australians, are on the 4th place.
First in the Finns is Nicholas Heiner NED 2 points ahead of Josh Junior NZL. Ed Wright GBR another 2 points back on rank 3.
The Lasers sailed only 4 races so far with Matthew Wearn AUS on top ahead of Sam Meech NZL and Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR..
In the Nacras 17, the experienced Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS and Gemma Jones/Jason Saunders NZL occupy the first places.
All results, the news and the event Facebook site including pictures and videos (search for www.sailsydney.org)
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Tuesday, December 4, 2018   (Image © Daniel Smith)

Olympic Classes - the details re the voting irregularities

 Olympic Classes - the details re the voting irregularities The voting irregularities claimed end of last week on crucial 2024 Olympic votes were partly confirmed by World Sailing yesterday. It appears, that certain voting pads were malfunctioning. In at least 4 cases, the vote against the Finn was wrong. Should these errors be corrected, the Finn would be retained as Olympic Class and the Mixed two-person Offshore-Event would be out.
The details by Richard Gladwell NZL in Sail-World.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, December 3, 2018
Monday, December 3, 2018   

Olympic Classes - Voting Irregularities in the selection of the 2024 Olympic events

 Olympic Classes - Voting Irregularities in the selection of the 2024 Olympic events The discussions concerning the much critisized selection of the 2024 Olympic events are not over yet. In addition to the factual disagreements, voting irregularities are on the table. Together with the Minutes of the Agenda item, the details on the votes have been distributed. Apparently, the results of the late-submission on the Mixed-Offshore-Boat were not correct and some Federations asked for modifications. To be noted, that the required minimum of votes was reached by a very small margin only.
A comment.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, November 24, 2018
Saturday, November 24, 2018   (Image © Robert Deaves)

World Sailing - Olympic Classes Selection - More comments

 World Sailing - Olympic Classes Selection - More comments The discussions about the selection of the Olympic events for 2024 are not over yet three weeks after the World Sailing (WS) Annual Meeting in Sarasota FL USA. The chances that changes will occur are minimal, as Council and the AGM - misled by wrong arguments - did clearly confirm the submitted slate. However, the IOC Agenda 2020 cited as rationale by WS, is all up for review starting in December 2018 and will not come into effect till after Paris/Marseille 2024 for Los Angeles 2028. The IOC deadline for WS to fix the events is 2020.
Above all, the 48hrs Offshore Race for mixed two-person teams, replacing the Finn, difficult to present media-wise, and with an unknown format and not yet selected yachts in the EUR 100'000 price-range, never practiced before, is heavily critisised.
Here the must-read comments (including links to important documents) by two undisputed senior sailracing insiders to understand the consequences of this absurd decision: Tom Ehman USA (Sailing Illustrated) and Richard Gladwell NZL (sail-world).
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018   

World Sailing Annual Conference - Comments re the contested selection of Olympic events

 World Sailing Annual Conference - Comments re the contested selection of Olympic events In the sailing media and among most Olympic classes sailors, the decisions regarding the Olympic events 2024, taken in early November at the World Sailing Annual Meeting, are much critisised. For the first time ever, non-existing disciplines on unknown boats have been chosen !
Clear words come from the past-ISAF President Paul Henderson CAN in his comment (PDF) and also from the President of the Italian Sailing Federation Francesco Ettore ITA in his communiqué. A explicit critic regarding the eliminated Finn Class written by the former Olympian Laura Baldwin GBR was published in Sail World.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, November 5, 2018
Monday, November 5, 2018   

World Sailing - Annual General Meeting - Sarasota FL, USA - Final Day - the Finn is out!

 World Sailing - Annual General Meeting - Sarasota FL, USA - Final Day - the Finn is out! The heavy well-founded criticism of concerned sailors, including Olympians, was in vain, as the World Sailing Board and its CEO had the Annual General Meeting with 78 of the 140 MNA Delegates present under control. All decisions of the World Sailing Council were clearly approved with majorities around 75%. The Finn, first appearance in 1952, is herewith out and will be replaced by a "Mixed-Two-Person-keelboat" sailing a 3-day/2-night long-distance offshore race, a discipline never done so far and this in a yacht not yet selected (a Slovenian L3 yacht, price over CHF 100'000 is rumoured).
The Finn-Class has reacted in a first Communiqué with great disappointment.
The official report and the video replay of yesterday's session.
In the coming days, some more comments about this bizarre decision will certainly follow. We keep you posted ....
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, November 4, 2018
Sunday, November 4, 2018   

World Sailing - Annual General Meeting - Sarasota FL, USA - Decision Day !

 World Sailing - Annual General Meeting - Sarasota FL, USA - Decision Day ! After the Committee meetings during the past week, the World Sailing Council, i.e the 40+ delegates of Member National Authority (MNA) Groups, had their meetings on Friday and Saturday to decide on the Submissions on the table. Yesterday, the Annual Report of the CEO Andy Hunt GBR as well as the reports of the various Committees were received, discussed and passed.
Today, the Annual General Meeting with the delegates of the 140 MNAs is on the program, and some important Council decisions have to be confirmed, or overturned, such as the 2024 Olympic Event (Classes) selection that has received much criticism. With Mixed Kitesurfing, Mixed Two-Person Dinghy and avove all Mixed Offshore Sailing, three disciplines have been proposed, that do not exist in today's international regatta calendar. Today, the delegates of the MNAs have the last chance to avoid the revolution of Olympic Sailing.
The officil report of the day and a very explicit comment of Tom Ehman USA, including a plea of the Finn Class, to be eliminated in the new set of Olympic events. The session in Sarasota can be followed livestream beginning at 16h UTC.
Sunday, November 4, 2018   

World Sailing - More on the Annual General Meeting - Sarasota FL, USA - Decision Day !

 World Sailing - More on the Annual General Meeting - Sarasota FL, USA - Decision Day ! "No change in the 2024 event/class line-up from that being used for Tokyo 2020, including retention of the Finn Class".
Members of the US Sailing Team are wrapping up a week-long training session at the the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs led by the Chief of Olympic Sailing, Malcolm Page (AUS/USA). Like many other sailors across the globe, especially former and prospective Olympians, they have been following the machinations at the World Sailing annual conference in Sarasota, FL this week. Yesterday night (Saturday), they emailed this extraordinary and unprecedented, one-sentence letter to the delegates representing US Sailing at those meeting....
The details in an article in SailingIllustrated.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, November 3, 2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018   

World Sailing - Annual Conference - Sarasota FL, USA - Day 6 - Olympia 2014 without the Finn ?

 World Sailing - Annual Conference - Sarasota FL, USA - Day 6 - Olympia 2014 without the Finn ? Yesterday, the World Sailing Council decided on the Olympic Events 2024 (Paris/Marseille). The Laser Standard and Radial, the 49er and 49FX, the RS:X Windsurfers and the Nacra-17 catamaran were confirmed. New, will be a Kit-Foiler Mixed Event, a Two-Person-Dinghy Mixed event and a Two-Person Mixed Offshore Event. The One-Person-Dingy Mixed Event - with the Finn as Men's boat - has been deleted in lieu of the Offshore Event.
This Council decision could be overturned on Sunday at the Annual General Meeting (with Delegates from all Member National Authorties) with a 75% majority vote. For the first time in its history, World Sailing is about to fix Olympic Events for Classes not yet existing, and this against the regulations of the federation .... but nobody seems to care ! The final Class decisions will be made at the 2019 Annual Meeting.
The official report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, November 2, 2018
Friday, November 2, 2018   

World Sailing - Annual Conference - Sarasota FL USA - Day 5

 World Sailing - Annual Conference - Sarasota FL USA - Day 5 Yesterday, various Committees concluded their meeting with recommendations to Council. The daily news informs on the details. Today, Council will have its first session to decide on the Submissions on the table. The final decision on the Olympic events 2024 will be the most debated item on the Agenda, as a major opposition has been formed against the proposal of the Events Committee to change seven of the 10 events. In addition, a letter from the EU Anti-Trust Commission has been received critisising the monopoly classes in 7 events. This investigation has been initiated by Luca Devoti ITA, Finn Olympic medalist and now boat builder, having asked for an assessment by EU specialists at the Bologna University. With the incertainty in the room, the opposition asks to defer any changes in Olympic Classes to 2028 (Los Angeles/Long Beach), and keep the Classes as is. A respective late Submission by the Hungarian Sailing Federation is on the table.
Here an article by Richard Gladwell NZL in Sail-World.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, November 1, 2018
Thursday, November 1, 2018   

World Sailing - Annual Conference - Sarasota FL, USA - Day 4

 World Sailing - Annual Conference - Sarasota FL, USA - Day 4 Yesterday, the deliberation in the various Committee, preparing their recommendations to Council, went on. The focus was on the Equipment-Committee, confirming their proposal made at the 2024 Mid-Year Meeting in May to change a majority of Olympic events as never done in the past. New, an event for single-handed dinghy, double-handed dinghy and kiteboarding for mixed teams each shall be on the program, replacing the 470 and Finn. Comes in addition, that the World Sailing Board proposes an mixed-team offshore event (lasting three days).
There is much opposition and it remains to be seen, whether on Friday, a majority of Council will approve such a drastic change in Olympic sailing.
The daily news.
Thursday, November 1, 2018   

World Sailing - Annual Conference - Sarasota FL, USA - Day 4, EU Antitrust Case

 World Sailing - Annual Conference - Sarasota FL, USA - Day 4, EU Antitrust Case Yesterday, it was revealed, that the European Union served formal notice on World Sailing that they (WS) are under investigation for alleged anti-competitive and monopolistic practices in Olympic sailing events. Read more in an article in Sailing Illustrated and follow the live interview this evening 20 p.m. UTC on the Sailing Illustrated facebook page.
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