Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mixed multihull in, men’s keelboat out

[Source: IASF] It was the most packed session we have had this week to hear the Events Committee’s recommendation on the provisional Olympic events and equipment for 2016.

This is how the voting went. The Events Committee recommends:

- Board or kite-board for men and women – equipment evaluation
- One person dinghy men – Laser Standard
- One person dinghy women – Laser Radial
- Two person dinghy (skiff) men – 49er
- Two person dinghy (skiff) women – equipment evaluation
- Second one person dinghy men – Finn
- Two person mixed multihull – equipment evaluation
- Two person mixed dinghy with spinnaker – 470
- Women’s keelboat – Elliott 6m

In so doing the committee’s voting recommends taking out the men’s keelboat. The second one person dinghy for women was the other option not to be selected.

The Committee’s recommendations are of course just that. They will go to the ISAF Council for consideration this weekend. After Council vote they are then subject to confirmation at the ISAF Mid-Year meeting in May 2011.



At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note the mixed! I'm assuming this means teams will HAVE to be girl / guy for both Multihull and 470....

Not sure how that is going to make people feel... a bunch of good teams are going to have to break up.

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

get rid of the star??? Nuts.

At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't make sense to get rid of the Star.

At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Felix said...

the Star must (!!) stay as an olympic Class!

At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CUT the CAT!!!

At 12:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are in the 21st century. Any boat without trapeze and spinnaker should be ruled out. Cut the Star. And cut the Finn as well. The Laser is enough as one person dinghy men.

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are talking about the future of our sport which is not really attractive for the new generation.

Sailing should be more spectacular in order to get the sport more attractive for media and the younger generation.

I don't really think any young kid is dreaming of a Star or a Finn which are not really fun in his mind, they probably prefer kitesurfing or the flying Moth...

If we don't drastically change the sport, sailing will be out of the game soon...

If all the old guys at the ISAF still run our sport in the "yachting" old fashion way we are dead.

Let's go forward !!

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had a saying I would choose:
Board or Kite = Kite
One person dinghy men = Moth
One person dinghy women = ? (maybe also Moth?)
Two person dinghy men = 49er
Two person dinghy women = ??
Two person multihull mixed = ??
Two person keel men = Star
Two person keel women = ??
That's it.

At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:10 AM

There will be a two person skiff for men, a two person skiff for women and a catamaran. These are all boats that promise excitement. So what's the problem?
Besides, most people that love sailing are not interested in an olympic campaign and sail whatever boat they like anyway. There are many one design classes that do surprisingly well without being an Olympic class such as 505, 29er (Dinghi) and Melges24 (keel boat), just to mention a few. I also think that sailing should be primarily attractive to the sailors. Spectators are of minor importance.

At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if atractive for TV is the key to decide a class or sport, then most sports shouldn't be Olympic !!

Olympics MUST retain its foundational spirit, not just being an excuse to sell more TV rights

At 8:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever the boat is is totally irrelevant. Sailing cannot reasonably expect to gain mass popularity with the facebook generation until it introduces some form of nudity into the game. I suggest a two person craft with a cockpit large enough to hold a decent mudbath , maybe some cockpit florr mounted spycams for a bit of upskirt or trouser action ass well . . .

At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Star is just a hugely expensive, useless dinosaur for old rich people.
No room for the Star at the Olympics.
well done!!!!

At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a good decision to get rid of the Star.
bye bye Star, still too late

At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why have sailing at all? it is just an elitist sport for rich wankers and their brat kids.

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:29 PM

That is complete BS. An olympic campaign in the star is not significantly more expensive than a campaign in the 49er.


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