With the first of the new full-foiling Olympic Nacra 17 scheduled for delivery very soon and the ranking-essential Euros just around the corner, one of Team USA’s best hopes for a medal was messing around in Holland, preparing for the coming battles above the water. The Keith Brash video above (and there’s another gorgeous one here) is of double Moth world champ Bora Gulari along with his new crew, 2016 FX competitor (and soon to be Stanford Masters grad) Helena Scutt. And clearly, smart is fast – check out this video for the first-ever of a Nacra 17 nailing a foiling gybe. Head over to Bora and Helena’s Facebook Page here and like and share them. Let the Olympic flying begin! For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
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Foiling Nacra 17 jibes! – For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Our Sailor Chicks of the Week are 49er FX team Rebecca Netzler and Klara Wester from Western Sweden. Sure they look good, and yeah they kick some ass on the chick’s skiff, but how about the form of this dismount during last week’s Princess Sofia in Palma? While we can’t score the landing, Klara gets a solid 10 for amplitude and flight time, and the successful attempt to create a show for the crowd when the capsize became unsaveable. and despite the DNF they took in the medal race, the blonde-and-blue girls took 4th… Get to know them better or support the team on their website here, and Becca’s got some more photos up on their Facebook page, which we highly recommend you follow. Or if you’re under 30, there’s IG. Excellent shot from our old friend Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Photo left: Nacra 17 production foil by Nacra Polska. – To see how the new board fits check the renders I made some months ago here. Boat above is also featuring Nacra F20FCS rudder system, which were tested by Olympic sailors in Netherlands. Those winglets are huge for the Nacra 17, lets see if they end using the same system or adapt to the new specific blades/winglets shown in MM/Nacra… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
In this double header to celebrate the end of a long road trip, Clean first talks to freshly minted Director of the US Olympic Sailing Team Malcolm Page. The Australian double gold medalist and multiple world champion answers questions from Clean and the Anarchists, including a frank assessment of where the US team is, why he took the job, why the US team became also-rans for the past three cycles, and the route (and how long it’ll take) to rekindling America’s prowess in olympic sailing, as well as loads more questions. More than an hour from Malcolm (with thanks to Will Ricketson and Josh Adams for their help and information provided for this podcast), learn more about him at www.ussailing.org. The second part of our podcast has quite a bit more laughs, when we are rejoined by two repeat visitors, also both world champions…
Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih grabbed the big paycheck at the SSL Finals yesterday, and now it’s time for something a little…different. Native Bahamian sloops with their Bahamian crews will race their ‘best of the best’ regatta after the traditional anchored start, and the SSL production team stuck around to bring it to you. Truly a window into the kind of thing we never get to see. Enjoy, and go here for the exciting replay of the finals.
As many US Sailing Team fans will already have noted, Josh Adams has been given the boot and two-time Aussie gold medal crew Malcolm Page was named new US Sailing Team Director today.
A college dinghy and team racer who came to the team after years as a magazine publisher, Adams was charged with what may have been an impossible task for someone with his experience level; to bring the US Team back from its dismal, zero-medal performance in London and make a real impression in Rio. Despite what seemed like a good plan for Brazil, the team’s 2016 performance was only tolerable in comparison to the 2012 debacle, and something had to change for the next quad. To hear Josh’s early plans in a 2014 interview with Mr. Clean, click here.
Fortunately, US Sailing finally did what we’ve been begging them for a decade – quit hiring your management consultant and magazine publishing pals from New England for this essential job, and find someone with a proven history of winning – even if you have to headhunt them from somewhere else.
Enter Mal Page, who aside from being the most decorated dinghy sailor in Aussie history, may be the only sailor to ever win a gold medal with two different skippers. Page walks away from one of the toughest jobs in sailing – Marketing Director for ISAF – to take on another extremely job, but one he’s uniquely prepared for. We say this not because Page has led a big team to success; we say it because he was part of one of the winningest olympic sailing teams in modern history, and a very clever lad. Perhaps more importantly, he comes from a decade worth of training under the world’s best olympic sailing coach – Victor “The Medal Maker” Kovalenko (pictured with Page, above). While it’s too much to hope that Victor will defect to the USA as part of the deal (Kovalenko has famously turned down some huge international paydays to stick with his adopted homeland downunder), Page should have all the tools he needs to recreate the winning culture enjoyed by the US Sailing Team up until the past decade.
You guys always come up with the best questions, and I’ll be speaking to Mal tomorrow morning for this week’s SA Podcast. What do you want to know about the 2016 performance, the plans for Tokyo 2020 and the team, about Malcolm in general, or whatever?
The MUSTO + Torqeedo “Cleanin’ Up Europe” report continues with a talk about foiling Olympic catamarans, innovations in live race coverage, Rio craziness, and how to manage an Olympic Class of racing boats.
A few months back, the guys who’ve been running the 49er and FX Classes so competently for the past few years added the Nacra 17 Class to their workload. Canadian Class Manager Ben Remocker and expat Irish President Marcus Spillane are young, innovative, and don’t give a shit about politics – they consider their duty to their sailors absolute, and the vigor with which they approach their job is refreshing.
They pull no punches, either – whether it’s talking about the Nacra 17′s problems or the concerns about foiling, the inside stories from Rio, or explaining how to get around ISAF obstacles, these guys are always entertaining interesting and there’s plenty to learn in our mostly sober talk in a hotel room in Barcelona.
Listen above, download here for later listening, or subscribe to the SA Podcast on iTunes, and as always, a big thanks to MUSTO and Torqeedo for presenting all of our Vendee, ISAF World Council, and METS coverage this month. Also thanks to Ocean Planet Energy and Doyle Sails NZ for their support of our coverage.
A big thanks to MUSTO + Torqeedo for their sponsorship of our European coverage all this month. Please see them at the METS show and tell them ‘thanks’ for the podcasts. If you think you have something interesting to say and you are planning on being at METS, drop me a line and we’ll see if we can add you to the podcast or video interviews schedule.
VPLP has lately become top dog in ultra-high performance racing yacht design, mostly because the world has finally caught up with the French naval architecture whose first-ever design was a foiling trimaran – decades ago. With nearly half the Vendee Globe fleet (and all the foilers) coming from their desk and a big proportion of all the new foiling Ultime and smaller multihull designs coming through VPLP, we decided it would a good time to check in on our old friend and VPLP co-founder Vincent Lauriot Prévost and one of his top NAs Xavier Guilbaud for a chat. Learn more about what they do and why they do it as well as a ton on the Vendee Globe, the Volvo Ocean Race, the new Gunboat and even Olympic racing, as well as the future of this darned foiling craze. Full show notes here, and don’t forget to subscribe to the SA Podcast here for more great shows coming this week!
After the EU issued its potentially groundbreaking opinion on the anti-competitive nature of certain sporting rules last month we knew there’d be a shakeup, and the first shots have just been fired across ISAF World Sailing’s bows. The International Federation of Kitesports Organizations sent this letter to World Sailing, putting them on notice that their attempted monopolization of kiteboarding shouldn’t stand. With World Sailing’s AGM coming up next week and the all-important election to see if current President Carlo Croce will be allowed to continue his reign, this bombshell puts even more pressure on the MNA members to get with the times and elect someone who understands the ‘good ol’ boys’ days are over. Here’s the letter:
This Warning Letter is to inform WS that if it does not refrain from taking any decisions or voting concerning the Sport Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding on water at the next WS AGM in November/Barcelona and act in order to maintain the Kiteboarding status quo, we will unfortunately have to apply for a court order to ensure and preserve the IFKO governance rights on Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding on water sport.
This written warning is issued because, at first sight, WS has no legitimacy to govern the Sport of Kiteboarding on water (commonly known as Kitesurfing) demonstrated in the following evidences: a) WS by Constitution, denomination and aims is the governing body of the sport Sailing; b) IFKO is the only international federation in the world with the denomination, nature, object and objectives by constitution as governing body of all Kitesports; c) WS recognises “IKA” as the “class association” however there is no evidence or transparent proof of the existence of the legal registration of this entity as an “association” with this denomination since 2008.
Your failure to refrain from taking any decisions or voting concerning the Sport Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding on water at next WS AGM in November/Barcelona negatively impacts IFKO work and authority as governing body of the sport Kitesurfing. It demonstrates the intention of duplication of governance already taken by IFKO, disrespects the legal object and objectives of IFKO and directly damages the proper world organisation of the Kitesurfing sport.
This WS intention of usurpation of IFKO governance rights on Kitesurfing sport problem is not the first time. You have been informed and warned on four other occasions (by letter: 07/01/2016, 10/02/2016, 18/03/2016, 14/10/2016) to respect the IFKO existence, nature, object and objectives.
IFKO, as it is under SportAccord Membership application procedure, asked SportAccord and AIMS to set up and mediate a meeting between IFKO and WS Delegations which had a positive answer. We hope you will promptly accept the meeting request in a good will to achieve understanding in this “rivalry issue” on the Kitesurfing governance in good faith and reasonable grounds.
Unlike the messy US Election, the choice for the first-ever Olympic foiler was a much less nasty affair. Plenty of questions remain about the equipment and event choices for Tokyo 2020, but the odds-on favorite for the first flying boat at the Olympics is now the Nacra 17 in its new 4-point foiling configuration. A majority of the 89 votes cast during an EGM held over the weekend called for the full ‘evolution’ of a boat that had more than its share of problems in its first quad, and while no one thinks this will be an easy transition, Anarchists who’ve tested out the new design have walked away with big, big smiles on their faces. We’ll have more on this in a couple of weeks in Barcelona, but for now, here’s the press release from the Class:
On the 19th of October the Nacra 17 class members assembled for an electronic Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM). Three topics debated were
a) an update to the class constitution
c) whether or not class members recommend full foiling for 2020 or not
A presentation covering the proposed changes to equipment, pricing, and procedure was shown to 50 members in attendance over the course of 2 hours. Details of how the boats would be made stronger and more consistent were included. Also shown was three pricing options for a mk 2 Nacra 17 was presented which can be downloaded here.
The three options for equipment going forward are:
a) retrofit a mk1 boat to go full foiling for 7,900 euros
b) Buying a new platform for 14,500 euros, retaining the ability to sell the mk1 platform for a next cost of about 7500 euros
c) Buying a new boat for 24,250 euros, an increase of about 2000 euros from the mk1 price
Following the presentation was a discussion with questions and answers from class members and leadership. At the close the meeting, voting was opened to class members. 89 members voted from the total membership of 132, above the 40% threshold required to form a quorum. All of the motions passed, with the advertising and constitution motions receiving 87% support or higher. the major question of whether to recommend to World Sailing whether Nacra 17 should go fully foiling for the 2020 Olympic or not was a closer vote, but ultimately passed 48 votes to 33, for a 59% support level.
As such, the Nacra 17 class has sent a letter to the head of the Equipment Committee of World Sailing with the class recommendation. Class president, Marcus Spillane, will convey this position at the World Sailing Conference next month in Barcelona. Equipment of the updated configuration will become available following confirmation from World Sailing Conference of their position on the matter. Team wishing to get onto the waiting list for mk2 equipment should be in contact with the Nacra Sailing head office.
A small handful of media standouts have emerged in sailing over the past few years, and few of them have been more prolific than Brian Carlin. He’s also stayed almost entirely in the fast lane, resisting the urge to take paychecks from anything that ain’t high energy and high adrenaline. Brian takes a look back on his 2016 season with this showreel, and be sure to pay attention to the 2016 Vendee Globe for more great work from the little Irishman.
The second of three candidates for World Sailing President sat down with us on Friday to explain why he is running for the sport’s top position, and he seems like as solid a choice as anyone. An engineer and executive who perhaps lacks some of the fire of Henderson (and if you missed that podcast, it’s worth a listen), Kim Andersen is as Danish as they come despite having spend many years living in Australia and Germany. The longtime Olympic class and now Dragon sailor wants fairness, equality, transparency and solid management for the sport he loves, and he’s got sensible plans on how to repair the damage done to the sport over the past few years.
Both Andersen and Henderson have a mountain to climb; no incumbent has ever been beaten for the ISAF/IYRU/World Sailing presidency, and Carlo Croce has very powerful friends: As the Commodore of the most powerful Yacht Club in Italy and the President of Italy’s MNA, Croce has the ability to influence the voting MNA’s in many ways not subject to public scrutiny
If Croce doesn’t win after the first ballot (the winning candidate must get >50% to win), things get interesting and the horse trading really begins; either Henderson or Andersen will get axed, throwing their support to the other, with the final two candidates taking whatever time they have to drum up support for their bid. They’re technically not allowed to promise anyone positions, posts, jobs, events, etc in exchange for their vote, but from what we’ve heard, it happens every election.
We gave current President Carlo Croce over a week to respond to our requests for the final interview to round out this series, but other than being told the message was passed on to him, we’ve heard precisely nothing. We’re not saying that Croce has anything to hide, but two of the three candidates have chosen to air their platforms and answer all our questions in a very open manner, and if transparency in our sport is important to you and your countrymen and you care about the future of our sport, get in touch with the president or director of your MNA and let them know what you think. Perhaps more importantly in a long game like this, make sure you are ready to vote your national MNA bosses out at their next election if they make it clear they don’t care.
It must suck to win an Olympic gold medal in your fifties and find out you’re not even ranked in the the top ten in your class! This screenshot comes from Santiago Lange’s current, official World Sailing Rankings for the Nacra 17 – apparently, the Princess Sofia is worth 100 points, but the Olympics is worth nothing at all. Unless it’s yet another in the endless parade of World Sailing fuckups?
Title shout to the Chocolate Factory and to the late, great Gene Wilder.
Despite the title, we’re not talking about the most entertaining and frightening US presidential election ever (and the first-ever time any presidential candidate said “Grab them by the pussy”). For the sport of sailing, there’s a much more important election coming up in less than a month. While you probably don’t get to vote for it, your MNA does, so give them a call or drop them an email and let them know what you, their member, thinks of whatever position they hold.
We’re doing our part to find out whether any of the three presidential candidates has a real plan to fix the dismal position ISAF finds itself in after years of bizarre and opaque decisions and increasingly centralized power, and that means you have a chance to make your thoughts known, too. So get over to the World Sailing Strategic Positioning thread and add your questions for candidates Kim Andersen, Paul Henderson, and Carlo Croce, and we’ll put those questions to them when we interview them this week. The first interview is Monday and Andersen and Henderson have already agreed to talk to us over Skype; whether or not we get Croce aboard, we’ll publish it all next Monday in another SA Podcast.
As you’ve likely read on these pages before, one of our biggest beefs with the folks who run ISAF World Sailing has long been their willingness to threaten those who compete in non-ISAF sanctioned events with a ban from competition. We’ve long maintained that the rule allowing them to do this (ISAF/World Sailing Regulation 19.14 (a)(ii)) is illegal in much of the modern world, and it appears that the European Commission agrees wholeheartedly.
Acting on complaints from a pair of Dutch speedskaters, EU regulators have told the International Skating Union that its threat to impose lifetime bans on speed skaters for taking part in unauthorized events is anti-competitive, putting pressure on the ruling body and other agencies with similar penalties to back down. The skaters said the ISU threatened them if they competed in a big money “ice derby” in Korea, and after a year-long investigation, the EU agreed that the ISU violated the anti-trust sections of EU law.
For a legal description of what exactly happened and what the implications are for the ISU and other bodies (like ISAF), check out the EU Competition Law Review summary here. We can sum it up quickly though: The EU investigated ISU for a year, and determined that the ISU rules (that allow up to a lifetime ban for competitors) unduly restrict athletes’ commercial freedom and effectively discourage them from participating in events other than those organized by ISU or its members. In other words, the international governing body’s rules are an attempt to create an impermissible monopoly over all skating events…
ISU now must issue a response to the EU, after which point the EU will decide what penalties and actions they will take against the ISU, and if the ISU’s incredibly condescending and dismissive initial response is any indicator, the EU is going to have to take a swing. ISU said it was “surprised” at the EU view, and that, despite their investigation, they ‘failed to understand’ the international sports world. Perhaps they meant to write that the EU “failed to understand how crooked our international sports world is…”
The smarmy Swiss-based org went on to write that “any allegation that the ISU’s rules are somehow anti-competitive appears to be based on a misplaced understanding of the governance structure of sport and the Olympic movement. A neoliberal and deregulated approach to sport could destroy the Olympic values underpinning sport.”
It’s the same response that insiders always give when challenged with their malfeasance, and it’s always bullshit. Bodies like ISU and ISAF need to face the fact that their monopolies are ending, and organizations that dedicate their resources to improving the services they offer in a competitive world are going to succeed. Those who stick their fingers in their ears and complain that the government just doesn’t understand them? Folks who are allergic to transparency and equality? It’s time to go.
We’ll dedicate an upcoming podcast to the wider-reaching implications of this anti-competition ruling, especially as it effects ISAF’s unfounded attacks on IKFO kiteboarders and the non-transparent and anti-competitive equipment selection process for the next Olympics. The kiters are in almost the exact position as the Dutch skaters so we’d expect the IKFO to be filing a complaint with the same EU body very soon if they haven’t done it already. This one is getting good.
The monthly World Sailing show may be a relic from another era, but occasionally they stumble upon great stories. Never mind that America’s Cup and VOR video producer Sunset + Vine didn’t bother to use actual Olympic video, instead relying on still images and grainy camera phone for this piece; the story of Santi Lange’s gold medal performance in Rio is perhaps the most compelling in Rio 2016. Over 50 years old and sailing aboard the quickest Olympic boat of all, Santi took an unlikely gold just months after losing part of his lung to cancer. Lange is one of the kindest and most generous people in all the sport, and his story should inspire all of us.
To read a deeper piece about Lange’s accomplishment, check out the NBC site here.
Fresh off the worst 18 months in ISAF/World Sailing management history, sailing’s governing body continues to search aimlessly for the slightest clue on how to fix its fundamental problems, but it’s hard to have confidence in a body that is likely in November to re-elect the same transparency-challenged, conflict-of-interest-laden Italian who engineered perhaps the worst responses possible to the Rio mess, the Malaysia anti-semitism debacle, and the America’s Cup.
Yep – you heard is right. Carlo Croce is somehow running for President again, and to guarantee his win, he’s hired the same multi-million-dollar PR and lobbying firm working to get Paris the 2024 Olympics and pushing for another Italian to take over FIFA. Croce apparently believes he will be remembered not for feces and body parts on the race course in Rio or for Jewish sailors having to hide their nationality at an ISAF Youth World Championship, but for the wild success of the newly reimagined Sailing World Cup. You know – that regatta that literally a few thousand people in the entire world pay attention to for 3 years out of every four? Yeah, that’s the one. As the only regatta that ISAF World Sailing actually owns, management has decided it’s time to try to build some revenue out of it…and the result is a little bizarre.
One of the oldest sailors to ever win an Olympic medal – and an Italian guy who builds Olympic boats, coaches sailors at the highest level, and knows Croce well – weighs in on the new plans for the new Sailing World Cup. Read it and then let the folks at your MNA know you want them to vote for this guy instead. Now, to Luca:
Looks like World Sailing, completely overwhelmed by the Rio Olympics has lost contact with the sport’s reality. This Sailing World Cup needs to be completely rewritten. Andy Hunt, if you really don’t how to come up with something better than this, please feel free to contact us, we will help you.
Sailing needs events, we need to race and we need to know where, when and what to sail. Maybe World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt, doesn’t know the big rule of communication…
One of our Dinghy Academy sailors commented: “And… by the way… we can’t tell you exactly when and where the Sailing World Cup events will be. We will continue to impose drastic fleet size quotas (because that worked really well this last quad…), and we won’t tell you if your class will be in Tokyo until sometime next spring… But show up anyway, guys… And if you are a sailing venue, go ahead and bid for the privilege…”.
What is wrong in this proposed “non World Cup”? First of all, majority of sailors are not loaded with money, so very few of them, in reality not even one, will committ and take part in all the requested events. They simply do not have the budget.
Our Comment: “We need more events and discards and a grand final. Aussie plus some sailing in Melbourne. Canadian plus some sailing CORK in Kingston, American and even more than some in Miami, and the usual european circuit: Palma, Hyeres, Medemblick, Kiel and Garda, with max four counters for example. No limited entry, open and happy, sailing is our passion, sharing a drink with the mates, discussing the races a pleasure second to none. Sailing is a social sport”.
We’ve been documenting some of the shady battles surrounding kiteboarding’s fight for sporting recognition for years now. The first controversy came all the way back in 2009 between the IKA and IKF, and more recently, IKA began behaving badly again toward the fledgling PKRA, this time with ISAF’s help. The world would likely ignore all the fighting is this was about anything but the Olympics, and with kiteboarding already having been selected – and then dropped – during the last round of IOC confusion, kiteboarders and the ISAF paymasters pushing the new discipline can smell the blood – and money – in the water.
There are plenty of insiders who call Paul “The Pope” Henderson a disgruntled old timer, but we don’t know whether his grenade-throwing comes from frustration at the one-time iron ruler of ISAF’s current lack of relevance or from actual anger at where the sport is going. Whatever his motivation, he’s a smart dude with a well-formed argument that kiteboarding ain’t sailing, and if it is going to be in the Olympics, it should come to Tokyo as part of the new Surfing events. We’re not sure where Paul was when ISAF slid in and grabbed ownership of kiteboard racing, and we don’t really agree with his point (if you’ve ever watched foilboard course racing, it sure looks like sailboat racing!), but we do agree that these conversations are essential if World Sailing is ever going to repair its reputation for ruining the sport with opacity, nepotism, and self-interest. The Pope speaks:
The overview position that I support is that World Sailing is a membership organisation and not a company! Staff responds to the needs and the wishes of the members (the sailors). Not the other way around!
Please understand that I am not against any new concept sport. What I am against is that a new monopoly concept; Kite-Surfing uses Sailing as their avenue to Olympic Status which negatively impacts our sport. Kite-Surfing is using Sailing to accomplish their Olympic goals. Convertible Kite-Surfing or Formula Kites or other names are confusing so I will use Kite-Surfing.
About 6 years ago Kite-Surfing appeared at ISAF and naively were taken in as a new extreme sport. Then ISAF Council was told that they would try and become Olympic but only if the IOC would give to Sailing two additional Medal Events and therefore would have no impact on existing events. All appeared to be acceptable to the usually forthright ISAF Council [/sarcasm -ed].
ISAF then went through a revolving door of what are now called CEO’s with 3 in less than a year. New CEO Mr. Andy Hunt returned from an IOC meeting stating that unless Sailing accepted Kite-Surfing with their “riders” not sailors all hell would break loose. Sailing would have its events dramatically cut back or even dropped by the IOC. It was stated that the IOC in their Agenda 2020 were going from a sport focus to an event focus.
The next move was that “panic” set in and that Kite-Surfing must be made an event of Sailing in TOKYO2020 and that immediately the now World Sailing policies must be altered negating the previous World Sailing commitment that their would be no changes in events for 2020 after the unfortunate deletion of keelboats which had ripple effect of Sailing being dropped from the Paralympics. This also resulted in two new monopoly pieces of equipment being inserted
for RIO2016 which has caused great problems.
There was then a quickly conceived E-Mail vote to change the policy so that Kite-Surfing could use 2 of the 10 now Sailing events and not be only for extra events if awarded by the IOC. The World Sailing staff initiated a phone campaign to Council to get the required vote to ensure this change passed. The rumours spread fast that the Finn would be dropped and the 470 made Mixed so that two slots opened up for Kite-Surfing. It should be noted that the Finn and 470 are the only 2 classes which are now not commercial monopolies.
There was a great reaction from several of the other International Olympic Sports to the IOC focus on events not the sports. The IOC Executive Board issued a clarification of their Agenda 2020 stating that the IOC new direction would not
impact the existing 25 Olympic core sports of which Sailing is one. The threat that Sailing is on the way out is not true.
The IOC has totally refuted the World Sailing panic.
What the IOC has done is to increase the number events to 310 from 301 and to state that the number of athletes will be
10,500. They have also added 5 new sports to the existing 28, Baseball/Softball (Now 1 Federation), Karate, Skate Boarding, Sports Climbing, and Surfing. Another issue is the IOC stating they want “Gender Equality”. Baseball will have 25 athletes for the Men’s event of Baseball and 15 athletes for the Women’s Event of Softball. The observation here is that the IOC makes general statements but all are adaptable to the specific needs of the sports which is why “Gender Equity” is more appropriate.
Conclusion: Kite-Surfing with their “riders” and off-the-beach sport fits into the new IOC confirmed sport of “Surfing”.
They can develop all their “convertible concepts” free from the constraints of World Sailing which have evolved over decades.
“Surfing” is the International Sport Federation Kite-surfing must use to get their desire to be Olympic and not totally disrupt Sailing. I trust World Sailing will go to the IOC and ask that this be the direction followed by Kite-Surfing as everyone wins but more importantly is that Sailing is not totally disrupted again as happened with the keelboat issue..
Over the last several months I have asked for clarification and answers to several questions posed to the World Sailing staff and been told that I am just a sailor and have no position at World Sailing. The result of this staff position is that I will put forward my name again as President in hopes that I might finally get some answers.
The next few months are crucial to the future of Sailing and that at least till November I will have a podium to put forward my concerns.
A Concerned Sailor
We know you’ve all been waiting for the Sailing Anarchy take on Rio 2016 and the US Sailing Team, so strap on your listening helmets and get ready for Sailing Anarchy Podcast # 9. We grabbed Nacra 17 helm Bora Gulari to find out how all his Olympic gear was stolen (in Detroit), how he got it back, and everything Olympic we could cram into 2 hours of slightly inebriated yapping…
The latest trend in Olympic Sailing saw two national teams fail to send two strong crews to Rio despite their qualifying their country in their events. 49er Class Manager Ben Remocker is one of the most analytical writers currently scribbling about the sport, and he took a look at these policy decisions by Yachting Australia and the Swedish Sailing Federation – and why they are completely shortsighted, and may be damaging to the sport. We’re sorry we’re just getting this to you now, but it’s still just as relevant as it was at the end of May when posted, if not more so. From the 49er Blog:
Sailing is facing very tough issues right now. The Olympic movement has already removed Paralympic sailing from 2020 and given World Sailing a clear warning to make sailing:
- More universal (more countries participating)
- 50-50 gender equity
- Increase the appeal to youth (largely seen as a request to make sailing interesting/attractive)
There have been years of slow progress in World Sailing often traced to MNA’s protecting their competitive edge in Olympic competition instead of pursuing reforms for the best interest of the sport. The IOC is threatening to remove sailing events and/or reduce sailor quotas if World Sailing does not make significant progress for 2020. The IOC recently added 5 events and 485 athletes (baseball/softball, surfing, skateboarding, rock climbing, and karate) all 50-50, and all with great ‘sport presentation’ possibilities. Given the IOC will not go above 10,500 athletes in total, sailing really should be worried.
June 1st, 2016 was the final day for MNA’s to accept or reject their Olympic berths. It should have been a day to review the full competitor lists for Rio. Instead, it marks a day of heartbreak for two top skiff teams. Stunning news came from SSF (Sweden) and Sailing Australia saying they will not send teams to Rio in the 49er & 49erFX respectively. While the IOC looks for serious reform from sailing, sailing leadership continues to make news on small ball issues
Carl Sylvan and Marcus Anjemark (SWE) finished in 12th place at the 2016 World Championship out of a full field of the worlds best. Further, they won the Bronze medal at the Sailing World Cup Miami 2016 in an almost complete field. The Swedish duo, and squad in general, has put up solid if not outstanding results all quadrennial long. The SSF takes its lead from the Swedish Olympic Committee and requires all Olympic participants hit the standard where they could finish within the top 8. Sylvan/Anjemark was not deemed to have met this standard and board of the SSF upheld the decision. The Swedish Olympic system has this common top 8 benchmark in all Olympic sports and it has been like this for close to 30 years.
Photo: Beau Outterdige / Australian Sailing Team. – We told you many times Jason & Lisa were Olympic Medal ‘material’, check Jason’s interview from October 2010: “…I wrote in the past that Jason was going to be the 2020 Olympics Gold Medalist, but with Lisa they are accelerating time frames and already targeting Rio 2016…”
The Wonder kids from Australia were too close to destroying my
Annie Haeger and Bri Provencha have been at or near the top of the 470 class for the past couple of years, but when it mattered most, their race and the final shot at the US team’s second medal fell to bits. Leading the medal race for the first two marks and looking like a lock for the silver (GBR’s Clark and Saskia-Mills clinched before the final race), the American duo got strung out on the right by eventual silver medalist New Zealand and then sailed a horrible final run, culminating with a foul on Japan and a 360 when they could least afford it, sailing the entire reach to the finish without their kite and catching a DFL for the race.
The NBC feed caught Annie racked with sobs as she sailed through the line, but we hope she takes the lesson to heart and uses the adversity to power her improvement for the next time like all true champions. We still think Annie is probably the most likely of all the US team to come back in Tokyo and win her class. She’ll need to if the US Team is to prove their plan; the team’s better-than-the-London-debacle-but-still-weak performance can only be accepted if it is truly a stepping stone to the US team’s return to dominance in 2020, as we’ve been told by US Sailing Team staff, coaches, and athletes for the past couple of years. If there’s one thing Tokyo guarantees, it’s fewer distractions for the
You can watch the full replay on NBC over here; just wind back the player to the beginning if it’s already on the Men’s 470 (which the US can’t medal in). Screenshot from the world feed.
Guanabara Bay is now ‘Caleb’s House’ after the 26 year old Caleb Paine’s blinder of a Finn finale. The SoCal native grabbed a right shift to horizon job the fleet from mark 1 to the finish, jumping over Max Salminen and knocking Croatian Ivan Gašpić out of the medals to claim the first US sailing medal in 8 years. Ironically, it was Gaspic whose protest against Paine was thrown out after video evidence showed it was total bullshit – what goes around sometimes really comes does come around (and no, Gary Jobson had nothing to do with it; the team was reviewing the footage hours before Jobson’s ‘research’ bore fruit). Paine’s win provides the all-important objective improvement the US team has been hoping for; with two more legitimate shots at medals in the 470s, we might even beat the oddsmakers.
It was amazing to watch Giles Scott reeling in Paine on the final run like he was in a different class of boat; the genetic freak of a man showed why he didn’t even need the medal race to take the Gold, and he’ll be back to defend his title for a long time to come.
In other Olympic news, Pete Burling clinched the 49er Gold two races before the qualis are even over. If the 2017 America’s Cup comes down to a helmsman vs. helmsman battle, you’re all going to need to book tickets to Auckland for the 2020 Cup.
NBC coverage here. Google for the rest of ya.
It may be disappointing to many Americans to see the US Sailing Team struggling to recover from their historic medal shutout in London, but by almost any standard, the team is already doing better than the 2012 debacle. We will be analyzing their performance once the games are over, but for right now, if NBC doesn’t completely fuck it up again, you might just get lucky enough to watch some double-points medal racing live tomorrow. Three US teams will sail the finale; young Caleb Paine sits just outside the Finn medals in fourth, while Paige Railey will try to move up from 10th with no chance at the podium. Bora and Louisa will see if they can jump a few spots from 9th, and if it all happens fast enough, we might see some 470 racing (or spot a severed leg). Read the US Sailing update from Monday here.
The first sailor sickness has been reported due to Rio’s sewery water, though according to London Bronze Medalist (Laser Radial) Evi Van Acker’s coach, she caught it back in July training on the bay. He also thinks Evi’s dysentary has contributed to her poor results thus far. The Belgian OC said “she has not fully recovered. It makes it difficult for her to go through long periods of sustained effort.” While several contacts with debris affected other racers, no other sicknesses have yet been reported. Read the full story from our old friend Bernie Wilson (who’s down at the Games) at the AP here.
In another kind of unwell, the US team is performing exactly where the oddsmakers had them; on the outside looking in, without a single sailor in the top 5 of any class. US Finn rep Caleb Pained port-tacked the fleet yesterday on his way to a 2nd for the race and 4th overall – that is, until he was chucked at an evening protest hearing for a port/starboard on that spectacular start. Now he’s in 15th, and the highest performing American team are the chicks’ 470, with Annie and Bri in 6th. Go here for the US Sailing daily report, and to get to know America’s most likely medalist skipper, watch this just-posted Mr. Clean video interview with Annie from last summer in Rio. Here are Team USA’s standings as of Friday morning; number in parentheses is change from yesterday’s standing (With special thanks to TFE):
RS:X M – 30 (same)
RS:X W – 12 (-2)
LASER M – 15 (same)*
LASER W – 7 (same)*
FINN – 15 (-8)
470 M – 10 (-2)
470 W – 6 (+1)
NACRA17 – 16 (-5)
49er M – *
49er W – *
*LASER M/W did not race Thursday. 49er M and W have yet to race; their first races are Friday.
Photo: Billy Besson & Marie Riou by Laurens Morel / Saltycolours.com – Sailing history will mark Wednesday 10, 2016 as the ‘Comeback Day’. We are all eager to watch the Nacra 17 Class races today, it’s has been a long wait since Beijing Tornado Medal Race in 2008.
Looking in perspective and how Olympics are being starting to be thought for the new times and new generations the Nacra 17 was…
Brad Funk really is the definition of an Anarchist, marching to a completely different beat, restrained only by his own ethical compass, a love of nature, and occasional commands from the Martian overlords and vapor trail creators. And while the Funkster may have missed out (again) on the Olympics, he made it down to Rio and already is making a bigger splash than any of the sailors. Here’s an inspiring Olympic story that hit about a thousand international publications thanks to a pickup from Reuters…
There’s something in the water at the Rio Olympics. In fact, there are a lot of things — condoms, cans, shoes, diapers, plastic bags, rotaviruses, superbacteria, raw sewage and the occasional corpse.
Best not to touch, smell or swallow. If you’re an Olympic sailor, best not to capsize. If you’re an Olympic open-water swimmer, best to have a cast-iron stomach.
Guanabara Bay is spectacularly challenging and notoriously polluted. Sailors have a love-hate relationship with the venue of powerful currents, shifting breezes and hazardous levels of e coli. One lousy piece of debris that catches on a centerboard or wraps around a rudder can ruin a race.
But a brave and selfless man — Fort Lauderdale’s Brad Funk — made it his mission to clean up the contaminated bay on behalf of his fellow sailors. It was a Sisyphean task — akin to one gardener irrigating the Sahara desert — but Funk tried. Wearing two pairs of gloves, wielding nets and baskets, Funk scooped nearly 800 pounds of junk out of the bay where his friends will compete starting Monday.
“No Olympic medal should be won or lost because of trash in the water,” he said. “Rio is my favorite place in the world to sail and it would be a shame if the regatta was compromised by pollution.”
Funk made his garbage-collecting forays on a boat named Ulysses. He did not encounter Cyclops or Circe. But he did have to navigate through a fetid stew of dead fish, floating furniture and submerged TVs.
Images: Matias Capizzano / capizzano.com & his Capizzano Photography fb web.
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Photo: Sailing Energy / World Sailing . Schedule table CSN, source World Sailing. Click table for bigger size. I still have to confirm 100% Billy & Marie participation. Any preview can only be done after knowing they’ll be on the lineup.
Rio 2016 marks the long awaited Comeback and we are more than glad having Multis prenset again at the sport biggest event. London was so boring…! But
All photos Yahoo Sports / Getty Images. Great 120 pic gallery Here : Photo Credits: 1) Cameron Spencer/Getty Images | 2) David Rogers/Getty Images | 3) Patrick Smith/Getty Images 4) Ian Walton/Getty Images | 5) Pool/Getty Images
That is Brazil, as colorful and cool as you can get. Pity on the bay waters, which is really strange as Rio lives for and by the Sea. The Open Ceremony concept &
Reports out of Rio de Janeiro indicate that the Canadian sailing team has dissolved after falling into the heavily polluted waters of Guanabara Bay.
At around 2:30pm local time on Thursday, the Canadian athletes lost control during a practice run after encountering unusually turbulent waters. Witnesses say the boat capsized and the sailing duo was thrown overboard, where pieces of their bodies immediately began to disintegrate upon contact with the putrid lagoon.
“We deeply regret the pair of Canadian sailors getting liquified,” said Brazil’s sports minister Ricardo Leyser, noting that on the plus side, neither came back to life as a radioactive monster. “We had no way of knowing that would happen, aside from all the indications that it would.”
While authorities were able to recover bits of the athletes’ uniforms – all of which were tinged with a reddish, greenish, yellowish shade of fluorescent, neon purple – they have thus far failed to identify the athletes’ remains amid the sprawling mass of garbage, human waste, and other, unrelated corpses. Despite the tragedy, however, the International Olympic Committee remains optimistic about the upcoming games.
Read the rest of this hilarious piece over at Bluerock Radio, but don’t forget that actual bodies are being pulled out of Guanabara Bay on a daily basis, and experts are now saying the Rio 2016 sailing venue is actually far more polluted than everyone thought, if that’s even possible. It doesn’t help that one of the people in charge of making sure the sewage treatment was on schedule was murdered last year…
And for the few of you who’ve been wondering why the some other online sailing publications have been hiding the truth about Rio from their readers, it’s because they’ve been bought off. Details here.
With the world’s attention now firmly on Rio De Janeiro, things are getting more interesting by the day. Massive anti-government protests shut down sections of the city and country over the weekend, and experts say the numbers are only increasing, with some protestors planning on marching every day until the end of the games. In other news, Brazil’s government fired the security firm charged with keeping the Games safe, citing ‘incompetence and irresponsibility’ due to the fact that only a few hundred security guards had been hired of the 3400 promised.
That means now the Rio Police will be in charge of all of it, including running x-ray and screening services. That’s the same police force which met incoming visitors at the airport with a huge sign that read “WELCOME TO HELL…POLICE IN RIO DON’T GET PAID…WHOEVER COMES TO RIO DE JANEIRO WILL NOT BE SAFE.” It’s also the same force that’s been in almost non-stop corruption scandals for as long as anyone can remember. Most recently, a top MMA fighter said he was kidnapped and handcuffed last week by a group of police and forced to withdraw thousands of dollars from ATM machines before he was released.
More fun with theft as well; when 100 Australian athletes were evacuated from their Olympic Village apartments because of a fire in the sketchy buildings, they were robbed of a laptop and their team logo’d anti-mosquito/Zika protective shirts – possibly by fire marshals. But of course the IOC says everything’s awesome!
The hits keep on coming, but keep in mind that even if things continue to snowball, Brazil still probably won’t even make the list for the ‘worst Olympics ever’. Read this for one author’s picks of the 5 worst Olympics, or this smart National Geographic piece enumerating the sordid history of the Olympic Movement and the racism, sexism, corruption, and rampant displacement of the poor that it’s built on. Hey – at least Tokyo’s ready for 2020 thanks to their imminent election of a new Mayor following the departure of the last two…over Olympic scandals!
While the IOC is facing plenty of pain these days and struggling to address weak interest from venues for future games, there’s a much bigger wave coming, and it will no doubt change the games forever. Paralleling hugely contentious recent controversy over the the billions in broadcast and licensing dollars received by the NCAA thanks to thousands of unpaid American college student athletes, the Washington Post yesterday took on the other elephant in the room of the Olympic ‘Movement’ – the abject poverty most Olympic athletes endure for a chance at glory all while hundreds of staffers, Federation employees, and IOC “volunteers” make small fortunes while living a life of luxury, protected from any kind of transparency laws by Lausanne, Switzerland’s nearly nonexistent disclosure requirements for non-profit companies. Here are a few excerpts from the Washington Post piece that rekindles this important discussion:
April’s collapse of the new “Olympic Bike Path” killed two people. Saturday, waves flooded out a newly constructed Beach Volleyball TV studio. Sailing wasn’t immune from negligent construction, either; above is a shot of the this massive, brand new Marina De Gloria dinghy launch ramp that lasted a grand total of one day. You can read the typically ridiculous comments from officials in this news piece, while our own sources on the ground have their own take:
Biggest swell that we have seen yet in Rio this weekend. Surfers all around inside Guanabarra Bay.
The attached pics are of the progressive demise of the very large main launching ramp in Marina Gloria. The ramp was completed (in haste) on 29 July and collapsed on 30 July in the swell that made it into Marina Gloria.
The attached pics are at 9am and 530pm where the patient was pronounced dead at the scene. A rough day, for numerous reasons!
To athletes like Megan Kalmoe, intent on whining to ‘Leave Rio Alone!”, next time you decide that the media’s reporting on Olympic incompetence is hurting your little game, try to remember the dozens of lives that will be lost in total so that you can get on TV and try to win a piece of metal and ribbon. For you, it’s a sport. For Brazil, it’s life, death, and the future.
The aftermath of the Mackinac Race wreck of the chartered 1D48 WhoDo shows a heck of a lot more damage than just a mangled rudder post; we don’t yet know how much of the blown out bow above and the torn off rudder was part of the sinking, damage from the wave action on the bottom, or salvage damage, but it’s nasty! SA’er ‘blunted’, sailing aboard the mighty Melges 30 Peerless, said there were ‘things available to hit on the field’. “We passed at last one 4-5′ long log, that was 14″ in diameter. That would have had our rudder akimbo had we hit it at the speed we were going at the time.“
All involved in the WhoDo mess would’ve likely wished she sank in the 200 feet of fresh water she sat in when SA’er ‘peacefrog’ and the crew of the C&C 30 CityGirl made the rescue; as it was, Whodo later drifted in and settled on one of the few shallow spots on a deep stretch of Michigan coast and came to rest with half her mast in the air. After an airbag lift, she was towed into the Michigan shore and now sits in Harbor Springs.
For a very, very rare look at a fresh catch of sailors straight after a rescue, check Russell Madsen’s video from City Girl. Very cool shit and well done to all!
Team GBR has been at the top of Olympic Sailing since the US unintentionally abdicated its throne, and this video proves they’re not just better on the water, but they crush it in the editing suite and on social media, too. As huge Guy Ritchie fans, we dig this one hard. Enjoy, and head over here to check the comments.
The Rio countdown continues, and the latest bit of prurient news for those waiting for the action is a gem. According to The Daily Beast, the IOC has ordered 450,000 condoms for the 10,000+ athletes in the Olympic Villlage for the month and change they’re on the ground. That’s around 40 rubbers per olympian, and evidence that fold medal marksman Mark Russell wasn’t lying when he called the Olympic Village “the most testosterone fuelled place on earth.” The Guardian reported that ‘after Beijing 2008, an Olympic table-tennis player divulged the secrets of the “sex fest” and the “volcanic release of pent-up hedonism” that apparently happens when thousands of athletes at the top of their game come together.”‘ Maybe this is why so many athletes dedicate half their lives to the Olympics?
ISAF World Sailing is proving just how serious it is about their sailors’ health in Rio; we recently had a peek at an urgent memo from an unnamed ISAF official to all “International Technical Officers” that concluded that “athletes, coaches, and race officials…did not have a significantly increased health risk through water contact…above the normal tourist population visiting Rio.” And we think they actually expect everyone to believe that.
In other words, sailors with raw, frequently abraded and cut-up bodies, immersed in water proven to be filled with nasty viruses, have no more chance of getting sick than a tourist at a hotel in Copacabana. Their caveat is that this warm, safe place is only available to those who follow the World Sailing safe list below. And again, they aren’t joking. From the memo:
On the water:
Rub hands and forearms with alcohol based disinfectant for 3 minutes, including:
– both hands, then forearms, then both hands again for a total of 30 seconds
-repeat the same 30 second provedure 5 times, each time with new disinfectant
-wait for the hands to dry fully before eating or drinking on board
– rinse your mouth with mouthwast (containing 0.05% chlrohexidine digluconate…) before eating or drinking
On shore after disembarking:
-use the water hose to shower immediately on return from sailing
-your recovery procedure may require to you drink and eat immediately on arrival on land after sailing. Before you actually do so – wash your hands with liquid soap and water for 60 seconds and dry them with paper towels.
Our final Olympic news impacts sailing far less than other sports, and it’s not really news at all just yet; the IOC has delayed its decision on whether to ban all of Russia from competing in Rio after WADA investigator Richard McLaren found Russia to be behind a comprehensive program of state-sponsored doping. If you’ve been hiding in a cave and missed this fascinating story of what may be the biggest program of cheating in the history of sport, it’s worth having a look (start with the Beeb here.)
The IOC also said it will:
- Not organise or back any sports events or meetings in Russia, including the European Games, scheduled for June 2019;
- Start disciplinary action against Russian officials named in the report compiled by Dr Richard McLaren;
- Ban Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko from the Rio Games;
- Urge McLaren to continue his work and name individual Russian cheats;
- Encourage individual sports federations to look for any Russian infringements of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) code.
Rio 2016 watchers never seem to have to wait long for yet another scandal; since our last piece there have been more robberies, more assaults, and on Friday the World Anti-Doping Agency suspended the only WADA-accredited lab in Brazil for noncompliance with lab standards….
All Images Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing. Many favorites for Rio sailing the Medal Race at Weymouth. Watch the Live replay of the MR embedded above at 3:55:00. Excellent speed and handling for the Nacra 17s , the best mixed crews in the World showing us how to race multis. Check the super smooth tack from Vittorio & Silvia some meters after the start,
A further lack of wind and an overcast sky over Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, alongside a forecast that indicated no improvement, created some down-heartedness on the penultimate morning of…