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ISAF conference Dublin – my First Two Days

Posted on 11/03/12 in Sailing, No Comments

Not knowing the ISAF meeting scene, this first trip has been an eye opener.  I’ve come here with a limited agenda and to watch how things work.  As it’s a 10 day trip, patience is the name of the game. The meetings started off brilliantly with a Olympic Classes meeting.  While it was a long […]

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The Business Models of Olympic Sailing and How Kiting May Actually ‘Save’ Our Sport

Posted on 09/28/12 in Business, Sailing, No Comments

There has been incredible response to the blockbuster decision for ISAF to remove windsurfing from the 2016 games and replace it with Kitesurfing. This post will not discuss items like lack of communication with current windsurfers, kiteboarding safety, mothballing for federation bic techno gear, the athletic peak of sailing being the windsurfers, or how this […]

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Where is the Focus for ISAF?

Posted on 09/25/12 in Sailing, No Comments

There has been a frenzy of activity as ISAF unveils its submissions for the 2012 comference in Dublin… the first I’ll ever attend. I was interested enough to read through the submissions to gain an appreciation of what issues would be tackled during the conference. The highest profile decision to be made is the Presidential […]

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Why ISAF Conferences Create Winners and Losers While Sailing Stays Static

Posted on 05/07/12 in Sailing, 5 Comments

ISAF conferences are infamous for their controversies.  In many sports, a collection of volunteers and administrators discussing their sport is a non-event.  Sure cycling added the BMX with great fanfare for Beijing, and swimming debates whether to include the 50m race… but nobody asks the swimmers to swim backwards.  Yet ISAF conferences are far from boring, […]

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Is That Vancouver House A Place to Live or Investment?

Posted on 05/01/12 in Business, Politics, Taxes, 2 Comments

I have a pretty straight forward and logical approach to the buy vs. rent decision I’d like to share. I’ll try to ignore the intangibles about home ownership, it’s stability, and security versus rentings flexibility and instability.  These factors are nicely summarized by how long a person is looking to stay still for and calculated […]

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A Route to Soft Landing When the Real Estate Bubble Bursts in Vancouver

Posted on 04/29/12 in Business, Politics, Taxes, 2 Comments

The real estate market in Vancouver has been on a tear for 20 years now.  Many pundits and experts are calling it a bubble, others are say Vancouver land is scarce and will have long term demand. I’ll chose not to try and predict the future, but rather propose a discussion on what we should […]

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Heights of People and the Effect on Olympic Classes

Posted on 04/28/12 in Sailing, 2 Comments

Selecting Olympic Class boats gives an opportunity to showcase different styles of sailing.  A second parrallel consideration is to give an opportunity to race at high level for a variety of people.  These considerations are especially important and especially timely as ISAF decides on which mixed Catamaran and which women’s skiff to select. Most of […]

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Canadian Living Best Described as Urban or Rural – Lets Govern that Way and Return to the City – State

Posted on 04/26/12 in Politics, No Comments

Human urbanization has been on a steadily increasing path since industrialization.  Jobs and people are drawn together, sometimes into enormous centers.  Rural populations are defined very differently, containing  vast geography, resources and space.  Living in an urban space or a rural space is the primary descriptor of human lives today.  Each of these types of […]

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What the Sailing World Cup Should Look Like from the sailors perspective

Posted on 04/07/12 in Sailing, 4 Comments

With ISAF shaking up the Sailing World Cup (SWC) in response to IOC criticism lets take a look at what the sailors need and deserve. The goal is to increasing the diversity of sailing competitors.  The main strategy in changing the SWC to accomplish this goal is to trim the European calendar while adding events outside of […]

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An Olympic Qualifying Dual Structure for Diversity at the RIO Games

Posted on 03/27/12 in Sailing, 1 Comment

The proposed changes to how countries qualify for Olympic places is a big deal.  One recent response emphasised the cost savings that can be generated from having Olympic qualifying by region, instead at the World Championships. Hi Ben I read your post about  Continental qualifiers – interesting but I don’t interpret ISAF’s intentions in the […]

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