Category: Sailing

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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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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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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Continental Olympic Qualifiers and World Cup Change Will Not Achieve All the IOC Is Looking For

Posted on 03/17/12 in Sailing, 4 Comments

ISAF is making changes to the core of Olympic sailing to get better diversity in sailing.  Being responsive to the IOC request must be applauded, but lets investigate the merits of the proposals. This major initiative ISAF is persuing to get better diversity at the Olympics is core to what ISAF does, so a lot is at stake. The international sailing federation […]

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10 lessons ISAF can learn from Perth 2011 to help the World Cup Sailing

Posted on 12/10/11 in Sailing, 3 Comments

A commentary for moving sailing forward.   1. Location, location, location – nothing beats great sailing conditions like we have here in Fremantle. The sailors will put up with just about anything if their days on the water are excellent. That’s why Cadiz and Cascais have all been remembered fondly to date, while Qingdao is […]

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10 lessons ISAF can learn from Perth 2011 to help the World Cup Sailing

Posted on 12/10/11 in Sailing, No Comments

A commentary for moving sailing forward.   1. Location, location, location – nothing beats great sailing conditions like we have here in Fremantle. The sailors will put up with just about anything if their days on the water are excellent. That’s why Cadiz and Cascais have all been remembered fondly to date, while Qingdao is remembered as […]

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