Posts Tagged ‘ISAF’
You may remember the America’s Cup Disciplinary Panel that was assembled hastily in response to King Post-gate; the haphazard hearings and rulings they produced led to lawsuits and CAS hearings that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to litigate. Meanwhile, the resulting media exposure (along with the Rio sewer and security issues) continued to push ISAF World Sailing’s reputation into the same steaming pile of shit occupied by FIFA and the Russian Anti-Doping Authority.
With most of the AC34 cases have been settled or dismissed, we’ve just learned that World Sailing’s response to the disciplinary chaos was to quietly sneak through the completely new Discplinary, Appeals, and Review Code sometime in June, and it is quite possibly the most lopsided, authoritarian, and opaque set of disciplinary rules we’ve ever come across.
We say ‘sneak through’ because we cannot find a single reference to passing the new code in any of ISAF World Sailing’s official documents. Even more curiously, ISAF says the new rules were passed in June 2016 but are backdated to have an effective date of January 2016, and the only June ISAF Minutes available anywhere make zero mention of the new Rule 35. Now, it may be hidden inside the giant, disorganized clusterfuck that is World Sailing’s website, but we’ve asked every major MNA official and judge we could find - including several national presidents and IJs – if they’ve heard of it -, and all of them learned of the new Code from us. It’s not some kind of a minor change either – the new section of the Rules allows autonomous, unappealable panels to decide who will be banned from the sport using incredibly low standards of proof, offers next to no standards on the admissibility of evidence, and allows any decision to be hidden in secrecy based solely on the discretion of one of these ‘secret panels’. In other words, ISAF has said ‘fuck you’ to the entire notion of a Fair Hearing under the jurisprudence of any modern nation.
Never mind that much of the new Code would be void and unenforceable under the employment laws of the EU and numerous states and countries, and never mind that ISAF can’t even be bothered to use a pronoun other than ‘him’ in their code. There are ample things to pick apart with this unconscionable piece of regulation, and we’ll leave it to the lawyers and sea lawyers in the Forums.
But we do consider it our public duty to let you know that from now on, your entry in any sailing event is your acquiescence in a set of rules that would be more appropriate under Torquemada than of a 21st century international sport. We also consider it our duty to let you know that Carlo Croce, who is not only President of the ISAF but also President of the Italian Sailing Federation and Italy’s most prestigious Yacht Club, is going to run for another term leading our sport. This despite his tenure providing an almost unending series of gaffes and missteps that’s seen ISAF World Sailing’s reputation go from exlusionary and obsolete to incompetent and corrupt. Croce said in the mid-year meeting that “Much has been achieved but he has a sense of ‘unfinished business…”
We’re not sure our sport can survive Croce’s ‘unfinished business.’ World Sailing’s reputation sure can’t. Title shout to Mel Brooks...
September 8th, 2016 by admin
The rampant anti-Israel discrimination that led to Malaysia losing the right to host ISAF/World Sailing events last winter was no outlier. The Asian island nation just gave up their hosting rights for the 2017 FIFA (soccer) Congress rather than issuing visas to Israeli delegates, using the same bullshit argument that despots and oppressors have used forever: “Security”. It’s not every day an ostensibly modern country blacklists itself from all international sporting events, but after the latest anti-sporting move, that’s about where they’re at. More from the Elder of Ziyon blog:
“We were advised by the government to withdraw from hosting the congress due to security issues,” Affandi Hamzah, deputy president of the Football Association of Malaysia, told AFP.
Affandi declined to elaborate on the “security issues” but said the move was tied to comments by Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi over the weekend. Zahid had said Malaysia was unable to provide visas to Israeli officials because it did not have diplomatic ties and could rile up local sensitivities. “Some of the conditions of hosting the event include placing the (Israeli) flag on the table during the congress,” he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times online.
“After comparing the benefits and the risks, it is better for Malaysia to avoid playing host.”
Host of any international sporting event, right?
August 15th, 2016 by admin
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.
August 8th, 2016 by admin
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.
July 19th, 2016 by admin
Zika, Roussef’s impeachment, and Brazil’s nasty recession have taken the focus off the putrid condition of the Olympic Sailing Venue in Guanabara Bay, but a team of high level documentarians is hoping to make sure the environmental lessons learned in this debacle of an Olympics will never be forgotten. If you believed any of the ISAF or IOC or Rio2016 bullshit, watch the beautifully produced trailer above to find out the real truth from people who really have something to lose. Here’s a deeper description from our friends at Sailors For The Sea.
We just recently helped raise the funds to send the film crew to finish filming so the documentary can be released before the Olympics. Tomorrow we are launching a crowd-funding campaign to finish production. We could really use the help of the passionate Sailing Anarchy base to get this thing off the ground. With 99 days to the Olympics I don’t think it could be better timing!
When the world descends on Brazil this August for the Olympics, they are going to get more than they bargained for. Shopping carts and couches, offensive odors and a web of plastic pollution blanket the once iconic landscape of Guanabara Bay.
The film will document the origin of waste, from the communities where it is generated, to the streams and major tributaries that carry it into the Bay. We will define the scope of the problem and tell this story from the perspective of community members and activists who desire lasting change, such as Arthur a young sailor featured in the trailer.
We will also document community-level waste collection centers, and other localized solutions that can be scaled, as an example not only of the hope, but also of the real and prosperous future that is possible for the citizens of Rio, who call the Bay their home.
Sound Off Films’ founder Annie Costner has been traveling back and forth to Rio since 2011. Intrigued by the waste issue and determined to tell the locals’ side of the story—which extends beyond the concerns of international athletes competing in this summer’s Olympics—she started asking questions.
- Tags: brazil, environment, guanabara, ISAF, Olympics, Rio, Rio 2016, sailors for the sea, world sailing
April 29th, 2016 by admin
ISAF World Sailing has happily continued with their attempt at “Word Domination”, attacking the first two events on the International Federation of Kiteboarding Organization calendar as “Prohibited” for one reason only: The IFKO are choosing to use their own rules, not ISAF’s. Under the RRS, World Sailing believes it has the right to completely ban any competitor at these IFKO events from ANY future racing on the water. This ban would include all junior boarders at the now-’prohibited’ Junior Freestyle World Cup.
That’s right, folks: World Sailing actually believes it has the right to ban a 12 year old kid from racing his Opti for years solely because the kid entered a freestyle kiteboarding competition. Or they can ban you from racing the Sydney Hobart on a cruiser because you did backflips on your kiteboard at the kitesurf world series. Seriously!
There’s plenty of background on this issue in the story we ran in February, but the long and the short of it is this: Under the laws of MANY countries in which it functions, legal experts agree that World Sailing is prohibited from disciplining sailors for competing in events that contravene the bizarre prohibition against non-RRS events using the word “World” in their titles. The claimed reason? “Eliminating confusion” amongst sailors and the public about what is a ‘World’ level event. The real reason? ISAF sells the use of the word for thousands and thousands of dollars. The bigger reason? ISAF absolutely MUST control the introduction of kiting to the Olympics or they lose millions.
Those same experts said that they can’t find any other sport that claims this type of control over a common word, in some cases because they were told by their lawyers long ago that it wouldn’t fly. But because yacht races are largely run by Yacht Clubs rather than transparent, publicly accountable organizations, the status quo has endured. Don’t rock the boat, old boy.
Read the World Sailing press release if you want to see just how out of hand ISAF has gotten. They are actually threatening junior sailors with a ban on all racing activities solely because these kids want to go freeriding at a cool event.
As we’ve said before, we encourage IFKO competitors to stay strong and continue to buck the bullshit artists trying to extort and threaten them into submission. And of course you need to send us any and all correspondence you receive from ISAF World Sailing or the IKA on this issue. Only sunlight can cure this infection.
March 30th, 2016 by admin
Chaos in Brazil is nothing new, but the past several months have seen things deteriorate in an unprecedented way. Just last week, over a million people protested the corrupt government and demanded President Dilma Rousseff’s resignation, but that was just a prologue. Since then, that same President named the past President as her Chief of Staff, prompting the judicial release of wiretapped recordings of the President seemingly admitting she was appointing him to her cabinet to spare him from arrest for corruption.
That forced the people back into the streets, and with the worst recession in a century well on its way and the Zika Virus and pollution scandals destroying any chance the country had of converting the billions they’ve spent on the Olympics into tourism industry growth, it is entirely possible we’ll see a full national riot or a straight-up coup d’etat at some point in the next few months, if not during the Olympics. It’s sobering stuff.
At the Olympic venue itself, somehow ISAF World Sailing is delighted that the Marina De Gloria sewage outflow will (possibly, maybe, hopefully) be capped sometime in May. This is the same pipe past CEO Peter Sowrey promised to cap by last November regardless of politics…just before he got the boot. We’re not oddsmakers, but we’re definitely not taking the bet that this time they’re telling the truth about the May date. A better bet would be a few days before the Olympics starts.
The rowers are at least as nervous as the sailors (and the Divers are bitching now, too), especially given the kind of abuse their hands get. The chemical, physical, and mental preparation for this one is on a level none have seen before, but Olympians are programmed to act, and they’ll bite down on their dental dams and get to work. Few, if any, are turning down their spot out of fear – it’s just not in their genes. Unfortunately for organizers, spectators are susceptible to fear, and they’re staying home.
It didn’t help that the mayor told the public not to blow their money on waterfront tickets, and instead set their chairs up on free land, “drink your beer in peace with your family…and watch the rowing for free.”
Bad news for the Olympics, but good news for the athletes and the media – it makes life easier for us. And for sailing, it’s a mixed blessing – more people (online, anyway) and mainstream reporters will be paying attention to Guanabara Bay than to any Olympic sailing venue in history. As long as no one loses a medal after getting a dead body wrapped around their rudder or loses a limb or their life from some shit-borne zombie virus, there’s a real chance sailing could win some new spectators – something the sport desperately needs after its second-to-last performance among all sports broadcasts in 2012.
Who says Sailing Anarchy can’t find a silver lining? Here’s the place to talk about everything Rio 2016.
- Tags: guanabara bay, impeachment, ISAF, pollution, recession, Rio 2016, rousseff, rowing, world sailing
March 18th, 2016 by admin
Allah frowned on the Sultanate of Oman this past weekend after the beautiful town of Muscat provided yet another dismal showing for the beleaguered ACWS. Fortunately, only a few gullible AC junkies paid to watch The World’s Fastest Boats drift around at 7 knots in another mind-numbingly bad pay-per-view production of The World’s Best Everything, and local spectators were nonexistent.
ISAF kindly waited for Russell Coutts’ Drifting Circus to end before releasing the news that proved ACEA is just as incompetent as ISAF at picking venues; after learning that they were required to guarantee equal treatment of all member nations’ sailors – even the Jews – Oman has officially withdrawn from their hosting of the 2016 ISAF Youth Worlds.
This is the same Oman that’s already spent tens of millions of dollars on the Oman Sail initiative to help transform the Sultanate into an international yachting destination while reintroducing Oman’s sailing heritage into the national culture. Apparently, the Sultan just isn’t that into sailing any more – at least not if it means his kingdom needs to play by the same rules as everyone else.
Oman Sail CEO David Graham seemed to miss the news. According to him, “The feedback…from the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman has been extremely positive. Let’s do it again!” At least so long as the Jews stay home?
Several hig-ranking Israelis have told us that without Sailing Anarchy’s highlighting of a little story on a little Tel Aviv news network back in November, this disturbing trend of anti-Israeli discrimination in international yachting may have continued unnoticed, and without thousands of you guys calling, writing, social media shaming, and otherwise holding ISAF and your national authorities’ feet to the fire; it’s a great example of the people taking their organization back from power-hungry bureaucrats and the vendors who curry their favor.
We also encourage you not to let up, and to continue to push back against the man who has presided over the most embarrassing period in ISAF/World Sailing history: President Carlo Croce. While our sources have told us he is a passionate sailor who joined the ExComm to do good things, we’ve also seen how quickly power can corrupt at the top level of any sport. Croce is currently caught in a massive and blatant conflict of interest that never should have been allowed — he continues to sit as both President of the Italian Sailing Federation AND President of Italy’s most prestigious yacht club — it’s time for a major change, starting with the man responsible for much of the opacity and intransigence of sailing’s governing federation.
Those who care about the governance of the sport and about sailing’s international reputation, we encourage you to get educated, and a good place to start is a deep look into the summarily inadequate Minutes of ISAF’s Executive Committee meeting from February 12th in Rio. What’s the next big drama? We think there are more than a few clues in here.
February 29th, 2016 by admin
Over the past year and a half, what was formerly one of the world’s most powerful and prominent sporting organizations has become a cautionary tale on corruption in event and venue selection, lack of transparency, and back room deals – something that’s been plaguing our own ISAF/World Sailing for quite some time. Despite the total ridicule and the huge magnifying glass to which FIFA is now subjected, football’s governing body is still resisting open elections and non-secret ballots – something we’ve been begging ISAF to do for years.
Prospective presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein petitioned FIFA last month to allow see-through voting booths for this important election to prevent members from taking pics of their ballot votes with cellphones and otherwise prevent shenanigans; while this may not be the kind of transparency we’re looking for in sailing, it’s an interesting step to take. FIFA didn’t think so (despite Ali offering to pay for the booths), and al-Hussein has now taken the issue to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It’s worth watching for anyone interested in governance, and anyone who has been following the various ongoing AC34 cases against ISAF; CAS is in charge of our sport too, and their thoughts on more transparency will be noteworthy for all sports.
More info here.
February 23rd, 2016 by admin
With World Sailing getting a new name, we thought it might be a good time to publish a document using a name we’ve wanted to use for ages! At this link, you will find the new International Sailing Anarchy Federation – Rules for Racing and Sailing – a/k/a the ISAF RRS.
Printed under a Creative Commons license, these rules greatly simplify the traditional racing rules used by other systems without infringing on any of their copyrights.
Most importantly, they allow any event or organization who uses them to ignore other sailing governance requirements; according to every legal professional we spoke to, World Sailing’s copyright over their Rules provides their only legal basis for requiring compliance with their internal regulations. Overreaching by the already legally beleaguered WS would easily be struck down by the courts or legislatures of most any Western nation.
For instance, by using the new ISAF Rules for Racing and Sailing rather than the World Sailing RRS, you can hold your own World Championship without running afoul of the World Sailing prohibition on using the word ‘World’ or ‘World Championship.’ And that’s just the beginning.
NOTE: This article does not constitute legal advice. NOTE 2: Parts of the attached RRS may constitute satire. Please check with your event or club counsel before using them, and you have our blessing to modify them as you like.
Will you use the new ISAF RRS? If not, why? Speak.
February 18th, 2016 by admin