Posts Tagged ‘ISAF’
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
Mr. Clean’s long chat with World Sailing Chief Marketeer Malcolm Page last week revealed that ISAF’s budgeted near-million-dollar line item for “World Sailing TV” referred to the 23-minute monthly television show that is apparently the keystone of ISAF’s new rebranding effort. Episode 1 dropped on Youtube yesterday, and we struggled to get through it. We can’t say it’s terrible – it does cover a few interesting things and some desperately dull ones – but we can say with some certainty that if the product stays like this, it will fail.
The first edition of World Sailing TV is like stepping back in time 15 years, which makes a lot of sense; as Page told us, it is essentially a more blue-blazered, olympic-ringed version of the Seamaster Sailing, the late night TV and order-by-mail DVD series that preceded the broadband internet era by a few essential years. But instead of a modern interpretation of what that great series did, World Sailing TV just recreates it…lazily. Labored voiceover, nothing ‘editorial’ in it at all, the series looks to us like 23 minutes of rights-free assembled PR footage set to a vanilla rights-free music track with a few dragged out interviews all tied together with a dull, labored voiceover that’s more Downton Abbey than Red Bull.
We know we’re not the target audience; not only is the information old, stale, and sanitized, but it’s almost an insult to those who stay up on the sailing news. Perhaps it is for non-sailors? It’s really hard to tell. Undoubtedly someone at ISAF has a list from some TV distribution guy that shows how this groundbreaking TV show is going to reach 200 countries and hundreds of millions of eyeballs and change the world for the sport of sailing, but we all know that’s just not true. After just one show, we’ll give World Sailing TV…4 stars out of 10, and if the next one is equally dull and uncreative, it will drop rapidly. We all deserve another try.
Title shout to another movie best forgotten (except for Sophie Marceau).
February 6th, 2016 by admin
As seems more and more common lately when it comes to ISAF and the regulation of the sport, the more you dig, the uglier it gets, and so it has gone with our reporting on the International Federation of Kitesports Organizations and its battle for survival against the might of World Sailing and its delegate, the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA).
IFKO was formed by French and Portuguese kite associations to specifically address the governance of the 90% of kiteboarding that wasn’t neatly sucked up by ISAF and the IKA under the guise of ‘sail racing’, and with kiting on the agenda when the IOC has their big meeting in Rio this summer, never has control of kiteboarding been more important than now.
We find the reason for IKFO’s creation compelling, and they’re saying all the right things in public, so we asked them to bring us up to speed on the situation. Sofia Guerreiro, IKFO’s Director General, responded, and rather than losing her written flavor, we largely left her response ‘as is’:
Yes, IFKO is a real and official organization! Legally registered on the Notary, on the Justice Ministry, with a number of registrations, with sport statutes and all parameters created by the rules of the World of Sports under the direct guidelines of SportAccord. IFKO intends to give Kitesports its own self-determination as an independent Sport! We are kiteriders, we are not sailors or tennis players. We have our own culture, identity and our own athletes!
Last week’s IKA press release and statement, like any other in the past, is their style move. They have no legal authority, but they try to push people into believing it and fake it. IFKO simply applied like any other new sport for recognition at SportAccord. After SportAccord’s analysis of our process and legitimacy, we decided to open a platform to start the recognition process. Now ISAF and IKA will have to deal with it and with what they have done in the past!
In 2012, ISAF’s AGM registered one single discipline “IKA Formula Kite” in a self-named “Kiteboarding Committee”. None of the other 17 kiting disciplines were registered, and therefore SportAccord recognized the legitimacy of IFKO to apply for recognition of a new sport, bringing together members of those other 17 disciplines and achieving the Full Membership thereafter.
- IFKO does not recognize IKA authority anywhere, nor will we engage in bad vibe discussions with this private company
- IFKO recognizes ISAF as the IF of the sport: Sailing;
- IFKO is the IF of the sport: Kitesports;
- Last AGM of ISAF was in 2012;
- Only IFs AGMs are official stages, so any decision taken, meetings or whatsoever taken in the middle are internal affairs (we do not have to respect it or even read it);
- ISAF legal reach of actions is written in 2012 AGM minutes, where the only discipline registered was “IKA-Formula-kite”;
- IKA is an undefined structure of ISAF, not recognized by SportAccord or IOC;
- IKA company can only work under official decisions settled at last ISAF AGM 2012; saying different is not legal.
- IKA and ISAF would be right to complain if IFKO used the Racing Rules of Sailing or any other property of ISAF, and/or if IKFO organized ‘IKA-Formula Kite’ competitions as registered by IKA. IKFO does not do either of these things.
- IKFO does not care if IKA tries to make Formula-Kite in the Olympics. IKFO has 17 disciplines of kitesports to develop and will focus on that.
- “IKA”, the legal figure “association” with the name “international kiteboarding association” does not exist, this name doesn’t legally exist;
- IKA said in their “AGM” openly that they are a private company registered in Gibraltar with the name “Kitesports LTD”;
- Private companies have owners, and share holders, do not have “associates”;
- Private companies are made for money self profits objectives and therefore will not have the kiteriders’ interests as their first objective. Profit motives can help explain the motivation behind IKA’s threats to riders and judges and IKA’s goals over the past four years.
- We cannot find any legal contract between Ika and Isaf in the public minutes of Isaf. Is it secret? Who signed it? What does it says? Does it exist?
- IFKO will not use World Saling Rules, officials or whatsoever sailing stuff – that was something decontextualised and absurd said by new WS/Isaf CEO ;
- IFKO uses Kite rules, Kite directors, Kite identity dynamics, and our own sport identity to our competitions;
- IFKO does not ban Athletes that is blackmail, VERY wrong and ANTI-SPORT;
- SO IKA/ISAF IS BANNING ATHLETES OF COMPETITIONS THEY DO NOT HAVE LEGAL RIGHT TO ORGANIZE!
- Our process of recognition of a new sport was accepted by SportAccord and now is opened to receive our reports to build it;
- IFKO just gets “recognition” after a proper stage of building (World Championships, WADA compliance, youth anti-doping seminars, actions of equality for women, actions for disabled Athletes, etc.);
- It is supposed we organize Worldchampionships because SportAccord demands reports of it, to submit evaluation if are being properly organized by Olympic movement standards;
- We have guidelines to prepare the process already with standards to Kitesports be able of recognition by IOC.
- IFKO will not officially answer IKA’s threatening letter, IFKO has no duties to this private company;
- Our letter to the ISAF CEO is ready and may be public soon,
- Actually, if ISAF continues to threaten our riders and judges, it will help our argument to SportAccord.
- We believe IKA is engaging in fear tactics, trying to scare athletes at the moment of registration not do it, because they could have fear of IKA’s procedures. The spread of fear is unacceptable.
- IKA strategies to our community always were, are, and will be lies, fear, threat, blackmail and abuse…and the most incredible is that community is believing it for years. IKFO does not accept it, and supports the end of secrets and back room deals. Sport should be transparent, with decisions made democratically between representative national associations.
It´s time to for IKA to prove that it: 1st -exists?, 2nd- have any authority in what?, 3rd- has legal connection/contract with ISAF, made when? Who signed it? What was signed for us all? Where are these papers that should be public documents? Are they hidden or do they even exist?
Why during these 5 to 8 years the Kite community had no access to public documents decided by IKA?
Even more irregular: if ISAF bans Riders from other sport competitions, why is selling “special statutes” to others (and not only for WKT) to organize competitions??
ISAF seems to “sell” world championships: to WKT, to IKA and someone told us there is a 3rd client soon. Amazing. (it does not matter if they are going to court with each other, important is to sell and pretend you have the authority to sell it)
(By the way ISAF is also a private company and not a non-for-profit association, as SportAccord membership demands and demanded to IFKO).
All this is why the Portuguese and the French associations joined energies: to give Kitesports a fair chance inside Sport correct values to be regulated by itself and not to be submitted to this subversion and disorder that damage athletes and sport.
Kitesports wants to take the way Surf did, we all kiteriders should join in community and just follow the correct path other sports already did. IFKO is working against this sailing fake fear campaign that, even totally agreeing with IFKO, is keeping many national associations quiet and still.
Yes we have our wallet ready and a team of lawyers and sporting specialists. Now it’s up to the President.
February 5th, 2016 by admin
For around thirty years now, ISAF (now known as World Sailing) has had a peculiar rule. It’s a rule that almost every other sporting organization long ago learned wasn’t enforceable, but somehow, World Sailing didn’t get the memo. And as The Ed reported yesterday, World Sailing is using this rule as a bludgeon to try to kill off a potential rival for control of kiteboarding – and the megamillions ready to flow the sport’s way when the Olympic money faucet turns in a few short years (or way sooner).
We are not opining on whether World Sailing is the proper governing body for kiteboarding. It may be the best possible option, and the kiters could be lucky to have them in command. But we sure don’t remember a robust public debate about it, or a vote among the millions of kiting enthusiasts to submit to ISAF control over their competition rather than some other body. And we do remember the manner in which ISAF quietly snatched control of all things kiting in 2009 and immediately threatened independent kiting organizations. It was nasty, and wrong. And in some countries, we believe it is illegal at worst, and unenforceable at best.
We believe the IKFO can be the organization that finally invalidates ISAF World Sailing’s absolute control over the word “World”, and shines a light on the legally questionable and chaotic patchwork of regulations the sport’s governing body uses to prevent a problem that doesn’t exist. Easy for us to say – we’re not volunteering to fund a legal challenge to World Sailing’s threat to the IKFO. But it’s definitely worth a few hours of investigation by a good lawyer if the IKFO is a real organization and not some kind of stunt.
Word War 19
At issue is World Sailing Regulation 19.14, which says a sailor’s eligibility for all sailing events “may be suspended or revoked…for competing in a Prohibited Event’ without ISAF approval, that ‘uses the word “world” either in the title of the event or otherwise…’
In other words, if you go race in the ‘Stand-Up-Paddleboard-With-Big-Sail World Cup’, and World Sailing finds out, they claim they can prevent you from sailing in any event that uses the ISAF Racing Rules for two full years.
Now maybe they can in some countries. Hell, maybe they can in most countries. But as many other sports have found out, there’s a chunk of the world where the government doesn’t allow sporting bodies – especially those with government-granted monopolies like US Sailing or ISAF – to exclude competitors because they don’t like their extracurricular activities. If you’re talking about livelihoods, it gets even worse for World Sailing – try to explain to a US Court that you’re preventing a sponsored kiteboarder from earning a living because he sailed a weekend event in some unrelated organization’s ‘World Cup.’ If you can do that with a straight face, you need to talk to an American lawyer. Or ring Jim Capron, the President of US Sailing back when the organization got smacked around by Farrah Hall’s legal team, blowing hundreds of thousands in legal fees and costs in their support of ISAF-written rules on eligibility. It’s a slam dunk.
It’s not that complicated:
It’s not the World Cup, it’s the FIFA World Cup.
It’s not the Formula One World Championship, it’s the FIA Formula One World Championship.
It’s not the Skiing World Cup, it’s the FIS Skiing World Cup.
It’s not the Boxing World Championship, it’s the WBA, WBC, WBO, IBA, IBC, IBO World Championship.
Does anyone really think these sports’ governing bodies are less sophisticated than World Sailing? Maybe they have dumber lawyers or less creative rule writers? Major League Baseball can’t even prevent foreign baseball leagues from using the words “World Series”, but somehow World Sailing can control an even more general word? Why is this even a question anymore?
Answer: Because no one has challenged it. But a little pushback and the invalidation of the offending part of Regulation 19 would be a great thing for World Sailing in the long run. They could stop defending archaic ideas and focus on building their reputation and their brand, whatever it’s called these days.
We say to IKFO: Get your wallets out, find yourself a hungry lawyer itching for a fight, and make some noise for kiteboarding just as the Olympics starts thinking about turning the money on for a new discipline in sailing, or board sports, or whoever ends up owning the kites. We’re pretty confident that some court-ordered sunshine on World Sailing’s Regulations will illuminate a lot more than a little vocabularic overreach.
February 3rd, 2016 by admin
Sailing Anarchy Senior Editor Mr. Clean finally tracked down double gold medalist Malcolm Page, the new spokesman and Chief Marketing Officer of World Sailing, to get the inside story on all the controversies piling up in ISAF’s inbox. Page didn’t always give a complete answer but he didn’t back down, and a 20 minute chat turned into nearly an hour-long interview on the lawn at Coral Reef Yacht Club. Want to know the latest directly from ISAF/WS about the Israel visa scandal and World Sailing’s response? How about the name change? Rio pollution, the loss of spectator stands, the Zika virus, the million-dollar-a-year World Sailing TV plan, and watching the Olympics? It’s all here, along with much more. Rather than take the time to mix the video with the audio, we’re presenting this one as an audio-only podcast; you can listen above or download it for later from Mixcloud.
NOTE: Those of you looking to watch the live broadcast of the Miami medal races on Saturday need to either get a VPN or make sure your cable includes ESPN. Contrary to what Mal told us during the interview, the live stream is NOT available in the US unless you have pay TV, but strangely, it’s not even on pay TV – it’s only available through online broadcaster ESPN3. So the first shot at livestreaming this cycle in the USA begins with a non-measurable, highly restrictive internet broadcast that seems likely to reach a few thousand people at best.
Not a great start to the brilliant World Sailing TV plan to take over the world, but that’s what happens when you pay a 65-year old man to distribute your media in 2016…
January 28th, 2016 by admin