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ISAF World Sailing continues its confusing stance on Olympic classes and events.  For a while, the world was operating under WS’s stated goal of keeping everything the same until 2020; then, it was all about adding kiteboards and foilers and maybe even a 4-boat winner-take-all medal race for all classes.  Now, World Sailing’s Board seems to have backtracked on everything…or have they?  Here’s the statement forwarded by a helpful MNA sitting next to me in the WS Conference…

The President, Carlo Croce, with the support of all Board members, has decided, following his most recent communications with the IOC, that he, as President, shall not propose an alternative Olympic slate to Council in February 2017.  This means that World Sailing would propose the existing 10 Events and Equipment for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.

In addition, World Sailing will continue to pursue the possibility of an 11th Medal in 2020 with the IOC on the basis that the total number of athletes remains at 380.  Furthermore, World Sailing is also exploring the possibility of a showcase sailing event in Tokyo which if agreed would be over and above the existing athlete quota. The Board believes this strategy best protects existing investments and programmes, whilst enabling World Sailing to demonstrate innovation to the IOC.

The Board will continue to support changes in format and fleet sizes to best meet the objectives of the IOC’s Agenda 2020.  These decisions will be made in accordance with normal World Sailing processes.

Regarding gender equity, the IOC has confirmed that gender equity in 2020 may be assessed at a “sport level” (i.e. on the basis of total number of athletes in each sport).  Hence World Sailing can meet IOC’s gender equity requirements in 2020 with appropriate fleet quota changes, within sailing’s current 10 Events and can seek to achieve gender equity at an event level by 2024.

November 10th, 2016 by admin

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They may or may not be the first AC team to nail a proper foiling tack on camera, but they’re definitely the first to provide a ‘how-to’ guide to it!  Great work from Chris Draper and the SoftBank Team Japan ‘media team’ (ahem…Matty…ahem) on provide compelling content for their fans and the public – something we’ve seen precious little of over the past year.  Chat about SBTJ here, or learn more about Softbank’s “flack” here.

August 25th, 2016 by admin

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A mix of boat-breaking and ultra-light weather saw Laser superstar Paul Goodison take the 2016 Moth Worlds in Hayama Japan last week.  Goodie was helped out by a healthy dose of the much quicker Rob Greenhalgh (who took 6 bullets in 13 races) losing two races to gear failure and losing his big lead in the final race to an abandonment.  It ended Rob’s hard run to the top, with Chris Rashley finishing in second, three points off Paul.  It was the first time Brits have owned the Moth Worlds podium in the foiling era.

While it’s tough to judge without the top Mach 2 sailors on site, Britain’s Exocet moth took four of the top five spots, showing just how quickly the balance of power can shift when the Gulari/Outteridge/ETNZ/Burling technology machine is otherwise occupied and Amac’s busy making his Waszp take flight.

With the big distances involved and many of the top Mothies off doing their Olympic thang, the Hayama Worlds was the quietest in years, though Junichi Hirai took some gorgeous shots in the equally pretty bay.  Beau Outteridge finally came out of the creative hole he fell into during his AC daze, producing his best video in years on Day 2 here.

May 31st, 2016 by admin

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The International Moth Worlds continues in Japan this week, with the event again starting off with boat-and-sailor-breaking waves and breeze – just like the 2015 event on Australia’s Mornington Pensinsula.

Injuries and boat breakages have made alphabet soup of a shallow 68-boat fleet lacking all but one of the past ten World Champs, but between the beautiful venue, perfect hospitality, and the looks on these honest-to-goodness Formula 1-style pit girls, nobody’s bitching. And with Nathan, Peter, and Bora off doing their Olympic things, finally the Brits have a shot at taking not only the Ashes, but their first Moth Worlds since Simon Payne in Dubai 2009.

GBR’s Paul Goodison leads Chris Rashley and Rob Greenhalgh in the money spots, while the Aussies – Garda world champ Josh McKnight, big wave specialist Rob Gough, and Class prez Scott Babbage – sit in pouncing position after three days of racing.  Aussies and Poms round own the top ten with the lone American in the fleet – Brad Funk – holding 25th place. Full results are here. The Sailor Girl’s got the info on the ground, so go over and check out her interviews right now.

Day Two          Day Three           Day Four 

May 28th, 2016 by admin

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We cannot understand why the fuck people are still killing whales, and the fucking Japanese ‘research” slaughter just ended with a tally of 333 whales, 200 of them pregnant females – an increase over the last whale hunt season.  Read it and weep.

We are outraged that the Japanese continue this barbaric “tradition”, and further outraged that there isn’t a significant international outcry against this brutal, inhumane slaughter. Photo from Sea Shepherd.

And every time you right wing fucks bitch about the Sea Shepherds and their brethren, take a look at the pictures and get off your bullshit high horse. If you can’t figure out who the real bad guys are, then congratulations – you have blood on your hands.

 

March 30th, 2016 by admin

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The folks at Wakayama Sailing Center pulled in 23 Japanese teams together for their 2015 J/24 Nationals, which served as a dry run for next year’s Japan Worlds, which we would urge you to enter if we could find a website for it. Japanese Nationals report from Koji Matsuomoto, the new owner of the former Clear Air, Rossi Milev’s almost-world-champ several times over.

23 boats from all over Japan gathered a week before the racing to be sure their boats would measure thanks to IJCA Technical Committee Tim Winger. We had an unusual light wind ranging from 5-12kt throughout the 3-days regatta. Gekko (Tokuma TAKESUE) that finished 4th overall for the 2015 Worlds in Germany won the very close regatta with Gekko Diana (Tomomi HATAKEYAMA) in 2nd, and last year’s champions Siesta (Nobuyuki IMAI) on the 3rd. There were several new boats helmed by past J/24 and Snipe national champions, keeping the regatta exciting. The Siesta team has been organising sailing clinics at Wakayama regularly to help bring everyone’s knowledge of local winds and currents up to the same level, setting the stage for a very exciting and unique World Championshiop next year.

 

November 29th, 2015 by admin

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Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 11.32.48 PMBecause history has shown just how effective walls are against nature, Japan is doing 400 km of their very own to prevent the kind of mass death the last tsunami caused.  Will 5 stories tall be enough? 

We like local mayor Tsuneaki Iguchi‘s comment, and it applies to everyone everywhere who lives on a major coast.  “We don’t need the sea wall to be higher. What we do need is for everyone to evacuate,” Iguchi said.  Read the full story here.

 

March 23rd, 2015 by admin

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