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As we pointed out last week, ISAF WORLD SAILING’s mealy-mouthed response to Malaysia’s violation of ISAF and IOC rules in their discrimination against Israeli sailors didn’t actually say much, nor, in our opinion, will it prevent a repeat violation amongst the Israel-haters hosting many of ISAF’s coming events. As far as we can tell, ISAF WORLD SAILING hasn’t even invalidated the World Championship status of the Langkawi event despite clear noncompliance with the Racing Rules of Sailing and the ISAF/Malaysia’s Host Venue Agreement – and the fact that two of the perennial medal winning juniors couldn’t attend.
We’re not sure why World Sailing is so weak-kneed and impotent, but usually these things flow downward from the top; perhaps President Carlo Croce is too busy? Remember, this guy – ostensibly running the organization governing the entire world’s sailboat racing – is also the President of the Italian Sailing Federation and the President of Italy’s biggest yacht club. Busy man?
Like us (and anyone else who’s been paying attention), the Israel Sailing Association has no faith in ISAF World Sailing, and they’re not going to hide quietly by while their athletes are unlawfully excluded from this Olympic-funded sport. After reading the World Sailing statement on Malaysia’s malfeasance, the ISA asked on Monday for a guarantee from Croce that Israeli sailors won’t be excluded from any future ISAF events.
“We are very concerned that their decisions have no teeth,” ISA President Gili Amir told The Jerusalem Post. “If we don’t remain on guard, we will find ourselves in the same situation ahead of the championships in Oman as we did in Malaysia.
“There are a lot of politics involved, and everyone just wants to get away with the minimum required. The president is facing an election in November and this is all politics. He wants everyone to support him. No one knows what will happen the day after the president is chosen and we are concerned.
“If there isn’t a proper warning period to make sure host countries act according to the Olympic Charter and that if they don’t they will lose the competition or be barred from taking part in the Olympics or sanctions of that sort which can change their stance, there is no point to this entire episode.”
Israel’s Yoav Omer and Noy Drihan did not have an opportunity to defend their titles at the Youth World Championships in Langkawi, Malaysia, earlier this month after the ISA said that it will not be participating in the event due to the demands made by the organizers and the fact the surfers had yet to receive visas.
The ISA claimed that it was told the surfers would not compete under the Israel flag, wouldn’t be allowed to use any symbol identifiable with Israel on their cloths or surfboards and that the national anthem would not be played should an Israeli win a gold medal.
“We are disappointed that Malaysia hasn’t been punished,” said Amir. “We are also skeptical whether World Sailing plans to enforce its own decisions. We are afraid that this is all politics and we only trust ourselves.”
After investigating the matter, World Sailing wrote in a statement last week that “all World Sailing championships involve an element of country representation, and at all these regattas, flags shall be displayed and winners’ anthems played. They shall be displayed and played equally for all competitors.
Organizing Authorities who are not able to meet this requirement should not bid, and will not be selected, to host future World Sailing championships.”
The sport’s governing body said that it “deeply regrets” that Israel’s representatives were unable to compete “due to the conditions imposed by the Malaysian authorities,” but also added that the ISA’s conduct contributed to the unfortunate outcome.
“That is complete nonsense. We did exactly what we were supposed to,” insisted Amir. “They received our letter 24 hours before we sent it to the media. They are telling tales. They had to somehow appease the Malaysians so they wrote that nonsense. It is entirely inaccurate. We went exactly by the book and they are looking for excuses after not meeting their obligations.”
Amir believes money is ultimately the source of the problem.
“Organizing an international sailing competition is an expensive business and World Sailing chooses countries in which it makes money,” explained Amir. “Places like Oman, Malaysia or Abu Dhabi pay World Sailing a lot of money to host events. They don’t even have any sailors so what incentive do they have other than a political one?
“This is a growing trend in recent years, with more rich Muslim countries bidding for competitions. We are waging a battle for all of Israeli sport and this shouldn’t be the case because this isn’t our private war. Israel has a Foreign Ministry, Sports Ministry and Prime Minister’s Office and I see this as their responsibility. They don’t give us the support we need. We shouldn’t even need to deal with this.”
Read the rest of the story here.
January 21st, 2016 by admin
ISAF World Sailing today issued the formal report and recommendations for the Langkawi Youth Worlds in Malaysia we’ve all been waiting for. You remember – just a day ago, they told us it would be some groundbreaking shit, and we told you not to hold your breath. It’s not complete crap, and it certainly moves the conversation forward. But as you’d expect from a report written by an obviously conflicted party working for ISAF, it’s mostly a whitewash, and pretty much every ‘fact found’ had already been published in the Sailing Anarchy Forums or Israeli press days or weeks before. Let’s have a look (Report excerpts are indented):
World Sailing deeply regret that 2 sailors from the Israel Yachting Association (IYA) were unable to compete at the 2015 Youth World Championships due to the conditions imposed by the Malaysian authorities, in order for them to be allowed permission to enter the country and compete at the regatta.
They’re sorry! We cannot remember the last time ISAF apologized for anything. That means more than you might think.
The key facts are set-out below and as a consequence of the investigation World Sailing re-affirms and defines more explicitly, the requirements of its “no discrimination” regulations on all regatta organizers. In summary, going forward, in the event of a breach of the “no discrimination” regulations at a regatta, World Sailing shall at its discretion impose sanctions on the Member National Authority (MNA) concerned. These may include:
• non-selection as a future venue;
• denial of appointment of World Sailing race officials to future regattas in the country, and / or
• cancellation of membership of World Sailing.
Notice these ‘sanctions’ are not mandatory despite the use of the term ‘shall…impose’; the words are gutted by the loose legalese ‘at its discretion’ and ‘may include’. It’s an old trick a lawyer uses when they think you’re stupid and they are trying to fool you. This loose language absolves World Sailing from imposing any sanctions on any MNA as long as they don’t feel like it, and allows them to impose only the most token of sanctions if they want. It also ignores perhaps the most important sanction of all: Invalidating the regatta where the discrimination occurred.
Countries who do not have diplomatic relations with the country of a chosen venue, and officials who know they may have difficulty over entry into a country, shall accept the need to highlight these challenges well in advance. Such countries shall be prepared to select sailors and plan participation early enough for arrangements to be made.
Changing venue after selection is never desirable. In future, World Sailing staff will explicitly report on the implementation of its “no discrimination” requirement at a World Sailing regatta to the committee responsible so that any emerging difficulties can promptly be escalated to the Council of World Sailing.
Instead of a hard requirement that a suspect nation’s Minister of Immigration or State Department Chief or King or Chief Avenger sign a Host Venue Agreement (including the nondiscrimination clause) guaranteeing immigration status to all competitors, Chris Atkins’ report calls for ‘highlighting these challenges well in advance’. So no real timing guidelines for the revolving door of ISAF volunteers who run these events, more of a call for someone to ‘say something, so emerging difficulties can be escalated.’ T.P.S. Reports, anyone?
Spread It Around
The conditions required by the Malaysian authorities breached Article 7 of the World Sailing constitution. The late starting of the process to enable Israeli sailors to participate, delays and poor communication by all parties during that process, and the late notification of the conditions, contributed to the outcome and made it impossible for World Sailing and IOC to resolve the incident before the championships.
Here’s another tricky passage that calls to mind ambassadors and diplomatic statements rather than a sport enforcing its laws. It starts off so strongly: “Malaysia, you broke the fucking rules.” But then it all falls apart in the time-honored method of cowards and diplomats everywhere – creating fictitious blame and spreading it around. Despite their own timeline saying otherwise, Atkins blames both Israel and Malaysia for ‘delays’, even though the Israelis notified Malaysia of their team 2 and a half months before the event – plenty of time to get a visa in any country, and precisely the amount of time Israel needed to complete the regattas they used to select its team. It was Malaysia who then waited almost two months before telling the Israelis the odious ‘conditions’ they’d need to meet if they wanted to compete: No public presence, no purchasing of anything, no attendance at the event off the water, no anthem, national sail identification, and so on. Atkins somehow has the nerve to write that it was the ‘late notification of the conditions…’ that contributed to the outcome; but it wasn’t. It was the despicable, discriminatory conditions themselves that created the problem, and ISAF and the IOC’s lack of spine that allowed it to go on. End of story.
The Five Commandments
• All sailors at all sailing events shall be entitled to race with their country code letters on their sails. A requirement for sailors to enter any sailing event under “World Sailing” or other disguising title breaches World Sailing regulations.
• If country flags are to be displayed, anthems played, or national team clothing worn, this shall apply equally to all sailors from all MNAs.
• All World Sailing championships involve an element of country representation, and at all these regattas, flags shall be displayed and winners’ anthems played. They shall be displayed and played equally for all competitors. Organizing Authorities who are not able to meet this requirement should not bid, and will not be selected, to host future World Sailing championships.
• The principle also applies to officials appointed by World Sailing to regattas. An Organizing Authority or host country MNA shall not seek to restrict such appointments on the grounds of race or any other discrimination.
• With regard to security, World Sailing believes that security is the responsibility of the host country; and there shall be no obligation to accept other nations’ security personnel. Security considerations may mean sailors from different countries are treated differently ashore.
We like this concise list of the kind of behaviour that’s prohibited as it doesn’t leave much up to interpretation. But neither do the current IOC or ISAF rules, and Malaysia (and Oman, and Abu Dhabi) ignored the hell out of those. Remember, the danger here is some vague possibility of sanctions levied on a whole nation by a body that’s shown no stomach for it; does anyone think that this won’t be a problem five or ten years down the road when the next country decides it wants to exclude people for whatever reason?
The final bullet above is a direct reference to the excuse that Malaysia gave for the Israeli situation – like George W. Bush, they trot out the old ‘risk to security!’ to explain their visa conditions. Israel presumably said “fine – we’ll send our own bodyguards”. Malaysia didn’t like that, and ISAF is trying to head the problem off with this term. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that we don’t have to revisit this one anytime soon.
Days of Future Past
While the report conveniently ignores the string of ISAF screwups that led to Malaysia being awarded the Youth Worlds without an ironclad nondiscrimination guarantee despite their knowledge that it was a potential problem, it does clearly lay out what’s prohibited in a way that can’t be ignored, and it should be commended at least for doing that job somewhat competently. But what about the 900-pound elephant in the room?
We’re talking, of course, about the validity of not just the Youth Worlds, but also last year’s RS:X Worlds in Oman (an Olympic qualifier) as well as the 2014 and ’15 Sailing World Cup Finale in Abu Dhabi – all regattas with discriminatory visa issues that excluded top Israeli sailors. The Atkins report itself cites an October statement from the International Olympic Committee – the body from which ISAF and MNAs get much if not most of their funding from – addressing the problem head-on. The IOC wrote that for all competitions taking place under the auspices of an International Federation or National Olympic Committee or their continental or regional associations, it has to be ensured that all athletes from all their members can enter a country to compete and are treated equally. It was agreed that should this rule not be respected, the event in question cannot serve as a qualification event for the Olympic Games or any other championship. [emphasis ours].”
The Atkins report adds that “World Sailing confirms it will apply this guidance strictly to all future sailing regattas.” But what about the qualification events that just happened? How are they somehow considered valid despite clearly violating the IOC rules?”
All in all, the ISAF World Sailing Report on Malaysian discrimination has holes big enough to drive an RS:X through. That being said, it’s more direct and clearer than almost anything ISAF has done in years. When one has been fed a diet of rotten food and offal for as long as one can remember, a piece of Wonder Bread tastes like the finest gourmet meal. With Oman on deck for the Youth Worlds and Israel scheduled for the year after, here’s to the hope that the next meal is something a little better, and the one after that, better still.
- Tags: Abu Dhabi, antisemitism, discrimination, ISAF, malaysia, oman, Visa, world sailing, youth worlds
January 13th, 2016 by admin
With ISAF issuing one of the softest, weakest statements possible about the Malaysian visa scandal, it’s good to see there are sporting federations out there that aren’t controlled by weak, scared old men. Have a look at what the head of the world’s ping pong association told Malaysia…and their event hasn’t even happened yet. Are you listening, ISAF? Is there anyone at your organization that can actually be a leader?
KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia could be barred from hosting major table tennis events unless it gives Israel visas to compete in next month’s world team championships, the sport’s global body said today (Jan 7).
Judit Farago, CEO of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), gave the warning as the results of the Israeli team’s visa applications remain undecided.
“If they deny visas, then Malaysia will not be awarded any world title events in the future by the ITTF,” Farago told AFP by email.
Get in the thread for more news, and to discuss the impending statement by conflicted ISAF ‘investigator’ Chris Atkins.
January 10th, 2016 by admin
ISAF World Sailing started playing the ‘blame the Jews’ game with their recent release about the Malaysian visa denials, sending ISAF ‘Investigator’ Chris Atkins (who was part of the team that negotiated the Malaysia ISAF Worlds agreement) for his ‘deep’ investigation of the situation. Atkins is clearly working hard – so hard that he could only spend a minute giving a quote to the “Free Malaysia Today” newspaper for their article entitled “Country’s Reputation Not Effected By Visa Denials To Israelis.”
No, we’re not making that up. And yes, ISAF knew long ago that Malaysia was a problem. According to ‘Investigator’ Atkins, the event’s success is a ‘result of the commitment shown by the sailors taking part and the hard work of the Malaysian Sailing Association to ensure the smooth running of the tournament.’ “This tournament will be the beginning of a journey for these young surfers towards the 2020 Olympics and that’s why we call this championship a jewel,” said Atkins. A smooth-running jewel, as long as you ignore hundreds of articles, worldwide outrage, and sponsor problems.
But fortunately, ISAF World Sailing has given everyone attending the London Boat Show a chance to weigh in on the issue on Friday. As posted yesterday by SA’er ‘winchfodder’ in the contentious thread, you can go and chat with ISAF, so PLEASE GO AND ASK GARY JOBSON WHY ISAF IS SENDING THE GUY WHO HELPED LAUNCH THE MALAYSIA WORLDS TO INVESTIGATE THE MALAYSIA WORLDS. While you’re at it, ask them how much it cost them to buy Matt Sheahan off.
AN AUDIENCE WITH WORLD SAILING
15:45 January 8th 2016
London Boat Show Theatre | London Boat Show | ExCel
You are invited to join World Sailing for a 30 Minute interactive discussion on the direction of the sport. With topics to be covered including:
The Road to Rio
The Emerging Nations Program
The launch of new World Sailing website
World Sailing TV
World Sailing’s new in-house production facilities
Speakers to include World Sailing’s Vice President Gary Jobson and Chief Marketing Officer Malcolm Page along with special guests including World Sailing TV Series Editorial Director Matthew Sheahan.
- Tags: discrimination, ISAF, israel, jews, jobson, malaysia, muslim, parker, rolex, sheahan, world sailing
January 6th, 2016 by admin
The Malaysian visa denial scandal has started a full-fledged political brouhaha in Malaysia’s government, but there’s plenty going on under ISAF’s roof as well, with a crucial emergency meeting coming up on the 8th of January. We turn to SA’er “Rail Meat” for a more analytical look at the situation, and what you can do to make your opinion heard before the ISAF meeting. To really dig into it and find all the links and public statements, read the SA Forum thread.
In what is normally a quiet week, there has been a lot of activity in the halls of the various organizations that govern sailing. I honestly did not expect to see as much action as we have seen, given the fact that most of the world disconnects between Christmas and New Year’s.
Since Sailing Anarchy first lit up the story about Malaysia injecting politics into a World Championship sporting event, there has been progress made. Several National Authorities including US Sailing, the Danish sailing federation, the German national sailing authority, the Dutch national sailing authority and the New Zealand national sailing authority have all made public statements that rejected Malaysia’s actions and forcefully urged World Sailing (ISAF) to take action. Some have wished for additional or different language in their responses, but in my view it was pretty remarkable that five significant national sailing authorities were able to quickly mobilize the necessary quorum to publish these statements in a timely fashion. It highlights the apparent failure of other significant sailing authorities to similarly support fair play in sailing, with no political influence.
I have also been heartened by the degree to which US Sailing President Bruce Burton has been wiling to engage in direct dialogue on the topic. He responded to an email I sent him on the topic, and engaged in an on-going dialogue that has been notable for its honesty, candor and desire to see something done about the type of politics that we saw play out in the Youth World Championships. He certainly had better things to do with his holiday week than to engage with me, and the level of detail he was willing to get into suggests to me that there is a forthright desire to see World Sailing make changes in future events. The actions taken to date by US Sailing along with the direct communication I have had with President Burton goes a long way towards restoring faith in US Sailing, and makes it far easier for the US Class 40 to renew its membership.
World Sailing’s initial response, while reasonably quick, was weak. Dispatching someone to Malaysia who was probably already going to be there is hardly a endorsement of the values we as sailors want to see in this situation. The fact that they have convened an emergency board meeting for January 8 is a positive sign that they are taking the situation seriously, or are at least engaged enough to understand that there is real anger across the sailing community over this situation. But their statement of December 31 has some worrisome language.
When they wrote that “[World Sailing] acknowledges that delays in communication by both Israeli and Malaysian officials in the lead up to the regatta have contributed to the situation spiraling into the current controversy” is a poor attempt to obscure the fundamental reason for this “current controversy”. The only reason there is any controversy is because Malaysia initially denied the Israeli athletes visas, then would only grant visas if the Israelis accepted intolerable and embarrassing restrictions that no other countries’ athletes were subject to. World Sailing’s language suggests that the Israelis were some how at least partially responsible for the outcome, a completely false canard that seems to be World Sailing’s way to spread blame and take the focus off of Malaysia and World Sailing’s culpability.
It is too late to take any action that will impact this year’s Youth World Championships. It will forever be tainted by this controversy with its host country rightfully being scorned by the world wide sailing community and its participants unfortunately never able to have the satisfaction of knowing that their accomplishments were achieved against the all of the world’s best.
It is not, however, too late to hold World Sailing accountable to make the kind of changes so that this will not happen again. This will not be easy. The very structure of World Sailing insulates its decision makers from that accountability. National Sailing Authorities have important influence, but even their ability to drive action is indirect at best. The IOC certainly has a strong influence in the form the financial contribution it makes to World Sailing, and maybe for the first time, the world’s sailing community can actually be heard, and bring more conversation to the issue.
So what can you do?
1) IF you’re in a country whose National Authority has not yet made a statement on the Malaysia visa issue, reach out directly to your national MNA via phone, email, or social media, and let them know what their membership wants to see and what you will do if you don’t see action.
2) When your authority has made a public statement, hold them accountable for following through on it. Far too frequently, these statements become lost in the shuffle, their makers forgetting promises almost as soon as they make them.
3) Contact the key parties in World Sailing directly! They do this ostensibly because they love sailing, and their job is to represent their members. You can submit a general contact via the ISAF website, or reach out to Carlo Croce, Nazil Imre, George Andreadis, Chris Atkins, Adrienne Greenwood, Gary Jobson, Quanhai Li, and W. Scott Perry – the full Exec Committee – via social media or your own contacts.
4) Reach out directly to the people who have the most contact with these types of situation -the Events Committee – and tell them how you feel. It’s a small smart and a big committee, so you might know some of them, and their contact info is here. Conversation and discussion can only help these hard-working volunteers do the right thing.
5) ISAF and the Events Committee get a significant amount of operating budget from their sponsors. If you’re not happy with ISAF’s response, let those sponsors know via social media or e-mail. They may not even know that the event they sponsor has discriminated against Israeli athletes.
As you’d expect, a wide variety of thoughts have been shared on the Sailing Anarchy thread about the “correct” course of action that should be taken by World Sailing, but a few ideas seem to be consistently repeated:
1) Malaysia should be censured, perhaps by being denied the right to host any future events (including the Monsoon Cup) for the next several years
2) World Sailing/ISAF should enhance their screening process to look for such things as governmental policies that prohibit visas to citizens of certain countries or are discriminatory in other ways. Another enhancement would be cooperation with other sporting authorities to determine if athletes in other hosted events have experienced unfair practices.
3) A demand from World Sailing that if awarded an event the national authority and the government guarantee that all athletes will be treated equitably, and an understanding that failure to follow through on this commitment could result in loss of the event or a ban on hosting future events.
4) The understanding that if sanctions are taken by World Sailing against a country, then those actions will be shared with the governing authorities for other sports for their own evaluations.
Given by an apparent history by both Oman and Israeli in holding up visas for athletes in prior events, World Sailing should require a commitment from both countries in order for them to keep the events scheduled in each over the next two years.
If you are going to share your thoughts, do it soon. January 8 is coming up quickly.
Michael “Rail Meat” Hennessy
- Tags: Abu Dhabi, Carlo Croce, discrimination, equality, ISAF, israel, jew-baiting, jews, malaysia, oman, world sailing
January 4th, 2016 by admin
As usual, it takes an Anarchist to put things much more rationally than the hothead editors of Sailing Anarchy. Longtime SAer and solo racer “Railmeat” gives us a sober answer to the question we’ve now been asked by several hundred readers: “What can I do about ISAF and the Israeli visa situation?”
ISAF, on its own, won’t be able to change a country’s policies. But what it can and should do is use its influence to ensure that the sport under its purview is kept free of those politics. And that starts with ensuring that it does not sanction events in countries that to not welcome athletes from all UN recognized countries, and welcome them on equal terms.
ISAF is funded through several revenue streams, but in no small part through all of us, the sailors. They receive revenue streams from associations, and through national sailing authorities, and those organizations are directly funded by all of us.
If you agree that sports should hold to the naïve but worthy goal of being free of these types of politics, then the answer is simple. Take action with your national authority, and the associations you are part of. Make them put pressure on ISAF to do the right thing. Make them commit that if their representatives, our representatives, are part of the decision making process then they are making the right decision on which countries are rewarded with sanctioned events.
Make those thoughts known by emailing your representatives, and make it known by with holding your dues. Speak your mind, and speak loudly.
The USA Class 40 will not be renewing it’s US Sailing membership until they forcefully and publicly state that their reps will not vote for events in countries that engage in this type of discrimination and that they, as our national representatives insist that ISAF make a similar commitment. I will also be sharing that action with the full board of the Class40.
Likewise, my own personal membership renewal arrived in the mail this past week and I will not be renewing that membership to US Sailing until they take those actions. I will also suggest to every organizer of an event that I participate in this year that they should not make US Sailing membership a requirement for participation, nor confer benefit for such membership until US Sailing takes a stand against this type of behavior.
Make your voice heard, and not just in these forums.
More answers here, and don’t forget the power of your social media account! Twitter and Facebook activism WORKS, especially when you include the big sponsors in your hashtags.
- Tags: Abu Dhabi, antisemitism, discrimination, ISAF, Langkawi, malaysia, oman, world sailing, Worlds
December 29th, 2015 by admin
When the America’s Cup went multihull, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour shuddered. Fast forward to 2013, and the Tour continues to soldier on with consistently strong competition, a great live streamed sailing package, about a million bucks of prize money on offer each year, and ISAF ‘Special Status’, reserved for a handful of events on the calendar; the Cup, the Olympics, and the AWMRT. It doesn’t hurt credibility that both drivers in the AC72 finale were WMRT alumni, or that Ben Ainslie considers it a great way to stay fresh for his ‘big cup’ aspirations, but for this good ‘ol boys website from the US of A, we’re fans because Americans obviously kick ass in this series! Sure Ed Baird was the last USAnian to take the Tour title, but San Diego Bill Hardesty’s been holding the Cup a few times as Tactician for Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar team, and Michigan’s Matty Cassidy does the same on the bow. And now, US and USVI sailor Taylor Canfield has done the impossible, storming past the 4-time title holder Williams to take a World Championship in his first-ever year as a Tour Card holder, and the first time ever that the overall Tour title came down to the final match.
Unlike the Oracle Team USA, Canfield’s US-One team is mostly American, with SF’s Dan Morris, Michigan’s Mike Rehe, and San Diego’s Brian Janney on the roster along with Kiwis Hayden Goodrick and Rod Dawson. And with this win and their third place at the final event, Canfield gets a check for some $140,000. No shit! (and don’t forget to pay your taxes, Tay!) Meanwhile, Phil Robertson’s Waka Racing takes home a cool $170,000 having won a big bonus of Monsoon Cup money along with his 3rd overall in the Tour. That’s some serious cash, and a big reason this Tour continues to attract such high caliber teams. We encourage you to check out some of the excellent videos on the WMRT channel, and enjoy this short post-victory chat with Taylor and Mr. Clean from Malaysia. For a cute info graphic on the finals boat, click here.
Share your congrats or keep tabs on the boys’ schedule on the US ONE Facebook Page over here.
- Tags: alpari world match racing tour, awmrt, malaysia, monsoon cup, Taylor Canfield, usone sailing, WMRT
December 5th, 2013 by admin
Traditional match racing isn’t always our cup of tea, but even adrenalin-junky/snobs like us have to admit it takes serious boathandling mastery to have even a remote chance of winning any match race, let alone the grand finale of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. In a great video example of this kind of skill, Bjorn Hansen must scrub off a penalty against frenchman Mathieu Richard if the Swede is to keep his hopes of a first World Title alive, and the only way to do that is to nearly stop his boat despite 15 knots of wind coming from behind. Watch it unfold here, with Clean and Simon Shaw on commentary. For a video wrap-up of the penultimate day of Tour racing, go here.
To see if Taylor Canfield and his US-One team can continue to crush their opposition and hold on to become the first American (yeah, yeah, we know) to win the World Match Racing Tour in over a decade, as well as a big chunk of the incredible MILLION F*%KING DOLLAR prize purse, watch the live stream on Livestream, or scroll back up to the top of the page in a few hours.
November 28th, 2013 by admin
While Clean sits in an airport somewhere in Indonesia waiting for a connection, day two of qualifying for the World Match Racing Tour finale is underway in more light air in Kuala Terranganu. Watch it all live here, and check the WMRT page for standings and daily news wraps.
November 26th, 2013 by admin