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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.

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May 28th, 2016 by admin

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It’s the coolest competition in sailing, and our own Petey Crawford – the King Pimp himself – has hit the road to restore an old Melges 24 to ‘like new’ glory for the Pimp My Ride competition in association with Sailing Anarchy, a pile of sponsors, and the 2016 Miami Melges 24 Worlds.  The saga begins today and runs all summer long.  Who needs reality TV when we’ve got everythere right here on the interwebs?

 

May 24th, 2016 by admin

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Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 1.39.33 PMISAF 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

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The man in the hot seat is 2016 Miami Melges 24 Worlds Chairman Petey Crawford, and with 8 months to go before the expected record-setting fleet takes the line, our humble video guru posted the latest in his new bi-weekly series “The View From The Chair.”  No communications problems for this World Championship!  From Petey:

These episodes will contain information about the event, interviews with Melges 24 teams talking about Miami sailing, killer sailing pics and footage, and a place where you can get all of the latest news from behind the scenes and on the front line as we plan for the biggest Melges 24 Worlds ever. Stay tuned for more episodes of View From The Chair.

Episode 2, Petey talks about Marriott our official hotel partner ,”Get Registered, Get Swag, Get Stoked” and official merchandise suppliers Musto and Line Honors, 114 boats and counting, Melges Madness Regatta lineup and more. Episode 3 will contain some very big news as well as some killer video and interviews from the Madness Regatta. Stay Tuned….

 

March 17th, 2016 by admin

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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

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Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 1.05.30 PMAs 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.

IN DETAIL:

- 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.

MORE:

- “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?

AND:

- 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!

ABOUT IFKO:

- 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.

RESUMING:

- 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.

-Sofia

 

February 5th, 2016 by admin

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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.

 Discuss here.

 

February 3rd, 2016 by admin

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ratz24With so many thousands of proud sailing parents realizing that ‘the way we do it’ isn’t creating lifelong sailors, we’re not quite sure why there aren’t dozens more programs like the Mudratz.  The New England youth-only team has been inspired by the chance to compete at the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship with an all-teen crew, and they’ve taken the first big step with the procurement of a Melges 24 donated by an unnamed area sailor.  

Starting this May look for the MudRatz “Sportboat Saturday” practices, followed by the team joining The Donzo Wednesday Night Series Melges 24 fleet with the Mystic River Mudheads. This all leads up to our first year goal of sending a youth team to the 2016 Melges 24 worlds in Miami this November…where we are already registered for what should be one of the most exciting events on anyone’s 2016 calendar!

Mudratz proud papa and co-founder said grass roots programs like the Mudratz are one of the keys to the long term health of yacht racing. “Bridging the gap between junior and adult sailing is one of the most challenging aspects of our sport today.   Enthusiastic kids often find themselves as young adults who drop out of sailing due to limited time and large financial constraints.  Having a boat like a Melges 24 will allow our youths to see first-hand what the next level of racing is all about.  This awesome platform will open up some huge doors for them into a world they might not have known even existed!”

If you or your kid might be interested in sailing with the Mudratz, or you want to contribute to our volunteer organization or make a tax deductible donation, please go to Mudratz.org today!

 

January 14th, 2016 by admin

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We’re seriously stoked to be part of the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds sponsors, and we can’t help but be amazed at the energy level and creativity behind Petey Crawford’s leadership for the first M24 Worlds in years to brave the open ocean.  Over 90 boats already registered for an event almost a year away?  Are you kidding?   Nope – we are not.  One of the coolest things to follow about this event will be the very cool Pimp My Ride contest, which ends in just days!  Miss this one and you’ll kick yourself.  Here’s Petey with more:

Just before Thanksgiving holiday, Miami Yacht Club hosted twenty Melges 24 teams from around the world that travelled to South Beach to compete in the 2016 Worlds Test Event and Act 1 of the newly designed Winter Series. With wind ranging from 8-18 knots and different directions over the 3 days everybody got to experience what Miami will deliver in a year from now at the World Championship.

After 3 great days of racing, Bruce Ayres and Team Monsoon were crowned Champions, barely holding off a late charge by Connor Clarke, who lost on  countback. Marty “Marty The One-Man Party” Kullman on the historic New Wave team finished a point back to fill out the podium.

As I walked around the boat park and talked with the teams, it became clear that most everyone had a great time racing Melges 24’s in the big water again. Santa Cruz [2007] was the last time these boats got to go surfing, and most everyone was psyched for some new thinking and revisiting old techniques to make the switch from flat water venues.  Some of the boys said so

Connor Clarke (IRL 829): Miami conditions are amazing, even in light breeze you can have fantastic fun. This is absolutely the best venue I have sailed in the US in my time with the Melges 24 class”

Gary Schwartling (USA 587):  “ Nothing better than sailing out in the ocean swell, ripping along, beautiful stuff. This was my first time in conditions like that and we had a blast.”

George Haynie (USA 687): “We had a ball in the ocean. Our pick-up crew from Ft Lauderdale was 11-year old Opti sailor, Connor Boland, who helped us out a lot.”

“He was our Traveller-Jockey, spinnaker stuffer and pulled sea grass off the rudder while we planed downwind in 18 knots. “He was loving it!”

Federico Valenti -  (ITA 841): “We prefer sailing in the ocean and the Melges24 is the best boat for the swell.”

As old man winter is knocking at the door, you may wish to consider the 2 additional opportunities for your Melges 24 team to test the 2016 Worlds Venue. Miami Yacht Club and Travis Weisleder / Lucky Dog Racing are co-hosting a 10 team Training Event Feb. 19-21. Details are here.

After that we roll into Act 3 of the Melges 24 World Winter Series at the Melges 24 Madness Regatta March 17-20.  Enter here.

Rich Tobin, Miami Yacht Club past Commodore, told me the entire club is psyched to do something they haven’t tried before. “Next March when we host the Melges 24 Madness Regatta we look forward to showcasing many of the upgrades to the club and venue that we have planned for the Worlds!  We are thrilled to be hosting the Melges 24’s for the next few events so we can show you all the hospitality and great racing that makes Miami such a great place to sail.”

BUT FOR NOW, Quantum Key West Race Week (Act 2  of the World Winter Series) is currently in our sights. This also happens to be where we will be announcing the winner of the Pimp My Ride 2016 Worlds Edition. If you haven’t heard about this or haven’t entered yet don’t worry you still have a little time left. Pimp My Ride is a contest available for series 500 or older Melges 24 owners to win over $30,000 in upgrades to make your boat more competitive. Yup, you read that right over $30,000.00 of upgrades. The only other qualification is that you pay your 2016 Worlds Entry fee before January 20th 2016. We will announce the winner on the 21st.

People, this is a serious list of sponsors and upgrades. If you aren’t the lucky winner of tonight’s record Powerball payout, don’t cry, you can still enter this amazing contest and walk away with some serious kit. Your odds will be far better as well!

Check it out for official contest details, and Do Not Miss Out On This Opportunity!

 

 

January 9th, 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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