Ping Pong ISAF
I was playing a fun, if somewhat depressing, game at my sailing club the other day and it went a bit like this: Other than the president Goran “the Moron”, can you name one person on the ISAF Executive Committee? Now considering I was surrounded by luminaries from the yachting world including two Olympic medallists, a multiple ISAF world champion and a smattering of sailors that you’ve all heard of on the world stage, I was stunned that no-one could name a single member…not even the British representative Fiona “Who” Barron.
Looking on the ISAF website renders one speechless. There’s a couple of fawning members of royalty, a geezer called Teo Ping Low who I will come to in a moment, a couple of nondescript reps from Oz and the good old US of A. The only name I vaguely recognize as a sailor is George Andreadis from Greece and I think herein lies the problem. I would rather see the likes of Glenn Bourke, Knut Frostrad, Mark Turner or even a Rohan Veal on the executive council – sailors who understand the game and who are deeply relevant to the sport. No wonder we have total mismanagement at the top level with a bunch of non entities that most likely don’t have a clue between the windward or leeward marks let alone a vision for the Olympic Games or the wider sailing community.