from the jaws of defeat

Despite the last minute politicking of ISAF’s Executive Committee to ignore the well-researched recommendations of the Events Committee, the ISAF Council successfully passed the recommended slate of events for the 2016 Rio games.  All the keelboats are out, a new mixed multihull is in (read the debate on what to use here), as is a women’s skiff (hot) and some trials to be held to see if the boards will be kite or sail powered.

Kudos to the Council for doing the right thing, though the Executive’s attempted coup has once again knocked their credibility to the curb.  UK dinghy fanatic and journo Andy Rice has been a scathing critic of the shenanigans in St. Petersburg, and you can read a great summary on what’s wrong with them (along with an unlikely hero of the vote) at his Sailjuice blog. The full slate of events and press release are here, while the debate is heating up here.