Well, there you have it, folks. ISAF has shown that it knows exactly where its bread is buttered, once again selecting olympic class sailors over everyone else for the sport’s highest honor. Out of 40 recipients of the award since its inception, this marks the 25th and 26th time that Olympic class dinghy sailors have won. This year’s pick: I-470 helm Mat Belcher and I-470 helm and crew “Jolly” as its male and female ‘World Sailors of the Year’. That’s the same ISAF that, without funding from the International Olympic Committee and IOC partners, would consist of three old guys in an office wearing blue blazers and nice watches.
Neither of the teams selected for the award won an Olympics during the qualification period, because there was no Olympics. So what, exactly, did they do? They won their respective dinghy class Worlds in 2013, along with some other ISAF-pimped events that no one in the world – except for 470 sailors and their families – cares about, or will ever care about. Yes, they are great sailors, the best in the world in their classes. But the World Sailors of the Year? Gimmeafuckingbreak.
Hey, at least ISAF is consistent. Consistent in their ability to screw up anything they touch.
New name suggestion for next year’s award? The 2014 ISAF WORLD SAILOR OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE®.