So Word Sailing CEO is moving on to pastures new and the board graciously thanked him for “an important contribution to the modernization and commercial development of World Sailing”.
The America’s Cup was there before but with more teams, the Volvo Ocean Race is now without the ‘Volvo’ title. We have SailGP (funded by one person) but the eXtreme Series (several sponsors) has gone so hard to see that sailing is any more commercial than it was before.
I suppose that modernization includes moving the offices from a site on the shore of one of the busiest stretches of water of the largest MNA contributor to London, well known for being one of the world’s most expensive cities for commercial rentals.
Or allowing the Finn to be pushed out of the Olympics by kitesurfing (I suppose that IS modernization) leaving the Olympic Sport of Sailing with no equipment for sailors over 85kgs.
Or what must have been the expensive re-branding to World Sailing from ISAF when it is still the “International Sailing Federation”. Even the technical part of the website is still sailing.org/isaf/home.php & on the subject of website, perhaps the money could have been better spent making the website easier to navigate for ordinary sailors while speeding up what is hardly a razor sharp experience.
And the monthly ‘World Sailing Show’, which I’d wager is not a cheap product, and largely has the same format as the long defunct Seamaster Sailing (10 years ago & same producers – Sunset & Vine) and is little more than a video version of a cut and paste news site with virtually every element available on youtube or vimeo.
That said, it is impossible to say if things would have been any better had he not been in the hot seat so I suppose it is a bit of a moot point as those, and such as those, start to look forward to perhaps his final major meeting, ISAF’s (sorry slip of the pen) World Sailing’s annual meeting in Bermuda with, according to TripAdvisor, the ten best hotel deals range from GBP170 to over 400 a night.
Perhaps one of the things that should be on the agenda is what many sailors consider the disconnect between the average sailor and the sport’s governing body and the growing perception that compared to the Olympic Sailing Classes, other sailors are, in reality, second class citizens.
A Concerned Sailor