The ISAF Annual Conference has just concluded in Oman and refreshingly the mood within ISAF, under new President Carlo Croce, is to listen carefully to the Athletes.
Action on Day 1 of the 2013 Laser Worlds, Oman
Through the Conference, it was clear that the Athletes Commission was having a lot of say, and they were being listened to by the ISAF Council.
Athletes Commission Chairman and Double Olympic Gold Medallist, Malcolm Page (AUS) spoke very simply and directly to the meetings on many points. He made it very clear the way the sailors felt and he was listened to by the meeting – they did not go against the Athletes Commission’s views. We have the right man in the right place at the right time now... thank you Malcolm.
As Sail-World has been explaining in recent months, Carlo Croce has been keen to tackle the problems of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. The Council voted to embark on a reform process which will take a couple of years at least.
At this stage the proposal seems to be that the World Cup events will be by invitation only to the top 25 sailors in the World within each class. There are several reason for the change, but the most significant is to lift the profile of sailing, and get more exposure for the Olympic side of the sport outside the Olympic Regatta. Sail-World will be following developments closely.
Nick Thompson (GBR) in Laser action.
The Oman Laser 2013 Worlds started today. British sailor Nick Thompson was impressive with a 2, 1 result to lead the Blue fleet. In the Yellow fleet, World number one, Australia' own Tom Burton had 8, 1, and is fourth overall.
Only a little over a week until entries close for the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne for both the Olympic and Invited Classes.
China's Lijia Xu works hard in the breeze - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao
There has been a big surge in entries, over the last week, especially from Asia. 15 Chinese sailors have entered, amongst them is the 2012 Laser Radial Olympic Gold Medallist Lijia Xu, the 2012 World Female Sailor of the Year, whose inspiring acceptance speech we published in full last week.
Krystal Weir (AUS) Sailing World Cup / Laser R 2011 Sail Melbourne / ISAF World Cup Sandringham YC / 6 - 12 Nov 2011 © Sport the library / Jeff CrowKrystal Weir (AUS) Sailing World Cup / Laser R 2011 Sail Melbourne / ISAF World Cup Sandringham YC / 6 - 12 Nov 2011 © Sport the library / Jeff Crow
Sail-World will be in Melbourne for this great event, there have already been entries from 23 countries, with rapidly growing numbers in the Invited classes too. If you are planning to enter what will be another wonderful Melbourne event, do it NOW!!!
METS Tradeshow 2011
But there is more to do for us first. By the time you read this newsletter, the Sail-World team will be jetting to Amsterdam for METS, the biggest Marine Trade show in the world.
We will be looking at new products from around the world. Some interesting days ahead...