Please select your home edition
Edition
Cooper Teamwear 728x90 1

London Olympics 2012 - Australia looks to 2016 and beyond

by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team on 10 Aug 2012
Tom Slingsby in the Victory Ritual - August 6, 2012 - Weymouth, England Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz
Yachting Australia High Performance Director Peter Conde heads up a very focused sailing program

Mid-way through the 2012 Olympic regatta Australia have secured two gold medals and with at least a silver and with prospects of better yet to come, they are duking it out with Great Britain to be the most successful sailing country at this event.


We talked to Conde today and he explained just how Yachting Australia is looking to 2016 and beyond.

‘If we manage to get three gold’s here we are on track. It’s what we came for.

‘We believed we could deliver three gold medals and that's what we said to our funding parties.


‘We have been extremely focussed on making sure we deliver on what we said we will and that is what we need to do to keep ourselves in a good position for the future and for the futures support.

‘And we think on the back of our performance, we have, with the new classes coming in for 2016, we think we have more legitimate medal opportunities.

‘So we will be looking for our supporters and our funders to recognise that this team can deliver and we will look towards 2016 with expanded ambitions.

‘At the moment before the Mens 470 medal race, you can say we have got two gold’s and a silver so that worst case and that’s what sailing delivered in Beijing and a lot of people don't realise that sailing was Australia’s second most successful sport in Beijing.


‘I understand there has been there is good coverage of the sailors performances back at home and I think it is important that we leverage that for the long term benefit of the sport.

‘I think one of the happy things about the support we have got from the Australian Sports Commission in the last 12 months is being that they have recognised the need to support the sport at a participation level.

‘They have provided some seed funding and Ross Kilborn has come on board, as the Sport Development Program Director to drive that area of the sport and we think that the timing is great. We get to leverage the success here as well as a little bit of seed funding.

‘It is not a lot but it is what we need to leverage the participation back in Australia with the Discover Sailing programme that has just very recently been launched and we feel that will be an important part of making what we are achieving here sustainable in the longer term.

‘We need to have that participation base. We need to have a clear pathway which I think we have albeit that we are still in the process of refining that and we need to continue what we are doing at the very top level.

‘Our dinghy sailing programmes at Club level around Australia used to be very fragmented. Now with programs like Tackers program there is an excellent structure.

‘If you look at other sports that have been successful at participation level. They have a strong brand. They have something recognisable. It’s a bit like McDonalds. You know what you are going to get when you go there whereas in the past when it comes to sailing you can go to any sailing school and you would have no idea what you were getting.

'The aim of the Tackers programme based on the Optimist is to be that quality control.

‘With the Tackers program there is a defined entry to the point into the sport that everybody understands and then from there in the high performance area we have got to take that forward with a viable pathway. I think we have that now at every level an athlete can see what the next level is and they can see that it is achievable. I think that it really important.’

BandG AUS Zeus3 660x82X-Yachts AUS X4 - 660 - 2Jeanneau Sunfast 660x82

Related Articles

Ian Walker - Musto Ambassador on the Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup
Ian Walker on his Volvo Ocean Race win, why food and clothing are so important offshore, his views on the America's Cup We speak to Musto ambassador Ian Walker about his Volvo Ocean Race win, why food and clothing are so important offshore, his views on the America's Cup, his new desk job, sailing for fun, and 20 years of the John Merricks Sailing Trust.
Posted today at 12:19 am
Black Jack Yachting. Bigger boat. Bigger team. Even bigger performance
Throughout the iterations of maxis called Black Jack, a strong, consistent and talented team has been their focus Throughout the iterations of maxis called Black Jack, a strong, consistent and talented team has been their focus. Some were sail makers, like Skipper Mark Bradford and also Vaughan Prentice from North Sails’ Brisbane loft. Others were riggers, such as Bruce Clarke, and there are even boat builders, like Gary van Lunteren, as well as Ash Deeks.
Posted on 20 Jul
Gladwell's Line - America's Cup returns to its new home and thinking
Emirates Team New Zealand's win in the 35th America's Cup ends 17-years of wandering in the AC wilderness Emirates Team New Zealand's win in the 35th America's Cup ends 17-years of wandering in the AC wilderness and will open a new era of America's Cup, New Zealand and World Sailing. A rookie crew won the most prestigious trophy in sailing, and one of the most difficult to win in any sport.
Posted on 29 Jun
SuperFoilers Are Go!
SuperFoilers represent many things. Whilst those components are disparate and virtually from different planets SuperFoilers represent many things. Whilst those components are disparate and virtually from different planets in the great scheme of things, they come together in the one form as harmoniously as a Rolls Royce, and also deliver intense energy way past the sum of their parts, just like some amazing band.
Posted on 28 Jun
Poppy takes Australia to her dad who’s afflicted with Parkinson’s
It’s a very sad way to begin such a great voyage. Not that you would know from the ultra-effervescent Poppy Moore... It’s a very sad way to begin such a great voyage. Not that you would know from the ultra-effervescent Poppy Moore, mind you. So the chance to talk with her and learn her tale was fantastic, and she is also the best one to recount it. “I decided to sail around Australia to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s, because my father’s got Parkinson’s
Posted on 5 Jun
Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600 - It just works
Every now and then a boat just clicks. It has all the right bits, of the correct dimensions, in the appropriate places Every now and then a boat just clicks. It has all the right bits, of the correct dimensions, in the appropriate places, and out of it all you get something that simply sings. The Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600 is one of these craft. It was designed and built in parallel to the other, more well known versions of the brand’s vessels, and benefits from being more geared towards performance, without going tot
Posted on 23 May
The return to Coffs!
The word is out that the new race to Coffs Harbour is on. The phoenix would run once again in the Christmas timeslot The word is out that the new race to Coffs Harbour is on. The phoenix would run once again in the traditional Christmas timeslot, and also be the much easier to digest 200 or so miles. The ‘new’ race would also be geared towards club racers, so they, and their non-pro crews could be out and back, and almost more importantly, returned to work before anyone missed them. Bring it on...
Posted on 22 May
America's Cup - Southern Spars AC50 build for Emirates Team NZ + Video
The Peter Blake skippered Steinlager 2 put Southern Spars on the map 27 years after Steinlager 2 put Southern Spars on the map with her unequalled clean sweep of the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race, Southern Spars were called on to build Emirates Team NZ's America's Cup Challenger. Here's a look behind the scenes at the composite engineering process Southern Spars employ on projects ranging from Volvo OR spars, to Olympic bike wheels to an AC50
Posted on 1 May
Debbie says the 8thP with Insurance is Patience (Pt.III)
We’re back to keep exploring the nature of TC Debbie and how she came to tell us about the eighth P of insurance We’re back to keep exploring the nature of TC Debbie and how she came to tell us about the eighth P of insurance. We’ve looked at what it was like to come into a disaster zone, seen the evidence of those that did the right thing, and how the area is already on the road to recovery. Now we’ll see why patience is the key in the aftermath of her fury.
Posted on 30 Apr
Debbie says the 8thP with Insurance is Patience (Pt.II)
We’re back to keep exploring the nature of TC Debbie and how she came to tell us about the eighth P of insurance We’re back to keep exploring the nature of TC Debbie and how she came to tell us about the eighth P of insurance. We looked at what it was like to come into a disaster zone and now we see the evidence of those that did the right thing, and how the area is already on the road to recovery.
Posted on 25 Apr