Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - GR

RS-X and Techno Association of NZ appeal ISAF Decision

by Paul Mackenzie on 7 May 2012
"Let’’s train, get our parents and clubs to run races and see how far we can all go in our sport... " - A chance meeting in a Kiwi Yacht Club spurs a dream. Brian Haybittle©


What has Windsurfing done to be treated this way by ISAF?

The decision to kick the windsurfers out of the Olympics this time is not just kicking a class of boat out of the Olympics, it is removing a whole sport from the Olympic Arena.

Windsurfing has been a large and successful part of the sailing world for a number of years, and has been a valuable part of the fleet at ISAF regattas leading into Olympics. Since 2008 with the introduction of the Techno 293 windsurfing has run a successful youth recruitment and development plan catering for all ages.

The Techno class has it's own stand alone world champs with just last year 300 competitors in San Francisco and the Youth Olympics booked in for 2014. Once a sailor is old enough they then progress into the RS:X Youth program and Open Worlds and ISAF Worlds being a part of the regatta program. Once past the Youth age they progress onto the Senior RS:X with the recent Perth ISAF Worlds being a good example of high quality fleets and good sailing. Fleets of 120 male and 80 female.

Windsurfing also has a strong connection to yacht clubs with many windsurfers being members of the local yacht clubs and happily sailing the same course as the race fleets on race day. The RS:X and Techno happily sail in wind strengths of 5 - 27 knots and if the course is offshore, can get themselves to the course and back if the wind dies, which is quite common.

The facts are -
- windsurfers cater for all ages
- windsurfers have strong connections to yacht clubs
- they sail the same course at the same time as other fleets
- can sail in a wide range of wind and sea conditions
- do not need a mass rescue if the windspeed drops
- is a fast and exciting sport which is easily televised
- a great introduction to apparent wind sailing
- is one of the highest performing Olympic classes
- the cheapest Olympic class
- is already a one design built to tolerances already accepted by ISAF and the Olympic Committee.

This successful windsurf program exists now. It is not something that exists on paper or in people's minds to be implemented in the future. It is already happening.

So ISAF did you look at the facts or did they get lost in the heat of the moment? If that is the case what are you going to do about it? Thousands of people around the world are awaiting your answer.

Is this decision in the best interest of sailing?

Paul Mackenzie
NZ RS:X & Techno Association
www.facebook.com/RSXandTechnoNZ

PHOTO's:
How a role model sows dreams of Olympic success to youngsters. Ruined by ISAF in one night of poor decisions.

FACTS:

In just over 36 hours since ISAF made their decision:

13,000 people have joined the following : Appeal against Kite Surfing in the Olympics and putting Windsurfing back in the Olympics Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ISAFolympicswindsurfing/

5,000 people have signed petitions to Keep Windsurfing as an Olympic Discipline:
http://www.change.org/petitions/isaf-keep-windsurfing-as-olympic-discipline?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=share_page_mobile

VIDEOS:

Techno 293 Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAcPWoworW0&feature=autoplay&list=PL6ED80F08E566DF9E&playnext=1

2011 Techno Worlds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRC7HPzajlI&feature=related

Current NZL Olympic rep JP Tobin Training on RS:X:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx3AFKS8s_s

Tom Ashley's story on winning Gold in 2008:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGvpTy0f8dQ




Southern Spars - 100Abell Point Marina 660x82 Moorupffront 660x82

Related Articles

NZL Sailing Team - Kiwi Sailors relish the Rio breeze
NZ’s Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have returned a storming day in big, bold conditions outside Rio Bay to take the lead New Zealand’s Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have returned a storming day in big, bold conditions outside Rio Bay to take the lead after day two in the Women’s 470 event. Elsewhere Gemma Jones and Saunders sailed four good races today and have moved up to fourth overall after six races in the Nacra multihull, and Josh Junior found form.
Posted on 12 Aug
Large fleet prepares for Evolution Sails 100 race this weekend
A fleet of over 120 boats are preparing for Race 2 of the SSANZ Safety at Sea Triple Series this Saturday. A fleet of over 120 boats are preparing for Race 2 of the SSANZ Safety at Sea Triple Series this Saturday. The weather models are currently forecasting strong southerlies for both Saturday and Sunday. This could make conditions challenging for the long haul fleet as they race approximately 100 nm around the Hauraki Gulf.
Posted on 4 Aug
Gladwell's Line - Last waltz for Olympic sailors at Takapuna Beach?
Last week, Yachting NZ was one step away from achieving an area of hard stand at the northern end of Takapuna Beach. Last week, Yachting New Zealand was one step away from achieving an area of hard stand at the northern end of Takapuna Beach. That would have been a vital beachhead for High Performance and Olympic sailors, who for almost 50 years have trained from the area without any special facilities.
Posted on 30 Jul
Optimists - Kiwi team reports on Asian Championships in Sri Lanka
The 2016 NZ Optimist Asians Team have recently returned from Trincomalee, Sri Lanka The 2016 NZ Optimist Asians Team have recently returned from Trincomalee, Sri Lanka having enjoyed lovely sailing conditions, excellent food and accommodation, and warm, friendly hosts. The Team arrived after flights through Singapore, into Colombo, followed by a 7 hour bus ride to the east coast of Sri Lanka. The temperatures were in the low 30's, with offshore winds ranging from 13-25kts, whi
Posted on 29 Jul
Gladwell's Line - Oh, and by the way we won a million dollars
Sailing history has been made by a New Zealand crew in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing July 11, 2016 - Sailing history has been made by the New Zealand crew of Phil Robertson, Stu Dodson, Will Tiller and James Wierzbowski in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing - $US1million (NZD $1.37m), with their nail-biting win in the World Match Racing Championships in Sweden.
Posted on 14 Jul
NZL Sailing Team - Gold and Silver at Sailing World Cup Weymouth
New Zealand has won gold and silver at Sailing World Cup Regatta in the 49er and 49erFX classes New Zealand has won gold and silver at Sailing World Cup Regatta with young crew Logan Dunning Beck and Jack Simpson taking the 49er victory and their best ever international performance. Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech will go to Rio 2016 in less than two months buoyed by a superb medal race win and a silver medal in the 49erFX class.
Posted on 13 Jun
Spotting cheap airfare sets Kiwi sailor up for world championship win
Karori's Sarah Dunckley has won the Hansa Liberty Class world competition in Medemblik, Holland. Karori's Sarah Dunckley has won the Hansa Liberty Class world competition in Medemblik, Holland. Competing in a fleet of 31 sailors from around 12 countries, the 39-year-old managed an unexpected result to come in nine points ahead of her nearest rival, Azmi Ani of Malaysia. Dunckley’s final result included six first and two second placings.
Posted on 10 Jun
Rio 2016 - Yachting New Zealand defends Olympic selection practices
Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices and criticism by the Chairman of the NZ Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson of the way it treated two Olympic sailors after they had qualified New Zealand for the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in santander in September 2014.
Posted on 9 Jun
29er Nationals - Australians get in amongst the Kiwis
The 29er Nationals were sailed over the last four days at Murrays Bay Sailing Club with a fleet of 26 boats The 29er NZ Nationals were sailed over the last four days at Murrays Bay Sailing Club with a fleet of 26 boats on the start line including three from Australia. Two of the three Australian crews finished in the top four overall, and Australia won the inaugural Interdominion trophy
Posted on 7 Jun
Gladwell's Line - Olympic Appeal over in NZ but hotting up in Oz
The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland with the announcement at the end of a Mediation Hearing by the Chairman of the Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson, that he would not overturn the two non-selection decisions by Yachting New Zealand.
Posted on 2 Jun