Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

ISAF Olympic Evaluation Trials - Challengers announced

by Roland Gaebler on 1 Feb 2012
Tornado Euro Champs TeamGaebler upwind - Olympic Mixed Multihull evaluation trials Team Gaebler
ISAF Olympic Evaluation Trials - Today ISAF have named the Multihulls who will compete at the evaluation trials in Santander, Spain during 17th to 25th March 2012.

We know our challengers, some boats from F16 class, Hobie 16 and Tiger and one really new 17.6 Foot design from Nacra and the Tornado Class made by Marstrom (Sweden) and Exploder (Poland).

The Tornado is the only boat above 18 Foot length. Sailors must decide now if they want to sail smaller boats in the future Olympics or continue the flights with the Tornado.

It’s a real surprise to see that the modern F18 designs and the AC Olympic Cat Campaign did not enter their boats into the ISAF Evaluation. They had really nice designs on the way with ultra-light boats, wavepiercer hulls, curved boards and carbon masts; especially the HiTech F18 Phantom Project which was looking really good. All of them gave up because they are not happy with the evaluation rules and some other points you may ask them directly.

It looks like we will end up in a race between mostly smaller cats and the Tornado at the top of the length. The sailors who come to Santander will decide what boats they want to sail in the Rio Olympics. It’s their vote which counts and we trust them.

We see that the AC45s are upgrading their wings with more sail-area to deliver more performance in light winds for media, spectators and sponsors. The forecast for Rio de Janeiro and the summer Olympics are mostly light winds. So our question is do we want a smaller boat at the Olympics or take a light wind flyer like the proven One Design Tornado which has already received a media award for the action the boats deliver.

We think a new boat will not change anything. We must change the racing system. To get more nations we need supplied boats for ISAF World Cup Events, World and Continental Championships and also Olympics. That’s why the Laser Class is so successful.

Sailors can fly in with a small bag from any point of the world, pay the charter fee and race. This system can also work for Olympic Multihull Sailing. But... to get the media, spectators and sponsors we need a real flyer.

We can be the F1 of Summer Olympics. The Multihull Sailing is a filet piece in Olympic Summer sports. In Rio de Janeiro we need a boat which can fly from three knots on. We are not sure a small cat can deliver this performance and the images in light-wind Rio. But let’s see and check what the sailors want and how the boats perform in Santander.

At the moment we have 16-17 spots at the Olympics in 2016. This is not a motivation for more nations to come into our sport. We need 30 plus nations at the combined ISAF Worlds in Santander, Spain in 2014 to get the right to ask for more spots at the Olympics in 2016. A new Multihull Class will not change anything. We really need to change the system. Supplied boats which will perform well in all wind conditions in the Olympic Sailing Arena are the only way to go.

The MNAs must decide what they want. Already they have lost the Star (Men) and the Elliots (Matchrace Women). Maybe they need new surf and kite boards too. Imagine how much boats and money they will lose in this period.

It’s a tough time in economics for every nation. Same way they burn money in a big style in Olympic sailing. Now they must decide if they want the same scenario in Multihull with a new class or take the proven boats and quality we have and use a new system with supplied boats for all nations. It looks like we are the boat which fulfill all the ISAF evaluation rules at its best so we are in a very good position. Tornado has boats on all continents ready to use for Olympic mixed sailing.

The Boats we will see in Santander:

Hobie 16
Nacra 16
Spitfire
Viper 16
Nacra 17
Hobie Tiger F18
Tornado Marstrom + Mixed Sailing website
InSunSport - NZNaiadNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge - the retrospective -Part III
In Part III, the Question and Answer session, we will discover why Nathan’s nick name is George and why Tom is so fast Interview with Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby. In Part III, the Question and Answer session, we will discover why Nathan’s nick name is George and why Tom is so fast at post capsize recovery.
Posted on 9 Nov 2015
Blast from the past, do you remember this? Great Video!!
One particular race in the 2012 London Olympic Laser Radial regatta in Weymouth was one of most watched sailing events One particular race in the 2012 London Olympic Laser Radial regatta in Weymouth was one of the most watched sailing events of 2012. Watch it again to remember exactly why.
Posted on 8 Nov 2015
Lijia Xu ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 - THAT Speech
Lijia Xu (CHN) was crowned ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 at an awards night in Dublin, Ireland: Lijia Xu (CHN) was crowned ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 at an awards night in Dublin, Ireland. The acceptance speech from the China sailor was one of the most eloquent ever heard. The acceptance speech from the China sailor was one of the most eloquent ever heard. If you have not heard it, you can catch it now.
Posted on 3 Nov 2013
Mat Belcher – 17 in a row - 'The harder I work, the luckier I get'
The harder I work the luckier I get, is a quotation attributed variously to Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain The harder I work the luckier I get, is a quotation attributed variously to Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain but perhaps of Amish origin, but regardless the sentiment is well understood. And it’s something that one of Australia´s most successful Olympic class regatta sailors and his coach understands very well.
Posted on 20 Aug 2013
Ainslie- Close to quitting sailing after Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's death
I came close to quitting sailing after Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's death, says Sir Ben Ainslie. British sailing great, Sir Ben Ainslie writes in The Daily Telegraph on after the funeral service for his close friend, Andrew Simpson, killed in San Francisco as a result of an AC72 break up, during a training session.
Posted on 3 Jun 2013
A Tribute to Bart
This video pays tribute to Andrew Simpson's many sailing achievements, His Service is to held on May 31, in England Andrew 'Bart' Simpson died in the capsize of the Artemis Racing AC72 on May 9, 2013. His service will be held on Friday May 31 in Sherborne Abbey, UK, followed by a celebration of his life at Sherborne Castle. This video pays tribute to Bart's many sailing achievements
Posted on 31 May 2013
Ainslie knighted in New Year Honours, five others recognised
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie has been Knighted in the New Year Honours list. British sailor and four-time Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie has capped a triumphant year of sailing with a Knighthood in the New Year Honours list. British Sailing has more cause for celebration, with honours also going to Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas, and to Ainslie’s coach David Howlett, who were both named as Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Posted on 29 Dec 2012
2012 Paralympic Games a winner in global TV ratings
The London 2012 Paralympic Games were a TV ratings winner with pictures shown in more countries than ever before. The London 2012 Paralympic Games were a TV ratings winner with pictures shown in more countries than ever before and attracted their biggest ever international audience according to new figures published by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Posted on 28 Nov 2012
London Paralympic Games debrief to start in Rio
Paralympic Games committee will share their knowledge and experiences of London 2012 with future organising committees. The organising committee of what International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven defined as the best ever Paralympic Games, will share their knowledge and experiences of London 2012 with future organising committees and the 2020 candidate cities this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Posted on 21 Nov 2012
2012 Olympics- The Medalists thoughts on Kites and Windsurfers
The new Olympic Medalists were asked their thoughts on the decision to change the event from Windsurfing to Kiteboarding At the Medal Winners Media Conference held after the Medal Ceremony for the Mens and Womens Windsurfing Event at the 2012 Olympics, the new Olympic Medalists were asked their thoughts on the decision to change the event from Windsurfing to Kiteboarding the 2016 Olympics.
Posted on 2 Nov 2012