sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Yachting NZ caught in OSAF 'friendly fire' over Olympic events
Yachting NZ caught in OSAF 'friendly fire' over Olympic events

'JP Tobin (NZL) competing in the Mens Windsurfer at the 2012 Olympic Regatta'    Richard Gladwell ©    Click Here to view large photo

Yachting New Zealand has confirmed that both Area L (Oceania) representatives will be voting in favour of Kiteboards at the upcoming Annual meeting of the International Sailing Federation, despite lodging its own submission which supports the re-reinstatement of the Windsurfer as an Olympic event.

The lengthy, but very compelling, Yachting New Zealand submission (click here to read) was aimed at upsetting the decision made at the Mid-Year meeting of the international body in Stresa, Italy to introduce kiteboarding for the 2016 Olympics.

That vote was carried by a two-vote majority in what many windsurfers described as an ambush move. After the controversial meeting many national authorities dis-owned their representatives or apologised for their actions. That included the Spanish who said their substitute representative, a university academic, was confused by the voting process. (The then-Councillor Gerardo Seeliger (ESP) is now standing as an ISAF Vice-Presidential candidate.)

Barbara Kendall - winner of three Olympic medals including Gold at Barcelona in 1992, now an IOC member -  Ivor Wilkins   Click Here to view large photo
Six months later as the battle lines have hardened with some very aggressive lobbying, Yachting New Zealand has found itself in the position where it is supporting the reinstatement of the windsurfer at the Events Committee level, the first stage of the ISAF meeting process. But at the next level, the ISAF Council, Ralph Roberts, the New Zealand based representative will be forced to vote the other way. There is a third level, the ISAF Assembly, held once every four years where the matter could be raised yet again.

Yachting New Zealand Chief Executive, David Abercrombie, told Sail-World that YNZ was stuck between a rock and a hard place as a result of a decision by the new regional body, Oceania Sailing Federation, to vote the same way with both its votes at ISAF Council level.

'Unfortunately at the ISAF Council it is not New Zealand’s vote to exercise but the countries of Area L's vote. The Councillors must represent what the majority of the countries want and Area L includes nine nations. We have to respect the democratic process.'

'Australia and the majority of the Pacific Island nations support the decision for kite-board racing to be introduced and as a result the two Area L representatives on ISAF Council will vote to not re-open the equipment slate decision,' he added.

(For the correct position see Clause 39 of the ISAF Constitution which sets out the voting obligations of Councillors)

A different beat?
Abercrombie's comments indicate that Yachting New Zealand is now marching to the beat of a different drum, as there have been numerous instances where the Australians and New Zealanders have voted differently on Olympic Events and other matters, including the same issue at the May 2012 Mid-Year meeting.

David Abercrombie, CEO, Yachting New Zealand -  .. .  
There are nine countries which comprise OSAF, of which only two, Australia and New Zealand field significant Olympic teams. The Cook Islands were the only other member of OSAF to compete at the 2012 Olympics in the Womens Singlehander finishing well down the field. That entry was by wild card, rather than by qualification through world championship placings.

Under the OSAF constitution all countries have a single vote, and at the Labour Day meeting of OSAF, the Pacific Island countries together with Australia all voted for the kiteboard for the 2016 Olympics. The Australian and New Zealand federations fund their own nationals on ISAF business without any contribution from the other countries of Area L.

The OSAF voting situation has some parallels with the America's Cup. It took an International Jury decision to prevent teams competing in the the America's Cup World Series from voting on matters relating to the America's Cup Regatta in which they were not competing.

Australia has an indifferent record at Olympic level in the windsurfer, winning just a single bronze medal across both the Mens and Womens windsurfer discipline since it was introduced in 1984. The Australians have not competed in the Mens Windsurfing event for the last two Olympics.

Clearly the Australian thinking is that a shift to the kiteboarding could only improve the Australian Olympic performance in that type of event. Although Australian Council representative David Tillett claims they are in favour of the Kiteboard because 'we think kiteboarding is a new exciting and visual discipline, and will be a significant addition to the Olympics.'


Tom Ashley wins New Zealand’s seventh Olympic Windsurfing Medal, and third Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympics -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo
For New Zealand the situation is far more serious, with Windsurfing winning seven Olympic medals, including three Golds, from eight Olympiads. 'Boats with rudders' had not won a medal since 1992 - a 20 year medal desert.

Without the performance of the Windsurfers, it is likely that Yachting would have been long since dropped as an Olympic sport in terms of receiving funding from then SPARC and now High Performance Sport New Zealand.

The sport in NZ is under a strict medals budget from its funders, and has to act in a way that will maximise New Zealand's medal chances at an Olympics.

Kendall not happy
Triple Olympic medalist in the windsurfer and now International Olympic Committee member, Barbara Kendall, is unhappy with the stance adopted by Yachting New Zealand.

'If New Zealand votes for Kites, NZ will lose much credibility', she told Sail-World, referring to YNZ's apparent flip-flop in support for windsurfing.

'My view in regard to windsurfing vs kitesurfing is that the two should not have been been pitched against each other with the concept that kiteboarding will save Yachting in the Olympic program.

'Due diligence should have been done before the vote was made to see what the consequences of the decision would be.

'The governance structure within ISAF is top heavy so therefore decisions become disjointed.

Young windsurfer sailors face an uncertain Olympic pathway if the decision is made to switch out Windsurfing at Olympic level. -  Brian Haybittle   Click Here to view large photo
'I have just taught my daughter to windsurf - she is hooked. I would feel nervous teaching her kiting in NZ in gusty conditions that we have most days', Kendall added

At the Mid-Year Meeting of the ISAF Council the same representatives from Area L (Oceania) were able to vote the way of their respective countries (Australia and New Zealand) which resulted in Australia voting for the Kites and New Zealand for the windsurfers.

It would seem that the Pacific Islands, in cahoots with Australia, have forced New Zealand to switch sides and turn against a sport which has delivered seven medals for New Zealand.

'We were backed into a corner and didn't have a choice,' said Abercrombie. He says that High Performance Sport NZ have been advised of the situation and understand that Yachting NZ just have to run with the situation.

Councillor not invited
The meeting was attended by Andre Raoult (President) and John Tierney (Secretary of OSAF), along with David Kellett (AUS a candidate for ISAF President), Phil Jones (Yachting Australia CEO), David Tillett (Australia). David Abercrombie and YNZ President and ISAF Events Committee member Jan Dawson attended the meeting hosted in Auckland on NZ's Labour Day.

2012 Olympic windsurfer representative JP Tobin with Club President and double Olympian, Ralph Roberts (left) speaking at the Takapuna Boating Club’s function to honour its Olympic competitors in Sailing and Kayaking -    
First term ISAF Council representative, but a 20 year ISAF veteran, Ralph Roberts (NZL) is understood not to have been invited to the day long meeting, and did not participate in the discussions on the Olympic events or other matters. Roberts, a former YNZ President and Life Member, flew out of New Zealand on Tuesday night for the ISAF Meeting in Ireland.

Shifting the Olympic board events from Windsurfers to Kiteboards has also flicked the circuit-breaker on the recently established class progression, which gave young sailors the opportunity to start sailing Techno boards before progressing to the RS:X Windsurfer at Youth Worlds level, and then onto the Olympics again using the RS:X.

Abercrombie says that he expected the Techno to remain part of the pathway. 'We have not done any testing with kids of 11-12 years old with kiteboards. We don't know where the class progression is going to go if the Kiteboard stays in but the Techno may well become the pathway', he added.

A key point for ISAF if the Kiteboard does stay in as an Olympic event, will be whether it also comes in at ISAF Youth Worlds level - which will certainly affect any class progression. In any event, Kiteboards will not come in for the next four Youth Worlds, somewhat locking in the progression, in the meantime, through the junior and youth classes.

The ISAF Annual Meeting gets underway on November 1, in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland


by Richard Gladwell

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=103332

12:48 PM Tue 30 Oct 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

25 Oct 2012  Coastal Classic 2012 on board Higher Ground - Video
22 Oct 2012  New website and other developments at Auckland Viaduct Marina
17 Oct 2012  Coaching and Cancer Awareness
14 Oct 2012  2012 Coastal Classic: Riada and her crew of Lads and Dads
11 Oct 2012  Yachting NZ announces 2012 Sailor of the Year line up
05 Oct 2012  Coastal Classic 2012 : Entry deadline extended
03 Oct 2012  Steele wins NZ Youth Match Racing Championships at Wellington
03 Oct 2012  Learn to Sail and dinghy training for grown ups
29 Sep 2012  Two more reasons to enter the Stack Winter Champs next weekend
26 Sep 2012  Bay of Islands Sailing Week - Make plans for January action
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

















HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
















Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia














Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata by Richard Gladwell,Sail-world.com/nz,


Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat   
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata   
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   
The Congressional Cup 2014 - Williams hangs on with a classy crowd   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL WAS US