The Sailing Whirlwind
It's been a whirlwind month, with Sail-World at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, the Phuket Kings Cup and Perth 2011, now comes a slew of Australian national events and the major offshore races.
Ahead of Perth 2011, our British media mates were convinced that Team GBR would dominate the event, by the end of Sunday they were very quiet in the Perth 2011 media centre, as their contenders fell ahead of the Aussie onslaught.
|Perth 2011, WA - December 18: Nathan Outteridge, Iain Jensen celebrating their 49er win, Richard Langdon /Perth 2011|
It will be interesting to watch as the Ainslie Rule 69 case continues.
There are two elements, how the RYA reconciles its need to ensure that any possible sailing ban judgement is in line with RYA's own recommendations and world-wide precedent and its desperate desire to have Ainslie on the Olympic podium getting another gold medal.
On the matter of the alleged interference to Ainslie by the television boat, it's clear that most observers missed the fact that the sailing instructions for Perth 2011 were the same as the Weymouth test events.
Regardless of the outcome of the incident, ISAF needs to take responsibility for ensuring professional television boat drivers, better boats and greater supervision of the TV boats activities will come forward.
For Australia Perth 2011 was a double success, the on water management was very good, the Grandstand sailing course was an amazing success, the sailors absolutely loved sailing in front of the stadium audience and the Australian Sailing Team sailed very strongly.
We have lots more detailed news and interviews from Perth 2011 we will publish over the next few days.
Now attention turns back to the Australian east coast with the Sydney to Hobart, Melbourne to Hobart etc. Then we are especially looking forward to the A-Cat Nationals up here on Lake Macquarie.
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Now we heading for the CYCA as the whirl-wind continues...
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