sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : ISAF mixed multihull evaluation rules - serious flaws identified

ISAF mixed multihull evaluation rules - serious flaws identified

'Tornado European Championship 2011'    Team Gaebler    Click Here to view large photo

Roland Gaebler (GER) Tornado class President and current World Champion (sailing in an Open Championship with a mixed crew), has launched following the issuance of a specification by the International Sailing Federation for the Mixed Multihull evaluation trials.

From other information supplied to Sail-World, we understand that the specification was compiled without any multihull sailor input, aside from a conference call a couple of months ago.

Several of the points raised by Gaebler are valid.

Aside from the Laser class, not other Olympic class has a two part mast, and such a spar is fraught with issues in a high performance class. Much simpler and stronger and lighter to make a single part spar.

Target crew weight is ridiculously light. There are enough lightweight classes in the sailing Olympics, and the optimal crew weights for the classes are not aligned with the body weights of the general population - reducing the potential talent pool for the new class.

Similarly the requirement to fit into a 20ft container is equally irrelevant. Most countries shipping to the Olympics and World Cup regattas are using a 40ft container, as they are packing a multitude of yachts and coach boats, and length of the new multihull is somewhat irrelevant.


Roland Gaebler writes:

The original Tornado with mixed teams at the top is not allowed to sail in the ISAF evaluation trails.

We are shocked. We cannot believe it. The ISAF presented the rules for the mixed multihull evaluation trails in a way that the Tornado Class cannot compete.


The Tornado class is the forerunner in mixed multihull sailing and has a great Olympic history. But ISAF technical committees do not respect this. The Tornado like it is has no chance to reach the starting line of the evaluation event in spring 2012.

Check out the rules for the evaluation here.
Another mixed crew - former Tornado Class President, Carolijn Brouwer and Seb Grodefroid (BEL) training for the 2008 World Championships. -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=88834   Click Here to view large photo



We comment on the following points:

20 Foot Container
They have restricted the length of the new multihull to be a maximum of 5,898m (the inner length of a 20 foot container). No one will travel, in sailing, with a 20 foot container. It’s too small and not eco-friendly and sometimes more expensive than a 40 foot container. If you want to travel eco-friendly with multihulls (10 Tornados in one container) and ribs (coach boats); the sailing world has been using 40 foot containers for decades. So why is there a restriction to the length of 20 foot containers?

Two piece mast
Such a mast is heavier. It’s more complicated to make it watertight. After a while the joint/conjunction gets loose and the mast has a chance of bending characteristics. This has nothing to do with strict one design. You can change mast bending a lot by playing with the conjunctions. Also there is a risk for breakage and leaking in a simple capsize.

120-140kg crew weights
Another class aside 470, surfers and 49er for light weight teams. An average man with a weight of 80kgs or more has no chance any more. The Finn Class is the clear winner of them all. Every person above 80kgs must sail Finn. Star is out. Match race women too. Women and men with an average or higher weight have no chance to sail mixed multihull. Many mixed multihull teams weight above 140kgs. And the new average weight of a mixed team should be 130kgs? This actual disqualifies 50% of all mixed sailing teams.

What weight statistics have ISAF used? If you watch real Olympic athletes and normal average weight statistics, we end up above 140kgs. Click here for more details.

The 120-140kg team weights with an average of 130kg forces bulimia for Olympic athletes. More details here.

National Sailing Federations - MNAs
They lost the Star boat. They lost the Elliot’s. Now they have lost the Tornados which are ready to sail on all continents. Let’s ask the MNAs what they think about this. Every four years the MNAs have to buy new Olympic sailing equipment. Who should finance this?

Media
ISAF want to have a small boat. The media will have less interest in this. Sailors will get fewer sponsors. This means: Downsize Olympic multihull sailing in a way that the media has no interest any more.

ISAF Committees
If you looked carefully inside the technical committees of the ISAF, you will see sailors with great commercial interest who create the rules the way it fits perfectly to their boats/products that they sell. The Tornado Class is a real non-profit organization. Now commercial interest of some sailors have made the rules and kicked the Tornado out before it can reach the starting line of the ISAF trials. What would you call this?

ISAF must act now!
There is only one way to come out of this dilemma. Change the rules and allow the original 'Tornado' to sail in the ISAF evaluation trials!

Tornado European Championship 2011 -  Team Gaebler   Click Here to view large photo

www.mixedsailing.org




by Roland Gaebler

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=88834

10:14 AM Sun 25 Sep 2011 GMT






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


News - USA and the World





Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




























Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five   
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers   
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate   
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party   
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths   
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead   


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.
XLXL VIR US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT