sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Bruce Kendall: Kite racing in the 2016 Olympics?
Bruce Kendall: Kite racing in the 2016 Olympics?

'Starting line for RS:X Men - 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise day 1'    © Jean-Marie Liot /DPPI/FFV

Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist in the Windsurfing Event, Bruce Kendall, presents a very measured view of what lies ahead for both board disciplines, as they contest a 2016 and 2020 Olympic berth:

Some say the RSX was not a good Olympic Windsurfing board and had to go.

Many say both Kite and RSX should be in the Olympics.

Many are also saying Kite should be in the Olympics but not at the expense of Windsurfing.

Bruce Kendall: Double Olympic medalist -  Sunday Star-Times  
Most, including the Kiting community are surprised to win the vote for Kite racing to be at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Some of the Kite surfing community have no interest in the new Olympic status and will continue to do freestyle and kite surf the waves.

The kite racing community, kite and board manufactures and NMA’s are scrambling to get organized to get up to speed ASAP.

Face book chat has been lively and often passionate.

There has been a lot of misinformation, ignorance and learning about both Kite racing and windsurfing from those trawling through the Facebook chats.

Many of the windsurfing community feel like a good friend has died or been murdered, some see it as a chance to revitalize one design windsurf racing for the 2020 Olympics.

The Facebook petition to reinstate RSX to Olympic status for the 2016 Olympics was started on Sunday 6th May and has been collecting three people per minute for a week.

What is all the fuss about?

Kite racing is very cutting edge, but represents only a very small fraction of the Kite surfing population.

Kite surfing has a record of being more dangerous than windsurfing and sailing classes, although the Kite racing community claim the dangerous aspect of kite surfing is not a problem in their sport.

The kite racing proposed for the Olympic Games is a similar format to windsurf racing.

Kite racing equipment is likely to be a 'box rule' with sailors registering 3 kites and one board for a regatta.
A box rule is close to an open class, often without budget restrictions.

There will be complications of equipment choices and safety issues due to weather condition changes.

Kite launching and landing and may often need to be made with help from support boats.

Start - St FYC Cabrinha Kiteboard Course Racing Series -  www.Waterhound.com  
Windsurf racing at the Olympic games has always been one design which has been encouraged by ISAF and sailed in a similar format to yacht races.

One design sailing classes like all the other Olympic sailing classes, Bic Techno 295 and the RSX attract the most serious sail racing people as they are more sure that their competitors don’t have too much of an equipment or check book advantage. The skills of the sailor are the dominating factor for the result.

The Bic Techno 295 one-design class has been the feeder class for the RSX and currently has more entries at its world championships than the Optimist World Championships.

The Bic Techno 295 is a very well organized global one-design class and should remain so if the RSX goes. Olympic Windsurf racing on the RSX is not the only end of the road for the Bic Techno sailors. They learn water skills for many sports including wave sailing in surf, freestyle tricks and will be well placed if windsurfing gets back in for 2016 or 2020. It is also a safe way to learn racing skills for kites.

Before the RSX, the Olympic windsurfing class was the Mistral One design. Men, women and youth sailed the same equipment and it was the least expensive, most sea worthy and one of the fastest of all the Olympic sailing classes.

More than 10 years of careful development had improved tolerances and durability without changing the performance or cost of the equipment. There was a good supply around the planet and a good resale market. It had become the Laser of the windsurfing world. But some windsurfers were not happy with IMCO being the Olympic class as they thought Olympic windsurfers should be going faster.

Mike Gebhart was very influential in the change from the Mistral One Design to the RSX and the RSX design concept.
The RSX equipment has drawn criticism due to significantly increased costs compared to the IMCO, it is heavier than most would like and the equipment is not as reliable as some would like.

During ISAF run evaluation process for choosing which equipment for the 2008 Olympics, the RSX was chosen at a racing hull weight of 14 kilos. The RSX racing hull weight in the class rules is over 18 kilos.

This is heavier than the first Olympic windsurfing board the Windglider.

In less than 5 knots, the Windglider with its’ 6.5 meter squared sail and the RSX’s 9.8 square meter sail is faster.
In planing conditions the RSX will be the fastest Olympic sailing class in 2012.

The higher speeds and the more reliance on the performance of the fin meant that small differences in shape, produced a significant difference in performance and so many have had to go through a number of fins and mast and sail combinations to get to a more level playing field.

The RSX class has become the second largest Olympic sailing class to the Laser and has biggest wind range for the 2012 Olympics.

The RSX sailors are the fittest sailing athletes ever, with incredible power to body weigh ratios. True Olympic athletes.

The over-whelming majority of the RSX sailors and coaches support the RSX class to be the 2016 Olympic Equipment.

Now Mike Gebhart is joined by other ex Olympic Windsurfers with the kite racing community and 'bang for your buck' is leading us to the 'cutting edge of sailing.' Kite racing is likely to be the most dynamic sailing sport in the Olympics.
It could also be the most expensive Olympic sailing class.

Men’s RS:X start - 2010 Perth International Regatta -  Vincenzo Baglione  
Kite surf racing leaders are currently strongly recommending that kite racing equipment remains a box rule. There dose not appear to be any cost restricting rules on equipment apart from the number of kites and boards one may register for an event.

The best kite racing fin is triple the price of an RSX fin. Then imagine [money no object] super thin and light fully non-stretch kite lines, super light boards you can throw away after a regatta, different boards for different conditions [according to the forecast for the week], super light kites with money no object fabric, possibly a solid inflatable wing kite.

The guys riding with gear like this will love it - as it would be a huge advantage, but not everyone will be able to buy it.

The majority of the MNA’s voted for the RSX.

Those NMA's that voted for kite because they didn't have a sailor in the top 25, but thought they would have a better chance with kite, may be disappointed, unless they are very well organized and funded.

Apart from Mr. Predieri from Italy, the Executive Members votes and the woman’s vote appear they may be voting only for their own nations self interests, as their countries do not have strong medal chances in the RSX at the 2012 Olympics.

This could be construed to mean that they are not voting for the good of the sport or the majority of sailors and developing nations around the world who's best interests they should be protecting. Especially considering the likely expense of the Kite equipment needed to get near the top sailors and the financial cost of the investment lost in RSX equipment all over the world.

One could conclude the Executive Committee think it is OK if kite racing will be just a few sailors [who can afford the best gear].

If it attracts TV, the financial loss and ruined dreams for the thousands of kids, parents, professional sailors, coaches, NMA’s and Neil Pryde is a sad but necessary cost for the battle to keep sailing in the Olympics.

What about including both RSX and Kite racing at the Olympic Games?


Tom Ashley comes out on port at the start of the Medal race in the RS:X at Qingdao. -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo
The IOC will not allow extra athletes for the Yachting event and ISAF do not want to reduce the numbers in the other classes to make room for an extra event as this may reduce the number of nations in the sailing event and weaken the sports marketability.

Regardless of the executive committee vote, the lack of promotion made by the RSX class and the powerful promotion the Kite racing team made, the voting was very close between the two sports.

If Spain had not made the alleged mistake and voted RSX instead of Kite as they said in their public apology, the RSX would currently be the Olympic equipment for 2016.

The kite racing sailors for the 2016 Olympics will come from kite racing, windsurfing and other sailing classes. It will be interesting to see which athletes come out on top.

My bet is the ex RSX sailors will dominate kite racing in the 2016 Olympics.

There is no question in my mind that Kite racing will step up a number of levels in performance by the time they get to 2016 and will be a pin up event for sailing.

The performance of the Kite racers in some wind conditions may rival the Americas Cup 45’s. I doubt will match the AC 72 foot versions around a course in most conditions. How ever, with all the amazing speeds, even the Americas Cup has struggled to sell TV rights. Many AC teams have had to drop out after the format shifted from one design to a box rule as the expense of the design and build of larger boats was too high.

One of the main reasons the Americas Cup could not sell TV rights was because they could not guarantee they could start on time due to light or strong winds.

David Robertson Kiteboarding at Takapuna -  Richard Gladwell  


While Kite Racers may boast of high performance in light and strong winds and that they don’t have to pump, the RSX can race efficiently and fairly in 1 to well over 30 knots. [As long as there are not large unpredictable wind direction changes.]

Pumping races are still visually interesting to watch.

Many will argue this is not enjoyable – and for most this is correct, but there are those who enjoy the physical challenge – just as triathletes or rowers do.

Walking races or the tour de France up hill sections are still good TV viewing for the various techniques, tactics and close up shots of the pain and effort and the relief and joy on the faces of the winners. Something many relate to.

On the May 5, 2012 Kiteboarding replaced windsurfing for the 2016 Olympics.

The Windsurfing community dates back to before 1975 and are trying every avenue possible to be reinstated for 2016 Olympic Games.

If they can get a 75% majority vote over kite racing in the ISAF November meeting, the RSX would be reinstated for the 2016 Olympics.

If the RSX class is not reinstated for the 2016 Olympics, the windsurfing community will be trying for 2020 Olympic Games status.

In November we will be certain if we will see Kite racing or RSX at the 2016 Olympics. Either way, it will be a great show.


by Bruce Kendall

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=97140

7:50 PM Sat 12 May 2012GMT


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: Mapfre takes lead in Leg 2 as break point looms *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
The latest position report from Volvo Ocean Race Control has given the lead in leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Mapfre (Iker Martinez). She takes over the lead from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker), who has led from soon after the start of Leg 2, a week ago. ... [more]  

VOR 2014-15: Some of them also wake up in the middle of the night to check the latest position reports of Team Brunel. The crew is aware of that, including our skipper Bouwe Bekking. 'We are not the only ones looking out for the position reports. We know that the home front is eyeballing every move of us. Our wives, children, girlfriends, friends and supporters live this race as extreme as we.' ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2014: Among the ten Olympic series represented, Franck Cammas will be participating in the event for the first time aboard a Nacra 17, this time teaming up with the young, light Alizée Desbordes. Having remained in France to satisfy her professional obligations, Sophie de Turckheim will be following the performance of her favourite helm closely. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final: Bjorn Allansson (SWE), Briana Provancha (USA), Sofia Bekatorou (GRE), Lara Vadlau (AUT) and Anton Paz (ESP) have fully embraced the Abu Dhabi and Emirati life, grasping the opportunities available with both hands. 'There are so many welcoming and friendly people here,' explained Provancha at the opening press conference. ... [more]  

Leading sailing marine electronics manufacturer B&G has been appointed an Official Race Supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15. B&G will also be providing full electronic navigation systems, tactical software and race support to the organisers of the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race, which began on the October 4th in Alicante, Spain. ... [more]  

If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, then hear the replay below. Adventures of a Sailor Girl #31 - Pathways and passion! ... [more]  

The new application from PredictWind for Mac and PC is revolutionary for accessing weather data when offshore. Accessing GRIB files, Weather Routing, GMDSS forecasts and Satellite Imagery is now a simple task with the unique and user friendly interface. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Sweden to host World Series regatta in 2015 by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Artemis Racing and the City of Gothenburg are set to host an America’s Cup World Series event during the last weekend of August (28th - 30th) 2015. Racing will take place either on the Gota River close to the city centre, or at Långedrag, and the race village will be located in Frihamnen. ... [more]  

2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - The inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA), starts on Saturday 29th November from Lanzarote bound for Grenada, 2,995 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean. All of the competing yachts are now safely moored in Puerto Calero Marina and last night an informal welcome drinks reception was well received with crew ... [more]  

2014 Chicago Match Cup - At the end of Chicago Match Race Center's sixth season, the numbers show how well CMRC reached both into and beyond the Great Lakes sailing community. CMRC hosted a total of 12 graded events from May to October. Of these, the five Grade Three regattas were the best attended featuring 23 skippers from nine countries. ... [more]  

2014 Extreme Sailing Series - Act 8 - Tom Slingsby, Australian Olympic Laser Gold medalist, and member of Oracle Team USA, has signed up as skipper of Oman Air, one of two Oman Sail Extreme Sailing teams, for the final act of the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney, Australia (11-14 December). ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Big spread in fleet as Abu Dhabi leads *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker) continues to lead the Volvo Ocean Race. She is the most westerly of the fleet as they approach the coast of Madagascar. In a video, Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker explains the weather hazards of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2014: With a packed crowd of local dignitaries, VIPS and competitors, the ISAF President welcomed the world’s finest Olympic sailors and kiteboarders who will be battling it out on Abu Dhabi's waters. 'It’s a great honour for me to be here today because we have a very important regatta which will be the future of our sport,' explained Croce. ... [more]  

Sir Keith Mills GBE announced that America’s Cup Racing is to return to British waters when the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) takes place in Portsmouth 23-26 July 2015 and 21–24 July 2016. The second European location is expected to be Cagliari in Italy, where Luna Rossa Challenge have their base. ... [more]  

Chairman and founder of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox Johnston said: 'The Clipper Race is very pleased to welcome Hyde Sails back on board as Official Sails Supplier for our fourth consecutive race partnership. Hyde Sails evolved with us when we introduced the new Clipper 70 fleet in the last race and we were very pleased with how well the new sail wardrobes stood up to almost a year' ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Welcome to Brian's Gime *Feature by Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind, At sea
The irrepressible Brian Carlin, the On Board Reporter for Team Vestas Wind is on fitness program on board, under the watchful eye of race veteran Tony Rae. Today as my personal trainer, friend and fellow shipmate we accomplished a goal, 70 press-ups. I’m sure to some it maybe easy but I ask anyone of you right now sitting at your desk, hit the floor and give me 70 on the spot. ... [more]  

Two of the crew from Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing look at leg 2 and the race overall. Here are the latest blogs (unedited) from On Board Reporter Matt Knighton, along with an onboard video with Simon Fisher (navigator) musing on what is required to win the race, and skipper Ian Walker on how Leg 2 has panned out for them so far. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - A new deal for corinthians by Bruce Montgomery – Rolex Sydney Hobart media
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Since 1945 starters in the Sydney-Hobart have raced the equivalent of two circumnavigations of the world, almost 45,000 nautical miles. They have been drawn from the seven seas; they come from all corners of the world; they board boats that range from 100-feet supermaxis to boats littler larger than the Owl and the Pussycat’s. ... [more]  

2016 Hansa Class Combined World and International Championships - The International Hansa Class Association has announced that the 2016 Hansa Class Combined World and International Championships will be held in the Netherlands. ... [more]  

Most of the nearly 300 sailors on 216 boats in 21 classes in Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's 67th Turkey Day Regatta came to enjoy sunny sailing in mild conditions, which the weekend delivered beautifully. By tradition, the winners received turkeys, not trophies, but for a few others it was another important stopover en route to Rio de Janeiro and the 2016 Olympics. They hope. ... [more]  

Everyone was expecting a battle between Besson and Cammas. In the end, Morgan Lagravière took the Champion’s title of the seventh edition of the St-Barth Cata Cup with a near-perfect journey. The Marché U day ended with a friendly race to Public. ... [more]  

Robert Scheidt talks to us just a few days before the Nassau start of the Star Sailors League Final. How do you feel inside? I feel very calm. Myself and Bruno have tons of experience with the Star. We’ve been competing together for 10 years now. ... [more]  

The US Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) has selected Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC) to host their 2015 National Championships. This championship will be a week-long sailing spectacular on Pensacola Bay sailed by International Optimist Dinghy sailors from eight to 15 years old. ... [more]  

More than forty five years since his historical circumnavigation, legendary Clipper Race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, continues to prove inspirational to adventurers around the globe. Sir Robin, the oldest entrant in the 3,542 mile Route du Rhum, finished third in his Rhum class into La Pointe À Pitre, Guadeloupe. ... [more]  

With Olympic heroes and World Champions in their numbers at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, UAE, local children are being inspired to take up the sport. By utilising the star names on show at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club, hosts of the regatta, are using the event to promote the sport in the Emirati capital. ... [more]  

The last day of the Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup saw a grandstand finale to the 2014 PWA World Tour as the morning showers finally cleared to allow the wind to fill in and the respective titles to be decided. With the racing beginning later than scheduled the title race came down to one final race, which would ultimately decide the title. ... [more]  

Sometime during last night’s moonless gloom in the Volvo Ocean Race, the masthead lights of Dongfeng and Mapfre appeared to the west, maybe right where they would have been if we had jibed with the fleet the previous day. To say that was a relief is an understatement-that we are back in touch, back in the fray near the front, it keeps everyone motivated and pushing a little bit harder. ... [more]  

Olympic medal-winning skipper Ian Walker, from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) – the emirate’s Volvo Ocean Race contesting squad – recently took time out of his hectic schedule while he was in Cape Town, as the team prepared for Leg 2 of the race to catch-up with students at The British School Al Khubairat via a video call. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Corinna Halloran reports on day five of leg 2 for Team SCA. Team SCA has a super fan. She’s seven and, at home, she has posters of Team SCA on her wall. As a member of the team, and as a woman in 2014, this is extremely cool. ... [more]  

The Sailing Instructions for the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final that will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 26-30 November have been published. All ten Olympic events and an Open Kiteboarding event will be contested in the Emirati capital off of the stunning Corniche. ... [more]  

Italy's Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich have been one of the leading teams in the Women's Skiff, the 49erFX, and head to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ready for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final. ... [more]  

St Barth Cata Cup day 3 by Dominique Ladouceur
Day three’s race was a lot more difficult than yesterday’s at the St-Barth Cata Cup due to b winds. After pushing back the morning race to 2p.m. due to 30 knots winds at the tip of Colombier, the race committee decided to stick to only one race in the afternoon. ... [more]  

Team Alivimedica skipper Charlie Enright and navigator Will Oxley sat with Andy Rice to assess Leg 2 before the start in Cape Town. Here is the second part of the Leg Two analysis. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Position report at: 24 Nov 0700 UTC
2014 RC44 Championship Tour trophy – Video highlights
Volvo Ocean Race - Position report at: 23 Nov 1930 UTC
Volvo Ocean Race - Position report at: 23 Nov 0748 UTC
Gladwell's Line: The America's Cup is now Bermuda's Cup? *Feature
VX ONE Winter Series - Norris and Family earn first weekend victory
RC44 Oman Cup - Nika wins and Team Aqua clinch their fourth RC44 title
18ft Skiffs: Club Championship, Cordukes Clubhouse Trophy - Race three
Volvo Ocean Race: On board with Abu Dhabi - torn sail and where to go? *Feature
2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Bermuda shines
2014 Turkey Day Regatta – Day 1
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Delphine Cousin officially world champ
Volvo Ocean Race: A man's got to do what a man's got to do
RC44 Championship Tour - A great sailing day on the Gulf of Oman
Sail-World Team holds first Continental Conference at METS
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Open Formula Kiteboarding event preview
Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet heads into the Southern Ocean + Videos *Feature
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Set to be an 'experience of a lifetime'
America's Cup: Source named in Bermuda venue leak *Feature
2014 RC44 Oman Cup - Challenging day + Videos
Volvo Ocean Race: A bumpy, hard driving ride in the Southern Ocean   
EPA punts on renewable fuel standard   
Yates Cup: US supermaxi Rio100 wins first offshore race + Video *Feature   
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Men’s title race takes a twist   
RC44 Oman Cup - Consistency hard to come by   
Volvo Ocean Race - Discomfort takes over for Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race - Rapid change for Team SCA   
Viper 640 event at Lake Garda - 22-26th June 2015   
British Cycling grows by over 500%, can sailing do the same?   
GC32 Racing Tour 2015 - Dates and venues   
Class 40-footers to be featured in 2015 Annapolis-to-Newport Race   
Spectacular performance by Bakewell-White maxi early in first race *Feature   
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Big strides for Cousin and Moussilmani   
America's Cup: Team New Zealand responds to Venue rumours *Feature   
ORC reveals rule improvements for 2015   
Volvo Ocean Race - Hammer down for Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA heads for unknown territory   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final set to be 'an experience of a lifetime'   
RC44 Oman Cup - Team Nika gets a taste for the podium + Video   
St Barth Cata Cup 2014 - Game on!   


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 WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT