Even if it looks a bit dry, do not miss the major story today: right at the top of our list is Phil Jones' appointment as Chairman of ISAF's new Olympic Sailing Commission.
The Commission will report directly to the ISAF Executive Committee and is tasked with assisting them in ‘developing, agreeing and promoting a comprehensive vision and strategy of the sport of sailing in the Olympic Games'.
Phil Jones has been the CEO of Yachting Australia since 1997, and before that was ISAF's Olympic Manager and one of two ISAF Technical Delegates at Atlanta (1996). Previous to that he had his own sports marketing and management company, and spent seven years at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). He is well-qualified for the position.
Jones' task is now to come up with what he calls an “overarching strategy” for Olympic sailing, one that includes issues concerning “athletes, events, equipment, the media and event presentation”. In an interview with www.sailing.org (the ISAF website) Jones said, “with issues like media and on-line opportunities, we're going to need to do some forward-thinking. We'll be looking what the environment might be like in five, ten, even twenty years time, so we can make decisions that position us to take advantage of the changes. This will involve consulting with people with expertise in specific areas of interest.
The opportunities for small boat sailing are really starting to open up. We see, for example, new tracking systems being developed. It's this kind of technology that is going to allow us to portray the sport in a more meaningful way as a competition. We can produce nice pictures, but if we're not telling the story, then we're not going to maintain people's interest”.
(And somewhere down the agenda we can hope that the Commission will take a look at “questionable” decisions based on vested interests – such as dumping multihulls from the Olympics).
Elsewhere, the VOR boats are grinding (lovely pun!) their way slowly up the South Atlantic towards Rio de Janeiro, all on starvation rations having forgotten Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's credo: “Sailing boats have destinations, not ETAs.”
Musandam, the ex-B&Q now owned by Oman Sail, is almost back in Muscat, having almost completed her mission to carry the first Omani round the world, non-stop, on a sailing boat.
And for those who missed it, Sail World Asia was delighted to be awarded Scuttlebutt Europe's “Headline of the Month” tag for the story on the recent Platu Open in Pattaya, “Faster than a Speeding Ferret” – thanks, Kev, for the report, and thank you, Scuttlebutt, for the compliment! We are now looking forward to some winning performances from The Weasel, and would definitely like one of the Pattaya Platus to be renamed The Stoat – we are working on suitable headlines already!
Now, read on...
Major Changes for Sailing with appointment of ISAF Olympic Commission Sail-World.com, The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced the members of the newly formed Olympic Commission, which is tasked with developing and promoting long-term strategy for the sport of sailing at the Olympic Games. The major overhaul for ISAF's approach to Olympic sailing came into fruition after the Council accepted the need for an overall strategy towards the Olympic Sailing Competition... [more]
New Singapore National Youth Champions Crowned Ho Shu Fen, SingaporeSailing, The Singapore National Youth Sailing Championship concluded today with the largest ever fleet of 404 sailors competing in eight classes including international entries from Belgium, Denmark, France and Malaysia.... [more]
Faster than a speeding Ferret: Thai Platu Open Kevin Scott, Scott Duncanson skippered The Ferret to victory in last weekend's Thailand Platu Open Championship. This was the first of a series of four events comprising this year's Raimon Land One Design Platu Championship. This series is fast becoming THE regional series for all top yachtsmen to take part in, and the quality of the entrants is rapidly increasing as word spreads.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Racers straighten up and head for Rio Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Latest position reports and weather data would seem to have put an end to the suspense for leading crews in the Volvo Ocean Race. Although winds remain light in the race area as of 0700hrs (NZT) this morning, the breeze is expected to fill in to around 10-15kts, and Ericsson 3 should carry this breeze through to the finish, with a spinnaker run all the way to Rio.... [more]
RC 44 Class continues to develop as it goes green MaxComm Communications, RC 44 Class - with six international regattas on the program, many of the world's best sailors, new teams and the arrival of Oracle as partner alongside DHL, BMW and SLAM, the Championship Tour pursues its development at a steady rhythm.... [more]
Congressional Cup starts today Rich Roberts, A double round-robin featuring 10 sailors from seven countries, including top-ranked Sébastien Col of France, Olympic triple gold medalist Ben Ainslie of Great Britain and U.S. Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Terry Hutchinson, runs Tuesday through Friday off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, followed by semifinals and finals for the top four Saturday- and who says sailing isn't a spectator sport?... [more]
Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet compressing as light airs hit fleet Oliver Dewar, Portimão Global Ocean Race - a barrier of light wind now grips the two race leaders Desafio Cabo de Hornos and Beluga Racer. Team Mowgli and Roaring Forty have stayed with stronger breeze, but the high pressure system blocking the route will halt their progress later today.... [more]
Musandam heading home Ingmar Jense, OmanSail, Mohsin Al Busaidi is poised to be the first Arab to sail round the world non-stop. A new page in the history books looks set to be written on Wednesday afternoon local time in Muscat, Oman. A Petty Officer in the Sultan's Navy, Mohsin Al Busaidi, has faced the biggest challenges of his life in the circumnavigation that has taken 74 days to date.... [more]
Audi Med Cup Circuit new teams and old register for season opener Med Cup media, The 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit starts on May 12th with the City of Alicante Trophy. 11 TP52s from nine countries will race for the The City of Alicante Trophy, including a new team: Emirates Team New Zealand, formed by the America's Cup syndicate and skippered by Dean Barker. The fleet of GP42s will compete on the Audi MedCup Circuit for the first time.... [more]
Grand Final Of 2009 ISAF Nations Cup Begins ISAF Media, Twenty of the world's top match race skippers have arrived in Porto Alegre, Brazil to represent their country at the Grand Final of the 2009 ISAF Nations Cup, which begins with the Opening Ceremony today, Monday 23 March.... [more]
Ainslie and Percy join World Match Racing Tour Wolrd Match Racing Tour Media, TeamOrigin, the British challenger for the 33rd America's Cup skippered by triple Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie will compete on the 2009 World Match Racing Tour having secured the final Tour Card.... [more]
Join the waiting list for Rolex Fastnet Race 2009 Rolex Fastnet Media, 2009c Rolex Fastnet Race- Royal Ocean Racing Club has taken the unprecedented step of closing the entry list some three months ahead of the date set in the Notice of Race, with 300 yachts already registered.... [more]
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