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28 Oct 2013
Sailing World Cup Melbourne, Vale Ian Souter and Oman ISAF Conference
Yachting Victoria is committed to the growth of the IFDS classes and as such, Paralympic Classification will be available at Sail Melbourne this year. International Classifications are valid for one Paralympic quadrennial, so all athlete classifications must be renewed starting in 2013.
Staley says the opportunity to be classified at this event is a major draw card for the Asia Pacific region's IFDS athletes and the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne and Sail Melbourne Invited classes in 2013 and 2014 will be the perfect opportunities for aspiring Rio campaigners to road test Port Phillip, prior to the 2015 Worlds.
This year's event from Dec 1-8th 2013 is shaping as one of the best for a long time. The Notice of Race is available and entries are open in both the Olympic and Invited Classes. See full story below.
Sail-World broke the news world-wide two weeks ago that a revolutionary proposal designed to change the nature of Olympic class sailing competitions at all levels is to be presented to the ISAF Council in mid-November 2013 in Oman.
We said at the time this proposal will have a major impact on the current Olympic Class World Championships which will if this proposal if accepted, be completely restructured.
Today we have a critique of the proposed ISAF Sailing World Championships structure from a senior Australian Laser class representative, Rob Lowndes, who was the Chairman of the Organising Committee for the 2008 Laser World Championships at Terrigal in Australia and former Chairman of the NSW & ACT District.
He writes ... ‘Thanks to Sail-World we have been alerted to a proposal to radically alter the structure of World Championships for Olympic classes. (The preview can be viewed in the story below).
‘I cannot speak for other classes but I do believe the arguments put forward in the proposal are flawed and could have serious consequences for the future of the Laser class, arguably the most successful international class in the history of sailing. I assume the paper will be presented to the Events Committee at the ISAF annual Conference in mid-November although I notice it is not easy to find on the ISAF website.
(This commentary from Rob Lowndes is a must read for everyone involved in any of the Olympic classes at any level.)
Sail-World will be publishing the European perspective on the same subject later this week and we will be following this subject very closely from the ISAF meeting in Oman.
Iain Murray and crew of Ian Souter and Shane Corbett - all powered up with the 1 rig in Color 7 .. .
Now sadly - Vale Ian Souter: 25th November 1951 – 23rd October 2013
Scotland Island Ian Souter (61) champion sailor and much loved family man passed away on 23 October 2013 after a long battle with cancer.
Ian was a champion sailor, a forward hand in many winning skiffs, he won two World 18' Skiff Championships, with Iain Murray, numerous Australian Titles; and major title wins in the 12' skiffs. In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contributions to sailing.
Ian made an extensive contribution to child and youth development sailing programs in the Manly Juniors and Flying 11 classes. He worked on various programs with Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Motor Yacht Club, Lane Cove 12' Skiff Sailing Club and Manly Skiff Club.
Funeral Arrangements: 12.15pm Tuesday 29th Oct. Northern Suburbs Crematorium – North Chapel
Wake: 2.00pm Tuesday 28th Oct. Lane Cove 12'Skiff Sailing Club
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