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The trail-able L30 has been chosen by World Sailing as the one design keelboat to be used in the Rolex Middle Sea race which will be the inaugural World Offshore Championship - photo © L-30 Association

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Two weeks ago in All aboard the bandwagon! we looked at the new Offshore event that will be part of the 2024 Paris (Marseilles) Olympics. Nick from Hobart was one who expressed his own opinion, and was kind enough to allow me to share his sentiments here. I have broken those down into sections, and then spoke with the Vice-Chair of World Sailing's Oceanic & Offshore Committee, Matt Allen, to build complete responses, and hopefully answer any remaining questions.


Nick stated, "The Olympics is supposed to be for everyone. So any Muslim nation is automatically excluded because a man and a woman, unless married, can't spend 48 to 72 minutes together unchaperoned, let alone 48 to 72 hours on a boat!"

All of that is true, and we have come a long way on equality in the sport of sailing. Matt Allen added, "The Olympic sailing event schedules have changed. We are trying to get to the point of complete gender equality, where there are an equal number of medals on offer, and also an equal number of participants."

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Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, Day 5 - photo © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, Day 5 - photo © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

The next two Olympiads are all about the balance, with all sports having to comply with Agenda 2020. In Paris 2024 it is likely that there will be a proper gender balance for the first time, so who would be against that. As for Tokyo 2020 Allen added, "I think the Australian Olympic Team will be comprised by just over 50% as female athletes come next August."

Australian women have taken to sailing massively in the last decade. The younger generations are closer to balance than the older ones. Membership and participation statistics back this up. "We are closing the gap. We are gone from 90/10 to more like 60/40 or 70/30, depending on where you are looking." Note that the sample size is 105,000 people, and from 0-24 years it's 60/40 (M/F), to 25-65 years - 70/30, and then 65+yo - 80/20.

Viewing/Media and Speed

Nick said, "They can hardly cover the 100 metres freestyle without going to a super slo-mo package of a hand touching a wall. It's not the attention span of the viewers. It's the producers and sponsors that are crying out for scene-jumping endless 'action' (i.e. cheap replays)."

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SailGP Cowes, August 10-11, 2019 - photo © Bob Martin / SailGP
SailGP Cowes, August 10-11, 2019 - photo © Bob Martin / SailGP

Again, true enough, but if you look to the AC in Bermuda, would you have known that the boats were doing 35 or even 45 knots without the instrumentation? Still and motion imagery never capture wind speed or wave height like the naked eye, let alone what the face of a wave is relative to the back of it.

Allen agreed, adding, "With what was the VOR and also the Vendée, there were spectators aplenty and enormous group of people watching and participating in virtual races. It is not hours of endless viewing, but more about stuff to come back too, just like chess."

"The Olympic Broadcasting Services think the offshore event will be massive, and obviously it plays very well into time zone differentials. Sailing has to move up from Class D to certainly C and hopefully along the way B, this and other event changes are all part of that strategy."

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Charlie Dalin's Apivia - photo © Maxime Horlaville / Disobey / Apivia

Nick also commented, "When kids see our Olympic sailors performing at the highest level on free-to-air, we get a boost in numbers into Tackers courses. That's the future."

Again, this is true, and we only have to go back to London, where sailing was so successful for Australia. "The pick up in sailing after this was quite evident. We benefitted from increased participation, a direct acknowledgment from the general public. This has been rare in the history of sailing and Olympics, and is one of the mainstays of our overall campaign."


"There are only a handful of nations that can afford a program of a brand new 30 footers. All the smaller, poorer countries are automatically excluded just by cost. Give us Lasers, Finns, Nacras and 9ers", Nick passionately commented. Yet inside that very comment are two fundamental errors.

1. The 30-footers are being paid for by World Sailing

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Gemma Jones, Josh Porebski (NZL) - Nacra 17 - Enoshima, Round 1 of the 2020 World Cup Series - August 29, 2019 - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Gemma Jones, Josh Porebski (NZL) - Nacra 17 - Enoshima, Round 1 of the 2020 World Cup Series - August 29, 2019 - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

2. Harking back to Nick's very first point, please tell me the developing nations with Nacra programmes? - these are expensive, as too are the Finns. A review of the countries fielding teams in these classes at the recent Ready Steady Tokyo event will attest to this very point.

Now a 9er is not cheap, just ask any parent who forgoes a new car to put their child on the water, and a World Championship Moth is USD50k.

As mentioned, World Sailing is providing L30s in the first instance. Allen spoke to this, "Developing nations are able to go down the path to qualification, and the equipment is supplied. It is not chequebook racing at all; there is no development; it is pure OD, and there will be no tricking up allowed. You trim, steer, and pick your course around track - and that's it!"

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The L30 - photo © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
The L30 - photo © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing


"The best person will get the nod, irrespective of age. Would you exclude Torben Grael for instance? If Colin Beashel wanted to make it seven Olympics and qualified, would you stop him? Brad Butterworth was like 50 when he won the AC. But have a look at all our sailors in so many classes, and then consider Andrew Hoy in equestrian, who is planning on going to Tokyo, or Mary Hanna who went to Rio."

Brazilian sailing royalty - Martine and Torben Grael - Leg 7 from Auckland to Itajai. Arrivals in Itajai. 05 April,. - photo © Pedro Martinez / Volvo Ocean Race
Brazilian sailing royalty - Martine and Torben Grael - Leg 7 from Auckland to Itajai. Arrivals in Itajai. 05 April,. - photo © Pedro Martinez / Volvo Ocean Race

"Whether they are 20, 30, 40 or over 50, the best male and female will get to wear the green and gold. Plain and simple", said Allen in closing.

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SuperFoiler Grand Prix 2018 - photo © Andrea Francolini
SuperFoiler Grand Prix 2018 - photo © Andrea Francolini

Change of Tack - Is Wally an apparition?

In August we had our first enquiry about the 'new' SuperFoiler regime in Where's Wally? We subsequently thought we had Found Wally. However it must have been an apparition, just like Predator hanging out in the trees in the jungle. So we went looking for more answers...

Whoever owns them can put them through the woodchipper if they want. After all, they are now theirs to do whatever they fancy with. Yet this would be a real shame, for many sailors and enthusiasts love them. I'm probably still enamoured with them for the way they hark back to the flying boat era, and I have certainly written enough about them over time like these examples: - SuperFoilers are Go!,JATO 1, JATO 2, and finally Big Bang.

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2018 SuperFoiler Grand Prix - Busselton, Western Australia - photo © Andrea Francolini
2018 SuperFoiler Grand Prix - Busselton, Western Australia - photo © Andrea Francolini

At the time of 'Found Wally', Steve Thomas said I would get a call. I have not. I wrote to the nominee, Mark Williams at Delcor, and showed him what I had written and wanted to know. What I can now say from talking with several parties known to the new owners is that Michael Firmin is the man in charge. So please Mr Firmin, let us help you get the good word out to thereby ensure the life of the project, as clearly we have been here for the long haul. Just saying...

Final one and in...

SailGP hots up to thermo-nuclear soon, and the first round of the second year has also been announced for Sydney at the end of February. SailGP's Regatta Director, Iain Murray, confirmed as he was leaving for Marseilles that he is contracted for three years and is very much looking forward to it all, even if his focus was a bit more closely refined on the South of France right now.

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AC75 - NYYC American Magic caught on the tow for more test sailing on Narragansett Bay, Newport RI - photo © Stephen R Cloutier /
AC75 - NYYC American Magic caught on the tow for more test sailing on Narragansett Bay, Newport RI - photo © Stephen R Cloutier /

Right oh - here today there are some gems for you to review like not just one, but two AC75s, Royal Sydney win the NYYC Invitational, GC32s, Moth UK Nationals, intel from North Sails, SailGP, How do AUS sailors get to the Olympics?, Black Jack emerges from her makeover, Laser Masters Worlds, Flying Fifteens, The Ocean Race, Clipper, Yacht Racing Forum, and certainly there is much, much more.

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2019 GC32 Riva Cup - Overall: Alinghi claims the title
While Alinghi has led at the end of every day of racing at the 2019 GC32 Riva Cup, the Swiss team was on the ropes this afternoon when their arch-rivals Oman Air, in seemingly unbeatable form

2019 Wetsuit Outlet UK Moth Nationals at Castle Cove SC Overall
The forecast was dire for the final day, and calm conditions across Portland Harbour in the morning did little to dispel the pessimism of either the sailors or the race team.

America's Cup: New York's Defiant officially named and launched
After an estimated 76,000 combined hours of fabrication and finishing work by the production and shore teams of American Magic, the U.S. Challenger's first AC75 racing boat was officially named and launched on Saturday morning.

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Farr 40 Class Social Regatta at Middle Harbour Yacht Club - Overall
The final day of the Farr 40 Social Regatta commenced with an abandoned race offshore before moving inside the harbour where Rob Reynolds' Exile lead their way to victory.

Winter Series at Derwent Sailing Squadron - Overall
In winning its fourth race of the Battery World Winter Series, Temptation, a Thomson 7, clinched overall victory with a mere nine seconds on corrected time to from Young Magic (Peter Farley).

America's Cup: The first week - two very different AC75's compared
The two AC75's launched to date have little in common other than they are 75ft long, are sloop rigged, and have the same distance between their Foil Arm Pivot points. The basics are all markedly different.

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Tasmanian crew lead French SB20 National Championship at Hyeres on Day 2
The Aussies and the Brits are in for an exciting final day of sailing after a change in the leader board following Day Two of the 2019 SB20 French National Championship.

PredictWind release Streamline graphics on all platforms
PredictWind have been refining new Streamline maps and after a considerable amount of development work we are happy to announce the Streamlines release on all platforms. The PredictWind Streamlines are now the most advanced weather graphics available

Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Overall
It all came down to the final race, as it should. Two teams of accomplished and motivated amateur sailors from opposite corners of the globe battling on a lumpy, windy Narragansett Bay for one of Corinthian sailing's most-prized trophies

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Spectacular YJA MS Amlin Awards Gala Dinner
The YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year and the YJA MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year Awards were presented during a Gala Dinner at the Grand Café Southampton on the 13th September, following on from Press Day at the Southampton International Boat Show.

America's Cup: Images and video reveal American Magic's novel design approach
The first AC75 to sail, American Magic gave media a fly past sailing fast in a 12-14kt breeze and flat water. The foiling monohull appeared to be very stable in two videos in this story which also contains images of American Magic at her base

North Sails Weekly Debrief: Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Speed Reading, Using the right tools
Seven division wins, four podium sweeps, and our highly-skilled Italian regatta repair team who kept sailors race-ready in Porto Cervo.

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SailGP Inspire announces community outreach programs at Marseille SailGP
Following a successful launch in Cowes last month, SailGP Inspire - the global championship's youth and community outreach arm - is working with local community groups to create impactful programming at the Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final

Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championship at Dun Laoghaire, Ireland - Overall
Graham Vials and Chris Turner of Derwent Reservoir SC sealed world title number four in a fitting way by doing a horizon job on the fleet on the final day of the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championship at Dun Laoghaire.

Make 2019 count - Beach clean
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Victorian Sabres get set for exciting season on the water
The Victorian Sabre fleet is set for an exciting season of sailing ahead, with a jam-packed schedule of competitive racing, which recently kicked off on the weekend of 31 August with the Sail Mordi Regatta at the Mordialloc Sailing Club.

So how do you get to the Olympics?
Earlier in 2019, the Australian Sailing Team (AST) completed the task of defining the path to the Olympics.

Black Jack 100 – Emerges from the McConaghy Shed with hull modifications
Black Jack 100 emerged from the McConaghy Boats shed in Gosford showing her modified hull and new features. It was a millimetre perfect exercise with very tight tolerances and in windy conditions.

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Zhik team up with the Brain Waves Challenge
Zhik is delighted to announce their support of Monkey Fist Adventures 2020 Brain Waves Challenge, an ocean rowing attempt to achieve two incredible world firsts. In 2020 the team of four will row unsupported and non-stop across two oceans.

2019 Etchells Worlds: Insights into a magic campaign
Rupert Holmes looks at the key factors behind Iain Murray and Graeme 'GT' Taylor's stunning first and second places at the 2019 Etchells World Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021: Centrepiece of major summer international events
To start on Sydney Harbour at 1pm on 30 January 2021, the inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021, organised by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) in NSW in association with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS)

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America's Cup: Fascinating brinksmanship over the first week
"The race within the race for the America's Cup is well and truly under way and the brinkmanship over the first week has been fascinating" writes Duncan Johnstone, Senior Sports Writer for major NZ mainstream website

SailGP Season 2 set to kick off in Sydney
Sydney was today announced as the season opener for SailGP in 2020. Following a hugely successful event earlier this year SailGP will return to the iconic Australian harbor on February 28 and 29 for the first event of SailGP Season 2.

World Sailing's Council confirms Laser as Paris 2024 Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy
At World Sailing's 2019 Mid-Year Meeting in London, Great Britain, World Sailing's Council voted to retain the Equipment for the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.

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Clipper 2019-20 Race: Punta del Este crowned winners of first race at sunset prizegiving
The first Prizegiving of the Clipper 2019-20 Race took place at the stunning Host Port of Marina de Portimão. Crew gathered to celebrate their achievements against an incredible backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and a golden sunset.

KiteFoil racing gears up for electrifying display at Sail Sandy Regatta
Sail Sandy will see a fleet of more than 10 Kite Foils as they prepare for a big season ahead, which includes the National Championships at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club from 17 January to 21 January next year as part of the Sail Melbourne event.

America's Cup: NYYC American Magic is first AC75 to sail
NYYC American Magic has become the first team to foil an AC75 soon after raising their sails for the first time. With Dean Barker (NZL/USA) on the helm they were able to get foiling on the first day on Narragansett Bay near Newport, Rhode Island.

Registration open for 11th Bartercard Sail Paradise
The Gold Coasts largest sailing regatta, the 11th Bartercard Sail Paradise, is shaping up to be an event not to be missed. The race, which kicks off on the 2nd January, has been brought forward a few days and is right in the heart of the holiday season.

Rooster Rope
It's not always clear what the best kind of rope for the job always is, you might need a strong core, no core at all, 8 plait, 4mm, easy to splice, needs to run easily through a block, there is a lot to consider.

America's Cup: De Nora breaks his silence on Emirates Team New Zealand
Leading Italian America's Cup journalist Fabio Pozzo writes in la Stampa: "Now that I have seen the boat, I got the America's Cup virus again", says Matteo de Nora, Emirates Team New Zealand Team Principal breaking the silence of several months.

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Yacht Racing Forum in Bilbao: Innovation and progress
The conference will bring together around 350 delegates, including the sports' main decision-makers from all over the world. The leading events, venues, brands and sponsors will be in Bilbao, Spain.

2019 Concierge Traveller Spring Series at CYCA - Race 4, finale
With a warm and sunny day eventuating, there was a period of no breeze before the conditions swung around to the north east and built to a perfect 10-15 knots just before the starting signal.

CYCA triumphs at John Messenger Women's Match Racing Regatta
The CYCA's India Howard, Jess Grimes, Emma Byrne, Jess Tavener and Ange Kear have won the 2019 John Messenger Women's Match Racing Regatta which has been run annually since 1996, defeating Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's Juliet Costanzo 2-0 in the finals

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