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Nurture the roots to enjoy the fruit

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Zhik 2021 New Season LEADERBOARD

Junior Sailing at Keyhaven - photo © Mark Jardine

Dear Recipient Name

Without doubt, my favourite day on the water all year is when I run the first Junior Sailing session of the year at my local club. I feel incredibly lucky that Keyhaven Yacht Club has a combination of an idyllic location, sheltered waters, a growing fleet of club-owned dinghies and supportive parents.

We had 23 kids out on the water on Saturday, all of whom came back ashore with huge smiles on their faces and looking forward to the next session in a fortnight's time. We were lucky that the weather was fine, and the breeze was relatively light; as we all know, conditions aren't always like that, but making their first experiences of sea sailing enjoyable is key to creating sailors for life.

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Zhik Combined High Schools Sailing Championships - photo © Red Hot Shotz Sports Photography / Chris Munro
Zhik Combined High Schools Sailing Championships - photo © Red Hot Shotz Sports Photography / Chris Munro

The challenges of the past year have made us all look at how technology can help us manage sailing in its various forms, and I have to admit that I'm struggling with the options currently available for amateur sporting sessions. We use various apps, such as Teamer, SignUp, Dutyman, Whatsapp and Zoom, and I'm now doing online briefings and debriefs using OBS Studio and uploading onto YouTube. I can't help thinking that an app which combined the better features of all of these into one is what organisers around the world are crying out for. Maybe it exists and I don't know about it... if so, please email me and I'd love to take a look!

Looking at the bigger picture - rather than my current microcosm of the western end of the Solent - building sailing participation must be done from the ground up, and anything that can help the army of volunteers who facilitate getting those new to sailing onto the water must be embraced. There is no shortage of enthusiasm, but we must continue to work tirelessly to break down the barriers, be those perceived, organisational or structural.

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Three Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300s in the new Mixed Double-Handed class of the 2020 Ida Lewis Distance Race - photo © Billy Black
Three Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300s in the new Mixed Double-Handed class of the 2020 Ida Lewis Distance Race - photo © Billy Black

Moving to the top of the sailing pyramid, the tenth medal for sailing at the Paris 2024 Olympics was thrown into turmoil with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) raising concerns about the Mixed Offshore Event. The main issues the IOC had were: field of play security, broadcast cost and lack of a World Championship thus far. While they haven't said "no" to the concept, by asking for an alternative they are effectively telling World Sailing that the Mixed Offshore Event isn't going to happen.

World Sailing now have an extremely short deadline to put an acceptable proposal to the IOC, and those classes who want to place submissions have to get them ready in an even shorter deadline. The event must be mixed, as Paris 2024 will have 100% gender equality, so finding a solution which fits the criteria must either be a combination of dinghies suitable for both men and women - such as the submission from the Finn and Europe classes - or a boat which will be sailed by a mixed crew. I'm beginning to think my April 1st article in 2020 about the Star class returning as the mixed offshore keelboat may not be far off the mark after all...

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July 30, 2012 Weymouth, England - Womens Match Racing - USA trail Australia - photo © Richard Gladwell
July 30, 2012 Weymouth, England - Womens Match Racing - USA trail Australia - photo © Richard Gladwell

Other alternatives have been suggested, such as match racing making a return, or even team racing using a roster of sailors from other classes competing at the event, opening up the opportunity for sailors to medal twice at a single Olympics, but the major obstacle to that is it would narrow down the potential teams to those who were fielding a big enough roster of sailors at the games. This would be discouraging to emerging nations and hardly fit the inclusive ideal.

Why is this important for grass roots sailing and growth in the sport? The answer to this is twofold...

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Firstly, sport is inherently aspirational. While the vast majority of us only compete at a club level, some will go on to national events, then international and a few exceptionally talented sailors will make it to the Olympics. For those who are competitive, the pathways need to be there, and they need to be clear. Without those goals, many young sailors will look to alternative sports to try and achieve their goals. The Olympics give us our role models and is an important showcase for sailing to a global audience.

Secondly, like it or not, World Sailing is the federation for our sport, and it derives most of its income from the Olympics. If a suitable alternative isn't found, then there simply won't be a tenth sailing event and the rot wouldn't stop there. We need a strong sailing federation, and if World Sailing were to fail then a huge void would be left that would need filling.

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David Graham appointed World Sailing Chief Executive Officer - photo © World Sailing
David Graham appointed World Sailing Chief Executive Officer - photo © World Sailing

Some questionable decisions, such as moving the headquarters to London, have left World Sailing in a less than ideal financial position, but David Graham, who is the new Chief Executive Officer, is in my opinion the right man to guide the federation through this time. Being appointed to the post in July 2020, he's had a turbulent time of it, but he has worldwide experience in sales, events, coaching and sponsorships, and most importantly is passionate about sailing. The structure of World Sailing and its decision-making processes is complex to say the least, but if it's possible to weave a path forwards, then he can do it.

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Happy sailors in the UKLA Noble Marine ILCA Autumn Qualifier - photo © Georgie Altham
Happy sailors in the UKLA Noble Marine ILCA Autumn Qualifier - photo © Georgie Altham

The grass roots and professional side of sports are connected, and stability is key. The world of football (or soccer to our American friends) has been thrown into turmoil by a breakaway European Super League plan, driven by the financial incentives dangled in front of the elite clubs. While sailing is in no way football, we need to come together in what is a perilous time and back our federation. I will in time talk with David Graham about how to truly support grass-roots sailing around the globe, providing all the tools needed to make it as easy as possible, but I'll give him some time to get through this and the Tokyo Olympics (as long as they happen) first.

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

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Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

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Musto becomes Official Technical Clothing Partner to France SailGP Team
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The Ocean Race Europe to gather data on the state of the seas
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Great Britain SailGP Team confirms Season 2 squad and female development programme
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N2E 73: Pre-race traditions return
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Mirpuri Foundation Ocean Award announced - recognising excellence in the scientific community
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Tom Slingsby & Kyle Langford on their F50 capsize in the Great Sound, Bermuda
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Finn Open and U23 European Championship at Vilamoura, Portugal - Overall
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Register today for the 2021 Camden Classics Cup
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71st Down the Bay Race for the Virginia Cruising Cup set for May 28
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World Sailing's double problem
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World Sailing receive IOC update on Mixed Offshore Event and outline the next steps
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A wind of optimism for the 13th edition of the St. Barth Cata-cup!
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Alicante, Spain confirmed as final host city for The Ocean Race Europe
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100th Bayview Mackinac Race - Logo contest
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Paris 2024: IOC puts World Sailing on six weeks notice over 2024 Olympic Events
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2021 Australian Moth Nationals at Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club
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The Perfect Spring Jacket from Henri-Lloyd
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GC32 Racing Tour revises its 2021 schedule to include new Spanish venue
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PlanetSail OnCourse Episode 11: Could the America's Cup come to Britain?
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Drop Nose Pins - What are they and why use them?
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa's control systems explained
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The Corsair Nationals 2021 recap
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