Boardsailing is a sailing category that is yet to be included as an Olympic event. Many are pitching hard for the inclusion of the same in the reviews that are being held after the conclusion of the Rio 2016 Olympics. There are certain factors that are considered in order to include a certain sports category, affordability and access being two principal factors that also define international participation on a broad scale.
At the 2016 Olympic event the board sailor was given their own venue. It was a beach area with palm trees and was a grassy patch where the sailors gathered who were like athletes. Board sailors are not yacht sailors and they are more lifestyle oriented, akin to beach volleyball players. While beach volleyball games get full stadiums in Rio, even the boardsailing event gained a lot of attention. The racing not only looked great when it was aired, but also drew large crowds to witness the races as well.
After the 2016 Rio games, the review boards usually consider all the factors that surround the different games, especially the new ones and decide whether these should be included in the forthcoming Olympic Games. The ten events in board sailing have been approved and would be included in the 2020 Games that would be held in Tokyo. World Sailing would be reviewing the events for the next Olympic Games to be held in 2024. They would look into the changes in requirements of board sailing and how the participation and evaluation parameters should be. Though windsurfing has been part of the Olympic Games from 1984, the selection criteria keep changing as equipment keeps changing that also affect the parameters of the games and the guidelines to be set for the competitors and the suppliers of equipment for the games.
In Cagliari, Italy, the French dominate the KiteFoil Worlds, as Nico Parlier from France takes the title of IKA KiteFoil World Championship whereas Axel Mazella also from France crowned as the champion of the IKA KiteFoil GoldCup.
Nico Parlier of France put on a superior display to grab to win the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil World Championship (KWC) on the final day of the racing on the Italian resort island of Sardinia.
Even just ahead of the last race of the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam (SKGS), haul of bullets of Parlier during the four day competition reflects that he had the championship in his bag because of the superior score he had at the event.
However, after scoring two more bullets to his tally on the flat waters of the Gulf of Angels off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach in the opening two races, Parlier gave the feeling that he would make a perfect hat-trick on the final race day after taking the lead again. Continue reading Parlier Won KiteFoil World Title While Mazella Grab The GoldCup Crown
The J Class Regatta in the America’s Cup is almost reaching its climax and the race for the top position in the event is getting hotter.
The Hanuman J class fleet is leading the pack by a whisker. The final day is just around the corner and it will be held at Murray’s Anchorage. It will be a six-part race series.
There is just one point separating the top three J Class fleet. The 42 meter J class Hanuman yacht is in the first position among the seven fleets taking part in the final series of races. Hanuman was built in 1937 and was first christened as Endeavor II. It took part in the ‘Auld Mug’ event that same year.
Hanuman is on a roll at the America’s Cup. It finished day one with the same points of Ranger fleet. Now, it has got to the first position of the leaderboard after winning the final and the last race. Hanuman enjoyed a score of 2-4-1 whereas its archrival Ranger had a final score of 3-2-2. It is going to be a really tough final day. The third position is now with Lionheart with a score of 1-3-4. The irony is that only one point separates the top three. Continue reading Hanuman Leading In America’s Cup J Class
Those who follow the America’s Cup series usually finds veterans being skippers and part of teams that comprise of experienced and seasoned professionals.
This series has gained status as one of the revered regatta events across the world. Hence, it is now being extended to include young sailor teams as well. The version meant for young sailors comprise of teams with sailors between the age range of 19 to 25. Known as the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, this year there have been several changes introduced in this tournament.
The boats that are assigned to the young sailor teams will be AC45F catamarans of the same foiling design as the boats used in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup. There are first time entries in this tournament that include teams from Spain and Austria. Every country team is in the stage of being mentored by older teams of the Louis Vuitton Cup series as well as selecting six member crew for them. The six person roster for each team will be announced by May when the qualification rounds are scheduled. The events will comprise of six boats in two pools which will compete for spots in the finals.
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2016 General Meeting of Australian Sailing Ltd held on 29 October. It was the first annual meeting happened under the name of Australian sailing and the second as the company limited.
At the event Matt Allen presented the report to the president. Allen spoke for some 12 minutes and said the year 2016 is incredible for Australian sailing. The organization got its new name Australian Sailing (Earlier it was Australian Yachting) after moving from incorporated association to company limited by guarantee in year 2014.
Allen said “After so many changes in the organization now we are an integrated national administration, we are responsible toward our clubs and their Members and for success of sailing in Australia too.”
On the occasion Allen thanked all bodies present in the meeting and had contributed in upward movement of sailing in Australia. At the moment he also congratulated medalist of Olympic and Paralympic in Rio. He said that Australian players are best on and off the water. They have done wonders in making the country proud. Continue reading 2016 General Meeting Of Australian Sailing
One of the ongoing races in sailing is the Vendee Globe that is a solo race for skippers across the world.
The current status of the sailing competition is that one of the sailors has got into trouble as his boat collided with a shipping container. This occurred off the coast of New Zealand. There are images on many blogs and forums where the damage done to the boat is visible. Thomas Ruyant is a French sailor who is participating in the around the world race of the Vendee Globe. His boat has run into serious damage as it collided with a shipping container. This occurred off the coast of New Zealand, about several hundred miles in the south direction. The incident took place on Sunday.
The race organizers stated that the skipper was part of the Le Souffle du Nord team. He is okay, but his boat is on the verge of splitting up. Ruyant managed to spend Sunday night in the damaged condition and he is motoring towards Bluff, which is a South Island off the coast of New Zealand. Continue reading Ruyant Down On Vendee Globe