Moana Pozzi, famous italian portstar in the 90ies

Don’t worry our beloved readers, the future of Olympic sailing is not about porn (yet…)… We don’t need to reach that point, by changing what made sailing great for an uncertain future but never say never… We have some ideas about that and we would like to share them with you. Your feedback and contribution will be appreciated.

Moana Pozzi, famous italian portstar in the 90ies

Moana Pozzi, famous italian portstar in the 90ies

A possible way forward for olympic sailing: lots of people has thought on how to make sailing generating more money, see for example the Mark Turner ideas attached (isaf-council-oman-final-email), an analysis made in 2013 upon input of World Sailing President Carlo Croce. Even if we do not agree and think that sailing is based on different values than money, how can we have a positive solution combining both worlds and making sure we all enjoy a bright future and so will our passion?

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As you can see from Turner’s ideas, those who want the sport to generate money want limited entries. For example he suggests 25 crews, and recently Mark Turner (current VOlvo Ocean Race CEO) came up with a new vision of equipment that is a bit too advanced in my opinion and far too expensive, though once a few basic principles are set. Why not trying to be open and forward thinking? We need equipment that is not too expensive, of good quality and lasting more than one year, olympic equipment must cater for all sizes as we have significant differences in the physiques of athletes, in defining the slate we need to cater for all types of physiques not disciminating neither lightweights nor heavyweights.

We need to combine the participatory sport nature with the new elitist vision, so here my ideas: why don’t we use existing legendary events like Palma, Miami, Hyeres, Kiel etc and some more if proper funding is there, combining with a new format the best of both worlds? So why not having a five days regatta that starts on Sunday and ends on Thursday, with open entries and that qualifies the top ten to the elite event joining there the top 15 of the world ranking? That is a three day event and runs from Friday to Sunday just after the open regatta. We will have attendance, we will have passionate spectators as sailors that will not make it to the elite event will stiil enjoy the show and get motivated to train more in order to finally have a shot at glory.

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Formula Kite 2016 World Championship. Sailing needs this to survive?

Why don’t we start with a one for all regatta at the end for all winners in one boat that caters for all physicals, something like a nice 30 footer provided so that all winners of the World Cup events can race each other in the battle of the champions, the winner the only sailing world champion overall? And then a Pro-Am regatta with corporate ospitality, just to put sponsor or VIP onboard to enjoy the real sailing adrenaline?

Why don’t we open all classes to all builders in the world, so that we restart the chain of promotion that historically has made our sport popular, though at the same time being forward thinking and starting studying the construction of more modern green equipment using eco friendly resins and fibers, promoting the development of green, ie electrical support boats, as well as sharing of support boats in order to reduce the enviromental impact of our events? So, by combining the best of both worlds we will have a lot of partecipation including whoever is passionate, we will have spectators for the elite event and moove positively towards a better future, and, you know guys, good equipment as competition always generates better products, a good Finn lasting ten years as well as a good Tornado by Marstroem was…

Corporate event, like the Rolex MBA's Regatta in Santa Margherita Ligure, could follow the main participatory regattas circuit. Here italian Nacra 17 olympic helmsman Vittorio Bissaro enjoyng the show with the Boston MIT Sloan School of Management

Corporate events, like the Rolex MBA’s Regatta in Santa Margherita Ligure, could follow the main participatory regattas circuit. Above, italian Nacra 17 olympic helmsman Vittorio Bissaro enjoying the show with the Boston MIT Sloan School of Management crew last Sunday