All in all I do not dislike the new World Sailing logo: it is modern, colored and young.

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Talking about the new positioning that World Sailing announced yesterday, surely sailors in history have always had a special eye for the environment and surely that can be even further expanded to become part of our mission. So we can all agree on that and make our sport as green as we can… All in agreement? If your answer is yes, well soon you’ll think about it again, why? Because all new fast equipment so far introduced in the Olympics has a very short life span and is not seaworthy. It means that if you sail Nacras, 49ers… you need a rib to help you out most of the times and because your hull is lasting not even one full season and nobody will use it again, as no second hand market exists nor national fleets.

Fast classes needs at the top level almost one rib per team. Here the spanish coach follows FX guns Echegoyen-Betanzos. Photo Sailing Energy

Fast classes needs at the top level almost one rib per team. Here the spanish coach follows FX guns Echegoyen-Betanzos. Photo Sailing Energy

Your carbon footprint per hour is huge, you are a serial polluter… and so, all the magic high tech foiling big cats, hundreds of kgs of carbon composites lasting not long and costing a fortune to dispose, requiring huge powerboats using tons of fuel to guarantee safety… well, one environmental nightmare, and so is bad to use helicopters to broadcast instead of balloons, to have so many support ribs etc.

Finn, Laser, 470… by far the greener of all actual olympic boats lasting forever, seaworthy, lots of sailors go and train alone etc. Well, do your maths and calculate the carbon foot print, you’ll know how much you pollute, but the equation is simple: the less something lasts, the more it ends up polluting, and so does changing classes etc… Just some simple considerations…we should be at the forefront and, like in California, oblige builders to recycle scrapped material and cost that in… We should favour green laminating with bio resins and bio fibres, that creates a green low tech laminate, we will not be going so fast but we will pollute less.

A powerful rib close to Hugo Boss Imoca 60

A powerful rib close to Hugo Boss Imoca 60