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ISAF Vote Could Wipe Keelboats from the Olympics

5th May 2011
ISAF Vote Could Wipe Keelboats from the Olympics

Today at ISAF's world sailing mid-year meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, the ISAF Events Committee passed a vote recommending that ISAF Council select the following events/equipment for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Event Men Women Mixed
Board and Kiteboard Board and/ Kiteboard RS:X/Kiteboard to be evaluated
One-Person Dinghy
Laser

Laser Radial
Two Person Dinghy (Spinnaker) 470 470
Skiff 49er Evaluation
2 Person multihull Evaluation

The voting was on an alternative vote system (AV), meaning that this slate was the last one standing after the round of voting.  Known as the 470 slate, if it survives the Council vote tomorrow or Saturday, it removes keelboats from the Olympics.

Far from unanimous, the final vote was 12 out of 21 members favouring the slate.  The vote was despite some Star class big guns being in the room, such as 2000 Gold medalist Mark Reynolds and 2008 Gold medalist Iain Percy.

The word is that there is fierce behind the scenes politicking going on to overturn the Events Committee recommendation.  Not only from the Star Class, but other interested parties such as Brazil who host the next games and are strong Star supporters.

Don't assume anything yet!

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