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"World Sailing Needs Offshore More Than Offshore Needs World Sailing"

10th December 2020
Knut Frostad Knut Frostad

There are some well put together arguments related to the future of sailing, and especially World Sailing's need for involvement in offshore sailing articulated by Knut Frostad in this video interview below with SEILmagasinet, where the Norwegian sailor issues a wake-up call to World Sailing. (English starts at 0:30).

Frostad has to be close to the top of the list of people you would like to emerge as a leader when critical decisions about the sport of sailing being debated. A two time Olympian a four-time Volvo Ocean Race sailor, the CEO of three Volvo Ocean Races and currently the CEO of Navico, one of the largest marine Electronic firms, the Norwegian has very clear views about sailing, World Sailing, the Olympic Games and the future of all three.

The debate has become even more topical with the delay of the decision on whether offshore sailing should be in the Olympics in 2024. Frostad is very clear that the proposed mixed doubles offshore event offers an opportunity for World Sailing to regain a foremost position in the sport beyond the Olympic Games. He unfavourably compares World Sailing with other International Federations, noting that other than the racing rules, WS has no influence, control, investment or payback from an area of the sport that is more popular than Olympic sailing. His arguments are backed by media figures for events such as the Vendee Globe and the Jules Verne.

A fascinating interview, articulating well the issues around sailing and the Olympics.

Published in World Sailing Team

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