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Mixed Offshore Keelboat for Paris 2024
Details of the European and World Championships have not yet been released due to the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has launched its search to find sailors to represent Great Britain at the 2021 Offshore Mixed Doubles European and World Championships. Interest has been growing in mixed doublehanded offshore racing since 2019 when the discipline…
A mixed offshore pair sailing a Sunfast 3300
The much-publicised Mixed Two-Person Offshore Keelboat Event for Paris 2024 did not get the green light from the IOC this week and remains under review. It’s understood that one of the key factors under consideration is cost, both of staging…
Offshore pairing - Ireland's Kenny Rumball and Pam Lee are sticking with their mixed offshore keelboat campaign plans for Paris 2024 even though a decision on the new class will not now be made by the IOC until the end of May 2021
A leading offshore sailor and former Admiral of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) in London says because of the 'possible loss' of the new offshore keelboat at the Olympics he questions whether it is worth sustaining the connection of…
The Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat Event is under further review by the IOC
The decision on the Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat Event for the Paris 2024 Olympics has been deferred until the end of May 2021 by the International Olympic Committee. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board says it would like to…
Conor Fogerty (right) and Susan Glenny competed for Ireland in the first EUROSAF Mixed Offshore doubles racing this summer. Two handed racing has been added to the 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and Fogerty is one of the first entries in a classic Shamrock
An exciting addition to Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is its offshore double-handed and mixed keelboat component to the July 2021 event.  Offshore Mixed Doubles is the fastest-growing segment of offshore sailing that is also set to become an Olympic sport…
Pam Lee and Kenny Rumball have mapped out a campaign plan for the Paris 2024 Olympics
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee of Greystones Harbour have restated their goal to represent Ireland at Paris 2024 in the new Olympic Mixed Offshores Double Class.  "We're absolutely focused and excited and working towards Paris 2024, but…
Tom Dolan - one of a number of Irish campaigns for Paris 2024 in the new mixed offshore keelboat
The new Offshore Doubles organisation that aims to represent the growing interests of two-handed offshore sailing, the newest Olympic sailing discipline for Paris 2024, has announced that at the end of its first month of operation has 1,600 members from 66 countries…
A yacht competing in the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
This year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, the 76th running of the Australian race, welcomes a new division of boats and sailors to the world-renowned racecourse with the Two-Handed division included for the first time. After witnessing the worldwide increase in…
Ireland's Tom Dolan is one of a number of Irish sailors with Olympic ambitions in the new mixed keelboat class
Just when proponents of Offshore Mixed Doubles sailing should be celebrating new Olympic status, the champagne is on ice this week as World Sailing debates a submission that it should not proceed with changes it agreed last year due to…
Conor Fogerty and Susan Glenny competing in the EUROSAF Mixed Offshore keelboat European Championships in an L30. one of the proposed boat types for Paris 2024
Confirmation that the mixed double-handed Olympic keelboat will be on the slate for Paris 2024 will be decided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Executive Board (EB) when it sits to confirm the event programme and athlete quotas in December.  There…
The new home page of the Offshore Doubles Association
A new organisation has been founded to represent the emerging discipline of doublehanded offshore racing, called the 'Offshore Doubles Association'. The association has attracted a number of key offshore sailors and administrators including former Volvo Ocean Race chief, Knut Frostad…
Tom Dolan at the Fastnet Rock. The County Meath sailor went on to finish fifth overall in this year's La Solitare du Figaro race, Ireland's best ever result
A farmer from County Meath representing Ireland in sailing at the Olympics. That is what Tom Dolan would like to do, in France in 2024, when sailing at the Games is based in Marseille. The Olympic classes then are intended…
 James Harayda & Dee Caffari racing Sun Fast 3300 Gentoo
James Harayda & Dee Caffari, racing Sun Fast 3300 Gentoo, have won the second race of the RORC IRC Two-Handed Autumn Series. Gentoo took line honours in the 128nm race as well as the win on IRC corrected time. Richard…
Susan Glenny and Conor Fogerty raced at the Eurosaf Mixed Offshore event in Italy
France has claimed the inaugural European Mixed Offshore Title in Italy in which Ireland's Conor Fogerty and Susan Glenny made their debut in the L30 keelboat but unfortunately did not finish the one race event.  Fogerty says he is still…
Howth mixed offshore team Conor Fogerty and Susan Glenny will compete in Italy later this month
For Ireland's Conor Fogerty and Susan Glenny, this month's EUROSAF Mixed Offshore European Championship in Italy is an opportunity to get racing following the cancellation of the Round Ireland Race and to evaluate their programme at an early stage. The introduction…
Kenny Rumball on board RL Sailing before the start of the Solo Concarneau Race
Dublin rookie Kenneth Rumball reflects on the Solo Concarneau Race, his last lead up race before next month's Solitaire Du Figaro debut  Our final training race before the big one in a few weeks (GULP!) was the Solo Concarneau 2020.…

Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat

For the first time in sailing's Olympic history, a Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat event will be on the slate at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat will join kiteboarding, windsurfing, multihulls, singlehanded and doublehanded dinghies and skiffs, promoting the diversity of the sport. This, in turn, will support World Sailing's desire to promote and grow universality in all disciplines and increase female participation with gender-equal medals and athletes.

Offshore sailing is the ultimate test of endurance, skill, discipline, navigation and critical decision making.

Embracing a major part of sailing in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will enable new stars of the sport to come to the forefront.

Qualification

Offshore sailing is a universal discipline that every World Sailing Member National Authority (MNA) can participate in.

Up to 20 nations will be on the start line at Paris 2024 and sailors from every continent will be represented. To qualify for the Olympic Games, continental qualification events will be held and competition for a spot will be hotly contested.

Equipment

For qualification events, World Sailing will approve a list of one-design boats that are already regionally available and can be accessed as a charter boat. Boats will be equalised to ensure fair competition.

For Paris 2024, World Sailing's Council will select a list of different Equipment it considers to meet the key criteria by 31 December 2020 and then make a decision on the Equipment, selecting from the list, no later than 31 December 2023.

MNAs, Class Associations and Manufacturers have all been invited to propose Equipment for the list and a World Sailing Working Party will evaluate each proposal. A recommended list will be presented to Council for approval in November 2020.

This recommended Equipment list will ensure that event organisers, MNAs and the sailors have opportunities to train and compete in Equipment that is readily available and affordable within their continent and country. It will also ensure each MNA has a fair opportunity to prepare for qualification events and eventually, Paris 2024.

Format

Starting and finishing in Marseille, the Mixed Offshore event is expected to last for either three days and two nights or four days and three nights off the French coastline and whoever crosses the finish line first will be declared Olympic champion.

The race course and length will be announced in the lead up to the start so the competition can take advantage of the latest weather forecast. Current options proposed include long and short courses heading towards the West and East of France.

Safety and Security

The French Navy and Mediterranean forces have extensive experience of supporting major oceanic sailing races. They will provide safety and security at Paris 2024.

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