A closer look at two critical submissions to the ISAF General Coucil shed some light on the re-vamped Olympic event selection process and reveal that the Council itself still holds the final vote.
Many sailors see the exclusion of multihulls from the Olympics regatta in November 2007 as a low-water mark for the sport. But it could also prove to be a crucial turning point that helped spur a more logical and forward-thinking method for managing the events and boats for future Olympic regattas.
Is the Star on its way out of the Olympics? The venerable design was not included on the initial proposal for the Olympic sailing events for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
ISAF’s Events Committee has produced a slate of disciplines for the 2016 Olympics that includes a mixed multihull and doesn’t (gasp) include the Star. Now before everyone (or at least all the current and former Star sailors) gets too excited, remember that this is simply the recommendation from the Events Committee. As logical as it would be to have this committee decide the final slate and not the biased, self-interested, and extremely political general council, that’s not how it works. The ISAF Council will vote on the slate this weekend.