Another sign of progress is the inclusion of mixed rather than open classes. In the slate of events proposed by the Events Committee both the multihull, which is to be determined by evaluation trials, and a two-person dinghy, the 470, are mixed, as in one man and one woman. A few years ago, as part of a three-part web report on how to reshape the Olympic Regatta and make sailing more attractive to the IOC and the general public, I pitched my thoughts on how the classes should be re-worked (scroll down to the bottom of the story for my thoughts on the classes, not all of which I would still endorse). One idea I was really high on was a coed class. It wasn't something I'd heard taken too seriously before and more than a few people thought I was a little nuts. But my logic is sound (apparently as three years later the events committee thinks the same thing). There are precious few coed events in the Olympics: Pairs figure skating and ice dancing are the only two events I can think of where men and work compete as a team, though I could be missing one or two. Equestrian could be included on this list, but while the teams are coed, the athletes compete on their own. This twist—being the only sport in the summer games where men and women work in partnership for a medal—could spark some interest in the sport. The general public loves to see both sexes working together in athletic competition. Elevating sailing's standing amongst all the Olympic sports is very important given how much money and effort it takes to put on the Olympic regatta, and how out of balance that is with the meager revenue the sport brings in.