Sail Melbourne would like to confirm that, in light of the decision by ISAF on 10 November 2012 to remove Kite-boarding from the Olympic Class line up for 2016 Olympic Games, kite boarding WILL continue to be embraced as part of its Invited Class Program during the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne, to be hosted at Sandringham Yacht Club, 2-8 December 2012.
As a key addition to the invited class program, Sail Melbourne's first in class Race Management Team will continue to provide a competitive platform for kite boarder from around the world. Racing Formats will remain the same, entailing course racing and a final-day medal race as originally planned, in line with the IKA Class Rules 2012.
With more than 60 entries, this year's kite boarding at Sail Melbourne is set to be an amazing competition and we look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne in December!
moo wrote:They have only just included RSX as of yesterday!!!!! Give them a chance. Geez.....
Now with such short notice, it will be difficult for international sailors to take part.
RSX was always in sail Melbourne Just goes to show that in this part of the world that class has very little interest in it if it's not in the Olympics. Unlike other classes of sailing and kite boarding where it has an increasing following regardless of the Olympic status and will continue to slowly grow.
At least with kiteboarding it is a sport that people are interested participants in even if it's not in the Olympics. Truth be known it is probly a good thing to have been given a huge kick start and now it can get on with just being a great aspect of kite boarding without the political baggage associated with an Olympic sport.
Now if only we can get a hold of that virgin boss to create a world kiterace tour to poke some fun back at all the knockers
I think it would be just fair from ISAF now to put up higher pricemoney for kiteracing, since we don't get any Olympic support now from out nations. They want us one day to save the attraction and participation numbers of their sailing events, so they better pay now to get our young talented riders going!