Safety should be taken seriously nothing 'low' about that, especially youth. You cannot have sailing clubs looking after safety, many are not even safe locations for lauching and landing. When it comes to other disciplines it is just an absolute joke. World sailing made no friends when it claimed to be the world authority of all forms of kiteboarding on water and used legal threats against us.
When youth olympic qualifications found there were not enough competitors, adverts popped up in countries asking for competitors.. no racing experience necessary, no minimum riding experience. So that is ok with world sailing right? to me it is just another example of the kind of conflicts of interests we are dealing with. Olympic glory vs safety. I remember Dimitri came on this forum complaining about it too ( his son entered) how was that addressed? Then there were the over 100+ rescues that occured.. what were the rammifications? What if there are not enough safety boats to deal with multiple tangles.. safety boats have to have kiters running them right? tell us about those rammifications.
Then one of the young girls lost a finger in a tangle. Tell us about the rammifications of this, where was it reported at the recent world sailing meeting?
I honestly think these kind of f#_k ups would be soooo much less likely to happen with kiters in control of kiting
Youth in sport rules, but we all know the real motives of World Sailing
.. not losing funding after threats from IOC. This article from yesterday sums up the political reasoning perfectly. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/a ... d=12052784
'Urban' was the term coined by IOC to get better viewership numbers, and yet we have racing around buoys. In a world sailing report the look of the foil out of the water was described as giving it an urban look. Hell World Sailing don't even know what format or what equipment will be used when "kiteboarding saves sailings olympic funding"
And a single medal mixed sex team event for kiting.. on wait for it.... separate courses for male and female wtf. You may as well randomly give out a medal for freeriding.
world sailing just stated.. "all equipment options are open for kiteboarding". what like my wakeskate or my surfboard maybe a pair of waterskis lol US Sailing proposed a mixed sex triathlon combined twintip race/ foil race/ wave riding, read the submissions.. what planet are some of these sailors on. Another example of what happens when you let one sport administer another.
Am i watching South Park? What a bunch of absolute kooks.
The question of whether kiting is sailing can be discussed here but ultimately will end up in court.