berny Posted December 12, 2007 Report Share Posted December 12, 2007 The Australian Multihull Council 12 December, 2007 To Australian Sailors The recent decision by ISAF to drop a multihull from the 2012 Olympics has galvanised the Australian sailing community and in particular the multihull fraternity into action. In Australia, Yachting Australia and in particular its CEO Phil Jones has been at the forefront of a global action to have the decision reversed. Yachting Australia has now been joined by the Australian Multihull Council, a wide group of concerned sailors, clubs, associations and manufacturers who like most fair minded sailors are concerned about the future of sailing and believe that the decisions made by ISAF last month on the 2012 Olympic Events are not in the best interests of the sport of sailing throughout the world and should be reviewed. At its inaugural meeting the Australian Multihull Council has agreed to action three key objectives: · A multihull in future Olympics and ISAF Youth Worlds; · A strong and united multihull sailing presence in Australia; · Developing youth sailing. The retention of a multihull in future Olympics and ISAF Youth Worlds is a short-term objective and must be our immediate priority. To this end an interim management team including Darren Bundock, Rod Waterhouse, John Goldsmith, John McCormick and Anthony Duchatel has been formed. The team will focus on: · Continuing to build consensus and support in Australia and the South Pacific · Liaising with Yachting Australia to ensure the views of the multihull fraternity are heard along with the rest of the Australian sailing community. · Writing directly to the ISAF delegates in the South Pacific. · Generating a positive media program · Establishing a dedicated Australian Multihull Council website It has become clear that many ISAF delegates including those in Great Britain, America and New Zealand that voted on the basis of winning medals in other sailing classes now see the decision to eliminate a multihull as short sighted. It is a decision that threatens the very future of sailing at all levels, elite to youth, and fly’s in the face of the IOC’s direction for sailing. The multihull represents everything that the IOC asked for and that ISAF needs. It’s the high performance boat, its spectacular, its relatively inexpensive, it has global popularity, it will allow new nations to break into the Olympics, it has a strong youth appeal with strong development opportunities and it has a huge media appeal that has generated great media coverage. All of the things the IOC and ISAF need. The Australian Multihull Council will be working with the Yachting Australia and you the multihull sailors of Australia and the South Pacific to increase the reach and appeal of the sport of sailing and to ensure its future as part of the Olympic Games. We will keep you up to date and involved. We need you to make the difference and help achieve our objectives Sincerely, Rod Waterhouse for the Australian Multihull Council Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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