World Sailing has created a dedicated section on its website – sailing.org – to promote the new Olympic offshore sailing double-handed event.
Following the controversial selection of a Mixed Tandem Officer Keelboat Event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the international sailing organization has a dedicated section on its website to provide information about . . . ‘the fastest growing discipline in sailing, double-handed offshore sailing’.
This new section offers information on Paris 2024, as well as a list of double-handed offshore events and a section on available equipment.
It’s an interesting move, as other Olympic sailing events, even new sailing events, haven’t received such in-depth coverage via the World Sailing website.
Considerable changes in racing equipment and formats are taking place at the 2024 Games.
The ‘ifoil’ foilboard will replace the RS:X for the men’s and women’s windsurfing events.
The men’s and women’s 470 dinghy events are combined into a single mixed-crew 470 dinghy event.
A mixed Formula Kite event is introduced, replacing the discontinued 470 event.
And the men’s Finn dinghy event is replaced by a double-handed offshore event.
Thus, three new forms of navigation are introduced, involving three new pieces of equipment (Olympic talks about the boat/board used). . . a foil board, a kite board and offshore yacht racing.
At the moment, the page dedicated to the mixed two-seater offshore keelboat consists of a list of events and some “useful links”.
It may take a while to find anything on the World Sailing website (a root and branch rebuild is long overdue), but World Sailing has published a list of 12 manufacturers and designers who have provided information on the proposals initials to their request for information. . .
The working group will use the information provided to evaluate the options that currently exist on the market and will use this information for the development of equipment criteria.
A first draft of the criteria will be made public and accessible as soon as it is available.
Appropriate equipment criteria for the Olympic at-sea event will be published no later than December 31, 2020 and equipment will be selected no later than December 31, 2023.
List of events and equipment for Paris 2024:
Windsurfing Men – iFoil – new equipment
Women’s Windsurfer – iFoil – new equipment
Men’s single-seater dinghy – Laser
Women’s single-seater sailing dinghy – Laser Radial
Skiff for women – 49erFX
Men’s Sculls – 49er
Mixed Kite – Formula Kite – new event
Mixed annex for two people – 470
Mixed Tandem Multihull – Nacra 17
Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore – TBC boat – new event
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