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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject: Olympic Windsurfing- my 2 cents Reply with quote

Windsurfing Voted Out Of The Olympics!
2 June 2012
by Ned Crossley

The ISAF Council recently voted Men's and Women's Kiting (19) into 2016 Olympics in Rio by dropping Men's and Women's Windsurfing (17). US Sailing had 3 votes and all 3 voted for kiting. USA Windsurfers need to organize and voice their opinions. Can windsurfers pressure the US Sailing and ISAF to reverse the vote in November ISAF meeting? This affects every windsurfer directly and indirectly on all fronts nationally now and in the future.

First, get educated on what happened in the kiting vs. windsurfing ISAF process:
http://www.sail-world.com/USA/Response-to-US-Sailing-statement-on-inclusion-of-kiteboarding-in-2016/97650 (Nevin's email to US Sailing)
http://media.ussailing.org/Latest_News/2012/Brenner_052312.htm (US Sailing response)
http://www.surfertoday.com/windsurfing/7439-bruce-kendall-strongly-defends-olympic-windsurfing Bruce Kendall's letter to US Sailing statement post Nevin's letter)
http://www.sailinganarchy.com/index_page1.php (Platt Johnson letter to US Sailing: scroll way down to "battle of the boards continued")
https://www.facebook.com/groups/207173142734427/
http://danewsblog.blogspot.com/ (Best summary)

Second, please vote that windsurfing should be in 2016 Rio Olympics with complete ISAF redress on the decision. Sign the petition as 25,698 have as of 5/30/2012. Also form a simple statement. Forward your statement to other important emails as shown at this website.
http://www.change.org/petitions/isaf-keep-windsurfing-as-olympic-discipline

Third: Let US Sailing know how you feel about voting out windsurfing by the simple statement! Here are 4 emails readily available on US Sailing website:

jakefish@ussailing.org Marketing Director
jackgierhart@ussailing.org Executive Director
garyjobson1@verizon.net President
davejohnson@ussailing.org Olympic Program Manager (deliver to Dean Brenner)

Be mindful of the following:
Between 2008-2012, little or no money has been extended to developing windsurfers for the RS:X out of a $4 million dollar US Sailing Olympic Sailing Committee budget.
Our two windsurfing qualifiers (Willis & Hall) in the 2012 London Olympics will not have a coach with on site credentials at Weymouth this summer.
No US Sailing delegates who voted on the ISAF decision contacted anyone in the USA windsurfing efforts to gain insight prior to their votes being cast.
No US Sailing budget for windsurfing exists except maybe a snippet in the US Sailing Training Department.
US Sailing is the congressionally recognized USA governing body that represents us in the international governing body (ISAF). The USA invented windsurfing. Has US Sailing done due diligence without prejudice in fostering windsurfing in the USA over the past 28 years in getting the windsurfing effort organized and funded?

Kiters, Sailors, and Windsurfers are all powered by the wind! This is about windsurfing's future in the USA and internationally on a fair playing surface vs. prejudiced sailing politics. This is not about kiting vs. windsurfing, Olympic medals.

Written 5/31/12 by Ned Crossley - Windsurfer, US Sailing Windsurfing Instructor Trainer and Member. This is my story and I'm sticking to it!
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