Western Hemisphere & Orient Sailors Forum
By Gweneth Crook, Secretary WH&O The Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship was recently held at Yacht Club Olivos in Argentina. After the races one day all the sailors gathered for a beer and a chance to talk about the Snipe Class. There were many topics that were raised, from opening up the Westerns to having a charter boat program, I am sharing the discussion through Snipe Today so that you have the opportunity to comment. Your input is welcome. ...
By Gweneth Crook, Secretary WH&O
The Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship was recently held at Yacht Club Olivos in Argentina. After the races one day all the sailors gathered for a beer and a chance to talk about the Snipe Class. There were many topics that were raised, from opening up the Westerns to having a charter boat program, I am sharing the discussion through Snipe Today so that you have the opportunity to comment. Your input is welcome.
Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship Sailors Forum
Wednesday, November 21/12
Yacht Club Olivos
There was much discussion about many items. Some agreed, some didn’t. I will list the ideas that were brought up below.
1.Maximum 2 races per day, only allow 3 to save the Championship. Add more days if necessary, want the same number of races. Most people have travelled a long way for a Championship and make it a vacation.
2.Change to allow downwind finishes or round leeward mark and finish to windward. (Showed the diagram for Approved Modified Courses from the rulebook)
3.Still have qualification for the Westerns, do not want to make the Championship open. Feel very strongly it will lose prestige. That was agreed to by all.
4.Increase the number of boats from each country for the Westerns to 10. A suggestion was made to sail in flights of 50 boats each if there is a large turnout. Not everyone liked the idea of flights. There is an issue with charter boats that was brought up.
5.Comment made to define what you want for the Worlds. Do not like that the number of boats that qualify for the Worlds is based on number of members. Countries like Argentina qualify only 2 boats but they feel they have many more good sailors that would go if they could. Suggestion was made to increase the minimum number of boats per country to 4.
6.Suggest that the Worlds do a re-allocation like we did at the Westerns. Felt it was fair, and did not favour the countries with more members. When there were extra spots available we put out a call to all countries in the Hemisphere asking if anyone wanted them. In the end Brazil and Argentina were the only countries to take those spots and it worked out well. Suggestion made that there be more allocation for Juniors and Women at major Championships.
7.Felt that Board was making too many changes too quickly without enough input. Not against change but make it a more reasonable pace. (We then reviewed the SCIRA decision making proposal, and it was favourably received. See next item)
8.Suggestion made that there be one top flight sailor on the Board, a World Champion for example. Another suggestion was a Sailors Advisory Committee for the Board, Rules and Technical Committees. Could be made up of World, Western, European, Junior and Women’s Champions for example.
9.Forget banning old sails for the World Masters, modify the Deed of Gift. Felt for some participants that may be the only international regatta they attend. We want to encourage their participation. (As an ISAF Int. class, we are bound by ISAF regulations which means we have to follow World ChampionshipIf we make an exception for one Worlds it is not being consistent. )
10.Try to ensure that all measurers are equal in ability
11.Suggestion made to have a charter boats program, a container with boats that can attend the major Championships, the Worlds, Westerns, and Europeans.