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Old 24th June 2008, 09:30 AM   #13
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Yes, I think an OD class IS the best way to represent windsurfing.

1- Windsurfing is in the Games largely because it is seen as cheap. If we brought in a development windsurfer class it could increase costs in the same way that it did in the development dinghy classes, where the British spent (IIRC) 20,000 pounds on a single mast for a slow 11 foot dinghy. If they can spend 20,000 pounds on a mast, what could they spend on a whole FW board development programme?

That dinghy has now been dumped because smaller nations felt that they couldn't afford to be competitive - that is NOT a recipe for success.

2- When it comes to racing, windsurfing's current obsession with "open" classes doesn't seem to be doing much for the numbers. Our championship regattas are tiny compared to some of the popular dinghy classes. Lasers outsell FW by 350% each year.....our way is not working!

3- If we are looking for a model to copy, why look at bike racing (which attracts only a tiny% of bike riders, even those of performance bikes) and not sailboat racing which attracts a very large % of sailors, and is a closer sport in Olympic terms?

4- Why make a contest between athletes into a contest between manufacturers?
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