Posted by CT249
EVERY sporting organisation has the right to restrict an event to a certain type of equipment, surely?
Is it bias when the "offshore" multis put on a nationals that doesn't allow monos, or small cats, or windsurfers, or kites, or skiffs?
Do the trailable yacht associations cop flak if they don't run divisions for TP52s, 12 Foot Skiffs and Etchells?
Do you complain when the Palm Beach Sailing Club has cat-only regattas and doesn't invite dinghies?
Do you complain if a major motorbike event doesn't put out an invitation for cars to race?
Is it "one sided" if a surf club that has always concentrated on shortboards doesn't invite mals, SUPs, and wave skis to their events?
Are the organisers of the Texel catamaran race bigots because they don't have monohull, kite and windsurfer divisions?
There were top-class cat sailors and multihull associations who went on record after the Tornado was dropped from the Olympics and said that multihulls were a SEPARATE discipline to monos. If multis are a separate discipline as they said, then why should RPA be under some duty to invite them?
When every other sport has major events just for one type of equipment and when multihull organisations have major events just for monos then why do the mono clubs attract so much abuse for doing exactly the same thing?
Lots of small monohulls are excluded from the Coffs race (AFAIK) and other races that they used to be able to do, btw.
I'm disappointed that we don't see the level of acceptance that sailing craft see in France take a look at the recent Tour de Belle Ile all types of monohulls and multis racing together in their own divisions and respecting each others right to be there and enjoy SAILING. The Grand Prix Guyader integrates everything from Dragons to Imocas to Maxi Multihulls to kiteboarders and even SUP's in their event. I don't agree that reducing every event down to smaller and smaller sub categories and classes is the way to go. By all means have appropriate safety requirements and equipment in place but being a bit more inclusive might actually be a good thing for sailing.
I didn't say that reducing every event down to smaller and smaller sub-categories and classes is THE way to go. And yep, all-inclusive events can be great fun. I've been wondering about whether we could get a "bring everything marathon" (from Optis and boards to 2.4 Metres, B14s, Hobies, Lasers and Farriers all on the same course and line) around my little pond.
But diversity runs both ways IMHO. In the same way that we can have all types of craft, we can also have all types of event, from those that welcome in all types to those that are just for one type.
Diversity is great, but IMHO you also get a lot of strength when you create an organisation with a single and clear objective, such as founding a catamaran club or bringing multis as a group within a club a la RMYC, or a race for cats like Texel. That seems pretty universal in human activity, whether we're talking street machines, hacker conventions, opera, flower shows, show dogs or political movements - you get all-in events and organisations AND specialist events and organisations and they work really well together.
It's nice to be able to go to Forster and just sail only cats together sometimes, it's nice to be able to sail a shorthanded race without crewed boats along for the ride as well, it's nice to be able to go and just sail only offshore multis without beach cats and monos in the fleet, it's nice to be able to go to Port Stephens and just sail various types of windsurfer only - and it's nice to be able to just sail ballasted offshore monos only.
It's just funny that it's only the latter that seems to attract complaints. Perhaps it's the enduring myth that multis were destroyed by the mythical ban of Amaryllis, perhaps it's partly because the ballasted offshore monos are such a successful group.