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Dutch sailors revolt

15 March 2016 - 12:18 PM

Pasted below is a google trans of an article that describes what some very serious sailors are doing to shake up things in their country.  Lots of people in lots of places talk about it, but the Dutch are actually doing something about it.   What country will be next?  




Some passionate sailors and the National Youth Platform Competitive sailing is the initiative launched to accommodate the interests of the Dutch sailing in an independent National Sailing Association. The main reason for this initiative is that the Sailing Federation has imposed on itself several core activities and who hardly have anything to do with the sailing sport.

To this end, a team with the working title "Bond Working Group Sail Netherlands. The initiators believe that the sailing sport, both nationally and internationally, is not represented well enough by the Royal Dutch Sailing Federation.
It is not the intention that the proposed Sailing League will take the place of the Sailing Federation. The initiators want only the 'regatta sports' post in a separate Sailing Federation.
No focus on sailing
Sailing Federation has imposed itself various activities and key tasks that hardly have anything to do with the sailing sport. The Netherlands has in almost all sports its own sports association that guarantees everything that happens within that sport. The Dutch racers can not rely on such Sail Association. They must share the attention of the Sailing Federation with many others, for racers irrelevant, disciplines.
Finances and attention given by the Sailing Federation of the sailing sport goes overwhelmingly to the very narrow section topsails.
The grassroots group sees the increased aging. The national contest fields are becoming smaller, owning a boat is not a rule lake and water sports clubs can not facilitate sufficient. hardly working on youth recruitment and sport. Youth sail training has been not updated for decades and there is no reliable and unambiguous vision of structure, training and logistics.
Deviating structure worries
There is no other country where the sailing is housed in a structure like the Sailing Federation. Due to the lack of grassroots policy of the sailing sport pyramid very narrow and steep. There is only a very small group of sailors representing the Netherlands at the international competition fields and events. In the longer term this has a negative effect on talent development and succession of the current zeilwedstrijdtop.
The format of the competition itself should be adapted to developments in society. Matches have shorter, high frequency, faster and more accessible to the public and media.
pay sailor, but has no vote
The sailors provide the main income of the Yachting Association, but have no control over it, because they have no access to the General Assembly of the Sailing Federation. In the current structure are not the sailors member of the Yachting Association, but the connected water sports clubs. Interlocutor of the Sailing Federation is therefore not the sailor himself, but the boards of the associations.
However, the interests of a watersports board are not always aligned with those of the racers.
Purpose and focus Sailing League Netherlands
The sailors like to see the money they contribute, efficiently and with the sailing sole interest also invested in sailing and talent. This can only be achieved through an autonomous Sailing League with an efficient back office and unequivocal focus on sailing.
The content of the general focus will be on inflow youth, recreational and professional sports. There will have to be a permanent solution to recurring financial and logistical problems topzeilploeg. In addition, the priorities are the modernization of education, format and organization of competitions and accessibility of competitions for public and media. This is what will achieve the group with the founding of the Federal Sail with the motto:
"Water is a beautiful recreational hobby, but racing is a real sport '
took a seat on the initial working group:
Jos Schrier (Chairman)
Joost van Raay (administrative organization)
Mick de Haas (sports marketing and funding)
Lobke Berkhout (top sport structure)
Klaas Niewold (youth sailing)
Edith trumpet (youth sailing and associations)
Marjoram Epke (sail training and communication)
Eddy Chevalier (youth racing and framework programs)
Management National Platform Youth RRS:
Max Blom (chair)
marjoram Epke
Carolyn Brouwer
Mick Waateringe
Jos Schrier