An about-face which “goes badly”, commented Jonas Gerckens. The Liège skipper has made this occasion an goal with Sophie Faguet, a naturalized Belgian Norman, to compose the Belgian crew of the Red Dolphins in ocean racing.
A closing choice is due on June 8, however the development is actually not optimism. “If this decision is confirmed, it would go badly. It is an obvious lack of modernity, of analysis, of vision which, apart from my personal project, will be, in my opinion, detrimental for Olympic Sailing in general”, Jonas Gerckens instructed social media.
A two to three-day double-handed offshore race from Marseille to Corsica or alongside the Mediterranean coast, relying on the climate, in blended doubles on a 30-foot one-design ought to have taken place, however a letter from the IOC, the International Committee Olympic, in Quanhai Li, the Chinese president of World Sailing, newly elected, however resistant to the undertaking, suggests fairly the reverse, arguing specifically for safety causes linked to “acts of piracy” at sea.
“If the complexity of organizing such an event poses a problem for the IOC, I suggest they get closer to Classe MINIi, Class40, Classe Figaro Bénéteau, to name a few, which have been organizing races for decades. off successfully in doubles, “argued Jonas Gerckens. “Also as a reminder: two EUROSAF European mixed doubles offshore championships have already been organized in 2019 and 2020. This same European championship was officially confirmed by Nostra Rosa Tour on March 4, as well as the first World Sailing Championship. discipline next September “. A world championship which ought to have already taken place in 2020 however has been postponed by the well being disaster. Together, Jonas Gerckens and Sophie Faguet gained the silver medal in the European Mixed Doubles Offshore Racing Championship in Venice in 2019 and in Genoa final 12 months.
“As in any challenge, as long as the finish line is not crossed, we must always believe in it. As an eternal optimist, I still think that reason can prevail”, nonetheless hoped Jonas Gerckens.
The French-speaking crusing federation has launched a petition to attempt to save the ordeal, even when it says it is extremely pessimistic. “It is with a bitter taste that we have just learned that there will undoubtedly not be an ocean race in mixed doubles at the Olympic Games in 2024. Ocean racing was to be a flagship and innovative event. Marseille “, commented the FFYB. “Now, the sports federations are facing a wall and 6 weeks to present the IOC with an alternative to ocean racing! But to present an alternative is to give up, to admit defeat. That is why the FFYB will do it. block and will not present an alternative “, we are able to learn in the press launch.
The FFYB stated it was “disappointed, stunned and angry at this ultimatum”. In addition, “the reasons for this about-face which threatens offshore racing are completely eccentric; they fear for the safety of the participants, pirate attacks, television production costs and the complexity of promoting our sport. . The new president of World Sailing, Li Quanhay, would it not be anti-veil? “, Asks the French-speaking crusing federation, which has determined to launch a petition. “The Federation does not admit defeat and will rally other federations to make their voices heard.”