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Mixed-Offshore-Team James Harayda und Dee Caffari © Felix Diemer
Mixed Offshore Sailing

IOC decision impact mixed offshore crews

🇬🇧 Mixed offshore sailing will not be an Olympic event in 2024. Dee Caffari was excited about the new sailing discipline – as many others are.

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World Championship Kitesurfing in China 2016 © AKI / Alexandru Baranescu

The IOC has concerns

Max Gurgl
Mixed Offshore team Max Gurgl and Lena Weiskichel © Kassian Jürgens

Mixed Offshore sailing attracts young women

Shirley RobertsonShirley Robertson © Magenta ProjectWhat the new class would have meant for the Olympics is summed up by Olympic sailor Shirley Robertson: “Sailing offshore in teams of two would have attracted potential competitors who weren’t interested in dinghy sailing”, Robertson said. “Most importantly, to me, it would create a different pathway into long term inclusion and commitment in the sport.”

Offshore sailing is becoming popular

Ian WalkerIan Walker © privateTwo-time Olympic champion, Ian Walker is more sceptical. In a recent interview in Seahorse Magazine he cautioned we should be careful what we wish for. “I can believe there would be an awesome race in a fleet of supplied boats for a lucky few in Marseilles, but I am still not clearer on how we get from here to there.” Walker is Director of Racing at the RYA and a very successful sailor himself – two-time Olympian, Volvo Ocean Race winner and America’s Cup skipper.

What more proof is needed?

Dee Caffari and James Harayda
Dee Caffari and James Harayda on board © Felix Diemer

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