Category Archives: Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Explaining the past, defining the future

By | January 18, 2019

Since its launch in 1969, the impact of the International Laser Class sailboat cannot be understated. However, the current manufacturer of this product – LaserPerformance – has not quite lived up to the responsibility. Class enthusiasts have suffered through a lack of supply, creating a vacuum filled now by alternative single-handers such as the RS… Read More »

Benefiting All Sailors Everywhere

By | November 7, 2018

I get it, trust me, I do. As long as Sailing is in the Olympics, the disruption is significant. The focus of an expansive and diverse sport is on the very few. The national and international sailing federations spend an inordinate amount of time on the topic. Class organizations must conform to Olympic standards. Youth… Read More »

Watching the Sausage Get Made

By | November 6, 2018

Recreational sailing is like few sports in its reliance on volunteers. No paid referees or professional event organizers. As we take, we give back, and nothing provides significant impact to a local sailing area like boots on the ground. But leadership is needed from national and international sports federations, and with the 2018 World Sailing… Read More »

The recipe for Olympic success

By | October 12, 2018

Olympic glory is the ultimate honour in most sports. Sailing is no different. With athletes waiting four years for an opportunity to win a coveted gold medal, competition is tough and the stakes are high. Two years out from Tokyo 2020, CNN’s Mainsail visited the Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark to discover if there… Read More »

On a mission to be the best

By | July 19, 2018

Read what Craig Leweck said about Marit Bouwmeester for Scuttlebutt Sailing News: Marit Bouwmeester, who comes from the Netherlands, dominates the Laser Radial. Two-time Olympic medalist, many time world champion. On social media, she dominates the gym. “I post a lot of photos of myself on Instagram showing my training. I’m not on purpose trying to inspire people,… Read More »

Olympics opens the door for women

By | February 19, 2018

Olympic Agenda 2020 was formalized in December 2014, and it was in this document from the International Olympic Committee which detailed 40 recommendations to direct the future of the Olympic Movement. The mission was to protect the uniqueness of the Games and strengthen Olympic values in society. Recommendation #11 was to foster gender equality: 1.… Read More »