World Sailing Olympic Single Handed Dinghy Review – Update

World Sailing posted on 3 October their plan for the single handed dinghy equipment review for the Paris Olympics 2024 to be run from Marseille. The post is at http://www.sailing.org/news/87980.php#.W7XzlWgzZEY

It says:

Four boats have been shortlisted to proceed to the equipment-trial phase as part of the re-evaluation process for the Men’s and Women’s One Person Dinghy Equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.

World Sailing received eight compliant bids and following a procedure approved at the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting, the following boats have been shortlisted and will be put forward to World Sailing’s Council at the 2018 Annual Conference (in alphabetical order):

These are all fine boats however it is difficult to see how, particularly with all the focus in World Sailing and the IOC on universality and gender balance, these boats, which are sailed in minuscule numbers compared to the Laser, can possibly be considered a suitable Olympic replacement.

The International Laser Association’s initial response to the World Sailing’s announcement is at http://www.laserinternational.org/blog/2018/10/03/saving-the-sport-of-sailing-in-the-olympics/