Could Sailing be the New Swimming?

Tom Slingsby (AUS) - London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.
In the olden days Australia's swimmers dominated the Olympic sailing scene, but no more.

In a long on air interview with ABC Brisbane last night, Sail-World was asked ´Could Sailing be the new Swimming?’ Naturally we said yes.( and lots more).


The interview request was as a result of the news yesterday of the boost to sailing funding announced by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

At the 2012 London Olympic Games Australia won just seven Gold medals and as we all know sailing contributed three of those via Tom Slingsby (Laser), Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (49er) and Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (470M).

The ASC estimates that Australia will need to win between 14 and 17 gold medals in Rio to finish in the top five, and 44 to 70 medals overall and its adjusting funding to the Olympic sports with the best records.

London 2012 - Olympic Games . Day 13 Medal race 4.70 Men's - Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page
Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright

After the Australian Sailing team’s strong London 2012 performance Yachting Australia has had its Olympic funding significantly boosted by the ASC.

When the funding was announced for 2013-2014 Sailing has received a massive 16.7% increase of $900,000. If that level is maintained across that quad, that is a massive $3.6 million increase.

Yachting Australian CEO Phil Jones commented yesterday ´We are very gratified to receive the extra funding. The two new classes the Women’s 49er FX and the Nacra 17 both present opportunities for Australia to win further Olympic Gold medals in Rio.’

Full details with details of the funding for all the Olympic sports below.

Schouten Passage and Flying Cloud in the NSW IRC Championships, 2013 Sail Port Stephens day 4 racing. Sail Port Stephens is hosted by Corlette Point Sailing Club.

We are still adding stories and images from Sail Port Stephens. (I reckon by the end of the week, all our gear will be dried out.)

Some of our SPS content this week will be about the sponsors and before you all say oh noooo, remember that none of the major regattas, not one, would happen without sponsors. But the best ones are the ones that are already heavily involved with our sport and today Sail Port Stephens has profiled one of those.

The last Fleet Race at the ACWS in Naples Italy April 21, 2013.

Lots of stories and pix from the AC45 event in Naples and the World Cup in Heyres is in the qualifying stage. (We will have more to say on the re-modified scoring World Cup scoring system tomorrow.)

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team