circle jerk

The “Oceanic Offshore Committee” of World Sailing (chaired by Matt Allen) has put out a “Recommendation” about their troubled Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore Event for the 2024 Olympics. This is transparently a response to the recent IOC declaration of misgivings about the proposed event.
What the World Sailing honchos are now suggesting is that the race take place as a series of laps in an area of just 20×20 miles, close in to the Southern shore of France. Their original proposal was for the race to be run in an area of 24,000 square miles – a real ocean race.
World Sailing are trying to damp down the IOC’s stated misgivings about field of play, security and, crucially, the costs and complexity of TV coverage…

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