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A brief interview with Olivier Cohen from France

A brief interview with Olivier Cohen from France

While I have had no previous contact with Olivier, it is obvious to me that radio sailing has been a big part of his life for some time now. Olivier is a strong international competitor including 3rd at the recent 2014 Euros and he is a past FRA National Champion three times: 2010, 2012, and 2013. You don’t sail at that high level without a long-term commitment in this class. I know he gives back by serving as IOMICA VCEvents and he is a balanced voice on the IOM forums.

A Brief Interview with Julian Laffin from Canada

A Brief Interview with Julian Laffin from Canada

Canada’s Julian Laffin is acknowledged for his radio sailing skill in my Pacific Northwest region, but I’m sure he is otherwise unknown in the world of IOM sailing. Rather than just interview only well-known international skippers, I think it more interesting go for a broader spectrum. A young Canadian from a ferry served (excepting stormy days) rural island of about 1,000 residents is of interest to me. My guess is Julian hails from the least populated place of any Worlds competitor, but he has an edge in being mentored by local sailmaker/artist Graham Herbert. And Julian has finished in front of his teacher lately.

Day two of the Australian Nationals

Day two of the Australian Nationals

Almost a carbon copy of yesterday at Austin Lakes. The wind was light and fluffy for most of the morning, but it did give us a chance to run the RUM RACE. With thanks to Stephen Champion from across the ditch, there was a pretty nice bottle of Mount Gay Rum on offer. Justin McAullay performed a terrific "Stephen Bradbury" and held his position till the very end when the four boats in front of him "fell over" and allowed him to take the bottle. The most important aspect of the Rum Race - we managed to raise another $100 for Movember

Day one of the Australian Nationals

Day one of the Australian Nationals

Fourthy skippers fronted PRO Warren Rock for the first day of the IOM National Championships. This morning the wind from the east, but gradually shifted through the north - a fairly unusual pattern for the summer here in WA. Racing was programmed to commence at 10.30am, but it wasn't until almost noon that the sea breeze filtered in. The Officials called for a very early lunch before any racing even started.

Introducing Harry’s IOM Worlds Ranking

Introducing Harry’s IOM Worlds Ranking

Competition is what the IOM class is all about, and we keep score to determine our winners. We put a lot of effort into keeping score. We have the highly evolved Heat Management System for managing our large fleets with multiple heats and to tally the regatta scores. Clubs have their own scoring systems to tally their annual club champion. Countries have their own scoring systems to establish their annul ranking. Ranking is a big deal for those hoping to attend Worlds because the highest-ranking get their allocations first, and there are limited allocations. It’s a dog-eat-dog system. I know as I’m sitting on a waiting list unlikely to receive my allocation. That’s OK; I will be attending as a participant or as a volunteer. That I will attend Worlds is the important thing to me.

A Brief Interview with Huub and Hanneke Gillissen

A Brief Interview with Huub and Hanneke Gillissen

I became aware of Huub from a thoughtful post he made on the 2011 Worlds website, his first Worlds. Already I had been admiring Hanneke’s excellent radio sailing images. Since then they have traveled to a number of radio sailing World, European, and National Championships in UK, GER, FRA, MLT, ISR, and even down under in AUS. I know this because I read the race results and follow Hanneke’s photo journal on the web – just search “Hanneke Gillissen Pont photos”. And yes, I’m envious of how they travel and sail to so many major regattas so regularly.