Oct 28, 2008, 11:08 AM
DSQ's at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez
Background information: Dan Meyers had chartered his Judel/Vrolijk 66 Numbers to Ernesto Bertarelli for Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, held September 27-October 4, 2008 in Saint-Tropez, France. -- http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/08/1003a
From Dan Meyers, Newport, RI:
Thanks to the French Sailing Federation for a perfect example of what is wrong with Grand Prix sailing. After race three of the Voiles de St Tropez, the Federation disqualified 19 boats for having any type of sponsorship despite obviously ineffective notification. If there was appropriate warning how could 19 boats miss it? NUMBERS won all 4 races in a 41 boat class but with the DSQ, finished 6th overall. At the hearing the first question from the jury chairman to our representative was, "Are you American?" No, he was from New Zealand. The second question was "Do you know Ernesto Bertarelli?" "Yes, he is driving the boat." Then, "You are disqualified.”
How can ISAF let this happen? Does the Federation know how much time, effort, and money it takes to bring 19 boats and crews totaling over 400 people to St. Tropez? The French didn't mind charging millions to house, transport, and feed them. But they hate sponsorship. Oh, hold on now, they LOVE sponsorship for themselves, promoting Rolex, Wally, Cegedim, Les Echos Serie limitee, Gaastra, Sillinger, Paris Premiere, Port de Saint Tropez, CCI, Regions Provenxe-Alpes-Cote d' Azur, St Tropez tourisme and Ville de St Tropez. They just hypocritically don't like sponsorship for the boats. No wonder the sport is shrinking.
We will not return where we are treated so poorly. Adieu St Tropez. Too bad French federation officials have short memories about Americans. If it wasn't for General George Patton and the American Third Army, they might know the best places to get weiner schnitzel in their beloved St. Tropez.