Dec 9, 2012, 2:19 AM
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Re: [The Publisher] ISAF, Olympics, and One Design Classes
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much of what David Sprague has written is very close to reality. The thread has drifted a little but is now on course for a very interesting debate in that how is ISAF governed? The current system grew from the ethos that the countries with the most sailors pay the most fees and probably have the biggest national class associations so on the simplistic view that he who pays the piper calls the tune the ISAF system of governance has evolved. And yes, you don't have to hang around the ISAF AGM corridors to realise that most Council members are going to vote how their bosses want, that is human nature, and probably their bosses want the best for their sailors and that can be rationalised into whatever is good for us must be good for the rest.
The trouble with this system is that the little guys don't get much of a look in and some, like the Classes probably don't get a much of a look in at all. Of course, the oversight to this is the General Assembly where the MNA's get one vote per country. This can be a double edged sword and leaves itself wide open for a lobby group to inflict its will, for better of for worse, on the body ISAF. This is what happened in Dublin where the smaller nations, primarily led by the Asian countries, reversed the Council decision. And now that they have a taste for it then it could be repeated to the extent that Council would be redundant. So what to do? A partial solution is to increase the representation on Council to give the little guys more say and voting power. The number of Council members has stayed pretty much stagnant over four presidential terms ( 16 years plus Paul's extra two making it 18). It has been mooted for some time to increase the Council member numbers but the stronger nations are unwilling to give up their power. And, plus, the Olympic classes could be given the vote on Council along with more representation from the athletes.
Probably there are a number of other solutions as well, but will the dominant MNA's like the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and others vote in the interest of Sailing in general? Well I think David Sprague has answered that.
former ISAF Alternate Council member