Discrimination, Pool Covers and Musto’s Return

In Sailing News this week…

The question of discrimination has arisen over in Australia’s Sailing community, as a Daughter-Father team have been disqualified from the Men’s Skiff class at the Sailing World Cup. There wasn’t a typo back there and we’re not making this up. We have this interesting piece of odd news in, thanks to sailingscuttlebutt.com.

Mr. Paul Coady has been banned from the sport for a year after committing ‘gross misconduct, gross breach of the rules, exhibiting bad manners, poor sportsmanship and bringing the sport into disrepute’. Quite the litany of felonies, in a sport which values good sportsmanship so highly. So, just how did Mr. Coady incite the wrath of the ISAF to such an extent and is there a question of discrimination that needs to be answered here?

When Mr. Coady signed himself and his daughter up for the ‘men’s 49ers class’, he did so with the knowledge that the points gained from this competition would count towards Olympic selection. Although Olympic selection was probably not his ambition, it does impose the Olympic rules upon the competition as a whole. Olympic sailing, unlike many other ISAF sanctioned events, does not include mixed teams, therefore all teams in this competition would need to be of a single gender.

Both Mr. and Ms. Coady took offence to being told that they ‘were in violation of the Olympic gender requirements’ and were even more mollified by their subsequent disqualification from the competition. The matter has been taken to court, it remains to be seen what the outcome will be…

In other news…

The largest swimming pool in the world opened to the public a couple of years ago and now people are sailing on it. The swimming pool, if it can even be called that, can hold a whopping 66 million gallons of water. However, it’s more akin to a man-made lake than anything else.

Investment for the 1000-ft plus pool exceeded $2 million and now the giant tank is home to all manner of water sports, including sailing. If you’re thinking of checking out this mammoth construction then you’ll have to hop on a flight over to Chile; the pool spans the length of the San Alfonso del Mar resort, just south of Valparaiso.

Construction workers were no doubt rubbing their hands together at the potential cost of covering the 20-acre with Paramount Pools Swimming Pool Covers, however their services weren’t needed here. The water remains open to the elements 24-hours a day, thanks to a cunning filtration system that takes a calculated amount of water from the sea, keeping the pool constantly clean and supplied with fresh seawater all year round.

And finally…

How old is too old to compete in this Olympic Games?

Is there a point when we have to throw the matter of age discrimination out of the window and consider the reality that there are some activities that the younger person will simply be better at? Well, Keith Musto, Silver Medal winner from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, apparently doesn’t think so. The business man of 81 years old is making his return to Olympic racing and taking the battle to his fellow British Athletes.

Now, it’s probably not wise to consider how entrenched a man like Musto is in Great Britain’s sporting establishments. His own brand, an international outdoor clothing company, is well established and has served as the sponsor for Team GB teams over the years, he even received the OBE in 2014 for his contributions to the British economy. Is it possible then, that this is simply a PR gig for him?

The promo video over at yachtsandyachting.com begs to differ…

Although it definitely feels like the boys from Team GB are trying to contain smiles, the fact that they took the time to film this short promo surely means something. At the very least, it looks like we’ll be seeing Keith Musto back on the water competing with the best of them very soon…