I don't think this Presidents thread has had time to be reviewed and accepted by the Presidents (and normally I would not post something as candid as the following for public review). However the actions taken by our International Committee at the moment directly impact how we as national body leaders manage the class for the next 3 years at least. I'm honestly not sure how close Australia came to not achieveing 6 Nations/3 Continents (and we would have failed had it not been for the combined support of US DC's and a Pol IC). It was a lot of effort, and I am positive that the IC class will lose it's International status without embracing the DC, and confident that our Australian fleet will struggle without the box rule boats to market and promote the IC with (and still support the Nethercotts at National and International level).
Sorry for not pulling punches here, but:
From what I hear through our ICF Sailing Committee Representative, and observe, is that despite the DC by far and away surpassing the rigorous requirements of trial, development, Worlds Trial, and Member approval it would seem that the ICF Sailing Committee is getting hung up on pedantic details.
This is pretty much the same committee who (my source for the information below is from the minutes on the IC website):
Allowed a US and UK worlds to occur without 6 nation 3 Continent Status (as stipulated by the ICF), allowed the AC to procede provided it did not result in a split in the Fleet and then in the next set of minutes approved windward leeward courses for AC's only.
This same committee, which could only muster 1 Member to attend a World Titles where the DC was demonstrated as requested by the ICF Sailing Committee, is now trying to bury itself in redtape and pedantic issues - rather than looking at the future of the class and considering the members (the very sailors our Committee represents Internationally) 78% support of the DC.
The delay in decision is hurting the ICAA, we have delayed our Nationals and I have all but lost 1 member (a key member) due to these ongoing delays.
I understand that you are a conservative Committee (I have sat in on meetings and psuedo been on this committee, but had to stand down and put all my time into achieveing 6 Nations at a Worlds), but what are the risks of actually following the will of the sailors and supporting 78% of the active international IC fleet?
You increase the sizes of fleets at the German Worlds by having IC's (DC and Nethercott on the same course)
You immediately increase the fleets in Australia, UK, NZ, CAN and USA as these nations have accepted and embraced the DC.
You have no impact on the National Fleets of Sweden and Germany as there is nothing that stops them continuing to support/race/build Nethercotts at the highest level - after all they still measure to the proposed rules.
Boat costs can be dramatically cheaper - as quoted by builders
Should you as a committee delay, or continue with 3 fleets (Appendix's 2,3,4) the risks are:
Not achieveing 6 Nation status for Nethercotts in 2011
Losing the confidence and support of National Bodies - after all the DC has achieved all that was required of it
Losing active sailors who made the switch to DC's, just as many AC do not see benefits in travelling to Championships where they have no World status
Having to dig deep and begin a marketing and promotion campaign on the Nethercott - to try and salvage it from the decline in world growth it is steadily seen over the last 10 or so years (from reading National Reports)
So, how would you like to be remembered in this chapter of the IC's history - a history of continueing development from 1885 to 1971, then restricted development throught the 80's and slow class decline in the new century? Are you the Committee who will champion and manage the healing of the IC class or the Committee who will see the end of International Competiton?
As I see it, the Committee needs to let us know where it stands as to what path it will recommend to the ICF, so that we as representatives of our countries can consider the impact and possible ways ahead prior the ICF deadline.