38 Sailors from 12 Countries Receive Support To Attend 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games
For the first time, ISAF has used the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games to provide funding to support sailors' participation at ISAF events.
In total 38 sailors from 12 countries have been helped with funding towards specific events costs - entry fee, accommodation and travel. In addition to the funding, ISAF has worked with the Federation Francaise de Voile to provide valuable pre-event and during event coaching.
One of the crews benefiting from this funding is Federico Calabrese and Martin Tieri (ARG) who are competing in the double-handed men's event in the 470 Class. With the Argentinean peso now only worth 4 pesos to 1US$, compared to 1 peso to 1US$ a year ago it is virtually impossible for many Argentinean sailors to travel internationally. Nominated to the programme by the Federacion Argentino de Yachting, without the funding Federico and Martin would not be in Marseille at all.
The duo started sailing the 470 together in 1998, narrowly missing selection for the 2000 Olympic Regatta. Unable to afford the cost of purchasing their own equipment for a full campaign, they normally have to charter equipment, which of course is invariably inferior to the equipment owned by other crews. They are very excited at the opportunity of competing in Marseille on completely equal equipment, with the best sailors, not equipment determining the results. Their aim - to qualify for the 2004 Olympics!
Throughout the duration of the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games, ISAF will be bringing you details of all the sailors on this programme, which has proved invaluable with many of the sailors confirming that without this programme they would not be able to participate.