Sailmaker's log

Olympic sailing monopolies, part 2

Posted by Mikko Brummer on Thu, Oct 15, 2020@ 01:59 PM

In part 1, we looked at the two different one-design approaches, single manufacturer one-design SMOD and the measurement controlled MCOD. In this part 2 we look at how the opening of single manufacturer classes could be conducted, with benefits to the sailors in mind.


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Olympic sailing monopolies, part 1

Posted by Mikko Brummer on Tue, Sep 29, 2020@ 01:51 PM

Six of the current eight Olympic classes are "single manufacturer one-designs", in practice monopolies of their rightsholders. Only two classes, the Finn and the 470 are measurement controlled one-designs, open for anyone to build and sell, as long as they comply with the rules.


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Finn Gold Cup Medal Race - an inside view

Posted by Jonathan Lobert on Thu, Oct 19, 2017@ 02:10 PM

A peak inside a professional sailor's mind during an important race. The author, Jonathan Lobert, is an olympic medalist, and both European Champion and Silver medalist in World Championships in 2017. 


I write here to share my feelings during the Medal Race of the Finn Gold Cup, which was held in Balaton, Hungary in September 2017. 


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Development work for Rio

Posted by Mikko Brummer on Tue, Aug 09, 2016@ 04:16 PM

For London 2012, WB-Sails made a big research & development effort, mostly centered on Star sails. With the Star out of the Olympics, our R&D focus between 2012-2016 has been much on the Finn, but also on the 470. These two are the only Olympic classes left for which independent sailmakers are still allowed to design sails.

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Olympic sailing is hard work – but worth it

Posted by Mikko Brummer on Mon, Nov 05, 2012@ 09:07 AM

Here at WB-Sails, we live and breathe racing. In fact, the loft was founded after we realized that we need better sails for our own campaigns. Since 1975 a lot has been learned and many things have changed, but the principle of hard work – blood, sweat and tears – remains.

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