Multihull back for 2016 Olympic Games

The much-criticised decision by the International Sailing Federation to cut the multihull class out of the Olympic Games in 2012 has been reversed for 2016 at the annual general meeting in Athens .

But it could be at the expense of a competition in which Britain ’s Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson hope to defend successfully the gold medal they won in China , the two-man Star keelboat.



The Stars will not go down without a fight and the recommendations of the equipment committee have still to be ratified by the ISAF council. Other recommendations include possibly introducing a kiteboard instead of a windsurfer and making the 470 dingy a mixed class as the women’s division in that boat moves into a high performance dinghy to match the men’s 49er.



But the committee wants to retain the keelboat class for women and has retained two singlehanders for men, the heavyweight Finn and the lighter Laser.



The final package for the 10 sailing events scheduled for Rio in 2016 will not be finally ratified until the mid-year meeting in 2011.



Past the halfway point of the Route du Rhum race from St. Malo to Guadeloupe , Pete Goss lies 15 th in his 44-strong Class 40 fleet on DMS with Richard Tolkien 30th on ICAP Orca.



The Olympic high performance dinghy, the 49er, will race alongside Extreme 40 catamarans in the Extreme Sailing Series in 2011 in a deal announced by ThirdPole, the group which joined forces with the Isle of Wight-based Offshore Challenges in October. The first Extreme 40 regatta in 2011 is expected to be in Oman in February.



But the Sultanate, which sponsors two extreme 40s and the 105-foot triamaran damged in the Route du Rhum, yesterday banned competitors in the Dubai to Muscat Race from sailing through Omani waters.



All non-commercial flights were also banned from Omani airspace as the Sultanate gears up for extensive 40 th anniversary celebrations for the present Sultanate. The Dubai race, which starts on Saturday, will now finish in Ras al Khaimah, briefly a candidate to stage the America ’s Cup until the then holder, Ernesto Bertarelli, saw his plan thrown out in the New York Supreme Court at the insistence of the current holder, Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones