29erXX or 470?

We speak to Carolijn Brouwer about the decisions being made by ISAF Council this weekend
This week the Equipment and Women’s Committee both voted for the 29erXX over the 470 as their preferred choice for the Women’s Two Person Dinghy at the 2012 Games. The Council have yet to make a final decision (this weekend), but the 29er certainly goes into their discussions as a strong candidate. Carolijn Brouwer sits on the Women’s Committee and while she is best known for being the only woman to compete in the Tornado in Qingdao this year, has also previously done an Olympic campaign in the 470. She was also one of the Athletes to try out all the potential skiffs (including the 29erXX) at the Hyeres Trials last year (see our report here). Brouwer reveals that for the women, the vote was incredibly close, with a nine to eight vote split in favour of the 29erXX. The Equipment Committee, however, was much more definite in their decision making and the vote went to the skiff 11 votes to two. Brouwer herself voted in favour of the 29erXX and is happy to explain her reasons for doing so: “I really enjoy sailing the 470 and competed in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney,” she comments. “But the situation that we were in yesterday was giving us a chance to move forward with our sport.” Although she did vote for the 29erXX, Brouwer does still have a few reservations about the skiff being put into the Games in place of the 470. “I do not really think this is the right moment for it. The right time frame, I think, was last year.” Many people were expecting the ISAF to select a Women’s Two Person High Performance Dinghy Event over Women’s Match Racing. Clearly Brouwer believes the wrong decision was made then and is still keen to see a skiff