The first Adventure Racing World Series Athlete Forum was held after the 2016 World Championship in Australia. Moderated by AR World Series Director Craig Bycroft, a large audience of athletes and media enthusiastically discussed a number of topics suggested by the adventure racing community.
SAILS IN AR. Should teams be permitted to bring sails for kayaking legs in world series races?
Discussion: The forum discussed sails including the enjoyment of a new skill for experienced racers, the additional difficulties of travelling with this equipment, the varying boats provided by race organisers and means of attaching sails, additional expense, the “luck” factor, the additional barrier to new athletes and safety if using kites in group. It also discussed the perception that if sails are permitted then teams must bring them to be competitive regardless whether they may be used in the race or not.
Consensus: Overall the consensus was that if a leg was appropriate for sailing, then…
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