Statement from Ian Folkson
Naviga Group Leader FSRV
This Statment is regarding the mess that has been made of a FSR V H&O championships for 2014
During Dessau in 2012 the section had an offer from Dessau to hold it again but I was told by Nauticus at the time they were not interested to hold it again. No other county came foreward with a venue for a mixed championship but we had interest from countries to hold the FSRV only. (Remember Dessau came in at the last minute to help out Naviga with combined championships)
I asked Peter Schaft many times after Hungary 2010 if we could ask for countries to hold a split championship as no one offered to do one for all classes. I was told no on more than one occasion.
During the summer 2013, already late to announce where the next championships should be held, Peter asked Slovenia if they could help hold the championships. Although the club was not really interested, as they had stated from the begining of 2013, they tried to put a championships together. Unfortunatley it took a long time to get the answers from potential sponsors and in the end they had to say they could not do it.
At that point I was contacted by KMBC Spaarnwoude club, in the Netherlands, with an offer to hold the FSRV championship only in 2014. I helped them with the details they needed and they made contact with Peter Schaft who told them to get the official papers and present them to Naviga at the general meeting in November.
At the meeting an offer from the UK and Dessau in Germany were discussed both saying they would try to run a championships in 2014. I believe the offer from the Netherlands was not presented to Naviga or discussed and Naviga gave the UK 3 weeks to see what they could do. The UK could not obtain a suitable lake for a reasonable cost and asked Dessau if they could do the championships.
Dessau needed the permision of the German federation Nauticus to hold the championships but at a meeting in January Nauticus said the papers were not correct and could not approve it. So here we are again without anything in 2014.
In the last two weeks th e Netherlands kindly offered, at this late date, to hold FSRV world championships in 2014 and I helped again with the proposal. I also made a few enquiries about a possibility to organise a FSR H & O championships for 2015 somewhere else.
I had contacted the President of Naviga Dieter Matysik trying to make a case for holding a split championship. I said that if Naviga failed to do something it would leave the door open for another federation to form and so splitting the FSR world as we know.
The president was eventually convinced and thought the idea of split championships could be the answer, to save Naviga from even bigger problems. He would try to get the other members of the presidium on his side to approve it. But after two weeks and many phone calls I got the answer. We could not hold an FSR-V championship, because Peter Schaft would not agree to a split . The reason given is that the rules say that championships must include all classes!!
So there we are. I am sorry this is so long, but I wanted to put on the record what has happened, as for so long Naviga has provided everyone with so little information.
In my opinion, the President of Naviga should have overuled Peter Schaft, who is FSR leader and vice president of Naviga and got at least part of the championships this year. As there is nothing in 2014 and they have not anounced what they intend to do for any other year they have left themselves open to other federations starting and diluting our sport.
I would like the opinions of all memeber countries of naviga on what they feel should be done now and if I was not correct in what I tried to do let me know.
Please circulate this to every one you know in the FSR world so we can get feedback on what should be done now.