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Bermuda set to host 2019 World Sailing Annual Conference

Bermuda set to host 2019 World Sailing Annual Conference

by Daniel Smith, World Sailing October 25, 2019 05:59 UTC
October 26 – November 3, 2019

Bermuda set to host World Sailing’s 2019 annual conference © World Sailing

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From October 26 to November 3, Bermuda will host 418 delegates from 68 nations for the 2019 World Sailing Annual Conference.

The conference is the sport’s global governing body’s annual meeting point where delegates review and discuss World Sailing’s strategy. Key decisions that influence the future of the sport and impact professional and recreational sailors will be made throughout the week.

Delegates attending the 2019 Annual Conference include sailors with experience in multiple disciplines of the sport, event organisers, Member National Authorities (NAMs), class associations, boat builders and committee members.

Decisions taken impact the top of the sport down to grassroots football and four commissions, ten sub-committees and ten committees will discuss a host of topics throughout the week.

Prior to the conference, World Sailing received 189 submissions proposing changes to World Sailing regulations, policies and rules. Committees, MPs, class associations and the board of directors were all eligible to submit the submissions in advance.

The expert committees will discuss the submissions and submit their recommendations and opinions to the World Sailing Council – the main decision-making body of World Sailing.

Submissions, agendas, supporting documents and more information about the conference are available here.

From November 1-2, the World Sailing Board will meet to approve, reject or defer recommendations and proposals from the Committees and these will be ratified at the Annual General Meeting on November 3.

Key talking points from the 2019 Annual Conference include a proposed World Sailing governance reform, Windsurfer Paris 2024 equipment selection, release of a new Para World Sailing Strategy, 2021 Events Strategy – 2028 and many forums and events.

Further information is available below:

Proposal for reform of the governance of World Sailing

The proposal, “Refreshing the Foundations for Our Future” was released in May 2019. Since then, the World Sailing Board and Governance Commission have received extensive feedback through an online survey, correspondence and discussions. .

In response to feedback, several changes were made and a revised proposal was posted on September 20 and can be downloaded here.

Governance reform will be a major topic of discussion at the 2019 Annual Conference and World Sailing Member National Authorities will vote on the revised proposal at the Annual General Meeting on November 3, 2019.

Windsurf Equipment Men and Women Paris 2024

From September 29 to October 3, World Sailing organized sea trials to test the five men’s and women’s windsurfing equipment for Paris 2024.

World Sailing received seven applications from class associations and builders wishing to take part in the sea trials and the Paris 2024 Windsurfing Evaluation Working Group shortlisted the RS:X, Glide, iFoil, Formula Foil and Windfoil 1. All equipment has been analyzed against the criteria outlined in the RFP prior to prequalification.

Following the sea trials, the Paris 2024 Windsurfer Evaluation Working Group has released a full report – available here – to give a comprehensive overview of the process. Their recommendation to the World Sailing Equipment Committee was to select the Starboard iFoil as equipment for Paris 2024.

The Equipment Committee will review the recommendation at the annual conference in Bermuda and then make its own recommendation to the World Sailing’s Council who will make a decision on which equipment to adopt.


Two open forums will spark debates and conversations in Bermuda and these will be broadcast on the World Sailing YouTube channel.

On Monday, October 28, Forum 1, Sail Insight Powered by SAP: Self-Service Application for the Global Sailing Community, followed by – Gender Balance: A Case for Change, will take place.

Delegates and subscribers will get an exclusive preview of the Sail Insight application powered by SAP which will bring the power of SAP technology to sailors, trainers and race organizers, providing affordable access to real-time tracking, live leaderboards and data analysis after the race.

The forum will then turn to gender diversity, where an in-depth analysis of the findings of the World Sailing Trust’s global strategic review of women in sailing will be presented. With leading specialists in the fields of events, training and equipment, the trends and findings of the study will be presented, followed by a discussion around the case for change.

Forum 2, Sustainability – but what, how, when?, will be held from 09:00 to 11:00 on Tuesday 29 October. MPs and manufacturers embracing sustainability will present case studies, delegates will get a first look at new educational resources developed with The Ocean Race and challenges will be discussed as well as different approaches to securing funding for sustainability programs .

World Sailing Awards

The World Sailing Awards will be held on Tuesday October 29 at the Southampton Fairmont Hotel. The ceremony celebrates outstanding achievements and outstanding contributions to the sport.

The Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards – the ultimate recognition of excellence – will be the highlight of the evening with three women and five men nominated on the shortlist. Learn more about the nominees and how to vote here.

In addition to the Rolex World Sailor of the Year, the evening will see the presentation of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, Hempel Team of the Year, Goslings Boat of the Year, Beppe Croce Trophy, President’s Development Award and eSailing World Championship Trophy.

eSailing World Championship Final

The top eight eSailors will compete to be crowned the 2019 eSailing World Champion in the Championship Finals on Tuesday, October 29. The second edition of the eSailing World Championship follows a long series that began in January. Held from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. local time on October 29, the final will be streamed live on World Sailing’s YouTube and Facebook.

The top eight finalists will take part in six preliminary races, in different boats and locations. A seventh race will take place in the live show, hosted in the Olympic skiff, the 49er, where San Francisco will be the virtual host.

Following this, the top six competitors will qualify for the double points final which will be held on F50 boats in Sydney. Whoever emerges victorious from the series will be crowned Champion 2019.

Along with the honor of becoming the second eSailing World Champion, the winner will receive a check for US$10,000, provided by Virtual Regatta.

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