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Equipment selection for Paris 2024: World Sailing

Three events and equipment have been confirmed for the Paris 2024 Olympic sailing competition with equipment decisions to be made for the remaining seven events.

At the 2018 World Sailing Annual Conference, the following events were approved:

Men’s Windsurf – RS:X*
Women’s Windsurf – RS:X*
Men’s single-seater dinghy – TBC
Women’s single-seater dinghy – TBC
Mixed kite board – TBC
Mixed annex for two people – TBC
Women’s Skiff – 49erFX
Men’s Sculls – 49er
Mixed Tandem Multihull – Nacra 17
Keelboat Mixed Two Persons Offshore – TBC

*subject to continuous reassessment of equipment

Both men’s and women’s windsurfers went through the re-evaluation process. The authority for the reassessment procedure is the World Sailing Board of Directors who will make the final recommendations to the World Sailing Board.

The second process is the selection of new equipment. For new events and for those where the result of a previous reassessment is to select equipment, the World Sailing Equipment Committee will make a recommendation to the Board.

Events subject to this process include the mixed two-seater dinghy, the mixed kiteboard, the mixed two-person offshore keelboat and the men’s and women’s single-seater dinghy following its re-evaluation.

For all events except the Mixed Two-Person Offshore Keelboat, the reports and recommendations of the Appointed Evaluation Panels to the Equipment Committee will be considered at the World Sailing mid-year meeting in May.

A verbal report will be given on the mixed two-person offshore keelboat and Board Submission M01-19 proposes a new way forward to the Board with the selection process for this equipment.

Windsurfing for men and women – Revaluation

The World Sailing Board of Directors considers that the RS:X, the equipment offered by Neil Pryde, meets the equipment criteria taken into account by the World Sailing’s Council. As part of the reassessment process, the Board considered relevant information and Neil Pryde’s commitment to allow other manufacturers to enter the market under the terms of the Olympic Equipment Policy of World Sailing included in updated Olympic Class contract.

Accordingly, the Bureau will recommend to the World Sailing’s Council to retain the RS:X, subject to the Olympic class contract, as both men’s and women’s windsurfers at Paris 2024.

Click here for the Bureau’s recommendation to Council.

Men’s and women’s single-seater sailing dinghy – Reassessment / Equipment selection

World Sailing launched a tender in May 2018 which invited class associations and builders to bid for the men’s and women’s single-seater dinghy.

Eight bids were received and a working group appointed by the board of directors recommended selecting equipment from among the Laser, D-Zero, Melges 14 and RS Aero.

The recommendation was approved by the Board following the re-evaluation and the rest of the process moved to the equipment selection process outlined in Rule 23.1.3(e).

All four boats were put through their paces during the five days of sea trials. Each boat was evaluated against the tender criteria and the evaluation committee looked at several areas to determine the suitability for the event.

Click here for more information on sea trials.

The appointed Evaluation Committee has drafted a report and recommendation which will be forwarded to the Equipment Committee at the mid-year meeting before making a recommendation to the World Sailing’s Council.

Click here for the evaluation committee report.

Mixed Offshore keelboat for two people – Selection of equipment

The World Sailing Board of Directors presented Submission M01-19 for the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting which proposes a new way forward with the equipment selection procedure for the two-person Mixed Offshore Keelboat.

The submission proposes that the World Sailing’s Council select a list of different gear that it considers meets the key criteria for the event by December 31, 2019, and then make a decision on the gear, selecting from the list at no later than December 31, 2023.

MNAs, Classes and Manufacturers will be invited to submit Equipment for the list. A working group comprised of members of the Equipment Committee, Offshore Committee and Events Committee will assess the equipment against the key criteria and present the recommended list for Board approval in November 2019.

The roster will provide event organizers, MPs and sailors with various opportunities to train and compete with tested equipment that is readily available and affordable on their continent. Postponing the decision on the equipment that will be provided during the Paris 2024 Olympic sailing competition will also promote fair opportunities for all MPs.

Click here to see the submission.

The submission will be discussed and debated at the mid-year meeting before the World Sailing Board decides on the next steps.

Two-Person Mixed Dinghy – Equipment Selection

World Sailing invited class associations and equipment manufacturers to bid for the mixed dinghy in February 2019.

Tenders had to be evaluated against World Sailing policies and approved equipment
Criteria around the following areas: equipment criteria and technical considerations, event considerations, cost, durability and sustainability considerations, and market considerations.

Further information is available here –

World Sailing has received offers from the Melges 15, a concept from Melges Boat Works and the 470 Class Association.

Melges Boat Works withdrew its bid, leaving the Class 470 the sole bidder.

After finding the 470 class tender meets all the requirements, the evaluation committee will recommend to the equipment committee that the 470 be selected as mixed two-person dinghy equipment subject to the association of class accepts updates to the Olympic Classes contract for 2024.

Click here for the Two-Person Mixed Dinghy Evaluation Committee Report.

Mixed Kitesurf Board – Equipment Selection

Class associations and equipment manufacturers were invited to bid in February 2019 with equipment evaluation driven by the equipment criteria approved at the 2018 annual conference.

Further information is available here –

Tenders were received by the International Kiteboarding Association (tender with IKA equipment – Formula Kite Class), Fly 4 all (Tarooa) and Ozone Kites.

Fly 4 all withdrew their offer and the evaluation committee considered the IKA Formula Kite Class and Ozone Kites offers in their evaluation.

After phase 1 of the process, the evaluation committee shortlisted the IKA-Formula Kite class to further evaluate their bid. World Sailing will visit the IKA-Formula Kite Class World Championship to gather further information.

Click here for the Evaluation Committee report prepared for the Equipment Committee at the mid-year meeting.

The World Sailing Mid-Year Meeting will take place at Chelsea Football Club in London, UK from May 17-19, 2019.