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The World Sailing’s Council shapes the sport >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Hamilton, Bermuda (November 2, 2019) – The World Sailing’s Council concluded its two-day meeting today at the 2019 Annual Conference by making its final decisions ahead of tomorrow’s Annual General Meeting.

A number of submissions, proposing changes to the World Sailing regulations, were approved throughout the two-day meeting (November 1-2). To learn more about the first day, click here.

Decisions were made today regarding the inclusion of kitesurfing and mixed sailing in the Youth Sailing World Championships, rule changes to support the 2021-2028 event strategy and two new Para World Championships.

Amendments to the World Sailing Regulations will now be submitted to the Annual General Meeting for approval tomorrow.

Olympic Sailing Competition Paris 2024
The World Sailing’s Council has confirmed the list of events and equipment for the 2024 Paris Olympic Sailing Competition.

The Board considered whether to change the events and equipment for Paris 2024, but no one supported the proposal which was therefore deemed rejected under World Sailing rules. The Board moved on to the Equipment Committee’s recommendation to select the iFoil as men’s and women’s windsurfing equipment for Paris 2024.

The Board approved the iFoil selection after 31 members voted in favor with eight against and two abstentions. This decision will now go to the World Sailing Annual General Meeting which will ratify the decision.

The list of Events and Equipment for Paris 2024, to be ratified during the General Assembly:

Men’s Windsurfing – iFoil
Women’s Windsurfing -iFoil
Men’s single-seater dinghy – Laser
Women’s single-seater sailing dinghy – Laser Radial
Skiff for women – 49erFX
Men’s Sculls – 49er
Mixed kite – Formula Kite
Mixed annex for two people – 470
Mixed Tandem Multihull – Nacra 17
Mixed offshore keelboat for two people – TBC*

*Equipment criteria suitable for Mixed Offshore Qualification events will be published no later than December 31, 2020. At the same time, a set of additional criteria will be published for Paris 2024 Olympic Games equipment. The recommendation also specified that Equipment for Paris 2024 would be selected no later than December 31, 2023.

2021-2028 World Sailing Events Strategy
World Sailing’s Event Strategy for 2021 – 2028 was approved at the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting in London, UK. With the Olympic venues determined for Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028, the aim of the strategy is to focus on the requirements of all sailors, add value for all stakeholders and promote the best sailors in the world. .

The events strategy has three objectives:

• Promote the progression of sailors with a clear regatta structure
• Ensure a stable regatta schedule with a credible ranking system
• Ensure that Olympic level sailing is promoted to a wider audience to drive participation

Before the conference, the chairman of the events committee presented three proposals concerning the World Cup final, the calendar of events and the world ranking of sailing.

The World Sailing’s Council unanimously supported submissions 077-19, 078-19 and 079-19.

Thanks to this support, an annual World Cup Final has been added to the regulations and will be a state-of-the-art Olympic-class annual regatta for MPs and sailors. A calendar working group will be created to plan key Olympic-class events to ensure there are no event conflicts. Finally, a Rankings Working Group will ensure the evolution of the World Rankings in line with the strategy.

Kitesurfing will be included in the Youth Sailing World Championships
The World Sailing Council has unanimously backed the inclusion of a one-person mixed kitesurfing event in the Youth Sailing World Championships at some point from 2021. This will align the Youth Worlds on the Paris 2024 Olympic sailing events and will strengthen the path of kitesurfing towards the Olympic Games.

Additionally, the Board changed the Boy’s Two Person Dinghy event at Youth Worlds to Boy’s/Mixed Two Person Dinghy, sailed on the 420. The inclusion of a mixed 420 at Youth Worlds also aligns on the 2024 Paris Olympics where a mixed 470 is on the slate.

The Match Race Youth rankings will be revealed
In 2014, World Sailing hosted the first World Youth Match Racing Championship and since then youth match racing has grown around the world.

To further develop Youth Match Racing, the World Sailing Council unanimously supported the inclusion of a Youth Match Racing Ranking, for skippers under the age of 23 on 31 December of the year. year in which the event takes place, to give a platform to recognize and promote young athletes. .

The aim is to extend the quality of youth match racing events around the world by better defining the ranking of sailors, identifying sailors to invite to events and encouraging participation.

World Intellectual Disability Championships added to World Sailing’s portfolio of events
In May, World Sailing partnered with Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport. Signing a memorandum of understanding would see the organizations work together to develop and implement sailing strategies and programs for people with developmental disabilities.

The World Sailing’s Council has unanimously supported increasing the Para Sailing World Championships, when held, to up to six disciplines per year. Among these six world championships, World Sailing can now choose between a world championship for people with intellectual disabilities (one person and two people) and a world championship for the hearing impaired, which will develop sailing for people with a intellectual disability around the world.

In addition, all Para World Sailing disciplines may also be granted the right to hold additional Junior World Championships as well as World Championships based on disability type or Para classification.

other business
The Council also approved the quota for The Hague 2022 World Sailing Championships where 1,220 athletes will sail in 830 boats. The men’s and women’s single-seater dinghy fleets will be the largest with 120 boats respectively. The next largest will be Men’s and Women’s Windsurfing with 100, followed by the Mixed Two-Person Dinghy, Men’s Single Scull, Women’s Single Scull, Mixed Multihull and Mixed Kiteboard at 70. The smallest fleet will be the Mixed Keelboat offshore with 40 boats.

The World Sailing’s Council has also granted the IFCA (International Funboard Class Association) youth class World Sailing Class Association status.

The Annual General Meeting will begin tomorrow at 09:30 local time and a live stream with full audio and the main screen will be available here –

Here is today’s video feed of the Council at the 2019 World Sailing Annual Conference in Bermuda:

Details of the World Sailing Annual Conference… click here.

The 2019 World Sailing Annual Conference (October 26-November 3) started with the first phase of committee meetings, but when it ended on October 31, the focus shifted to the World Sailing Council to review the findings of these committees.

The Council leads the decision-making process, with the group consisting of the World Sailing Board of Directors and 28 appointed members (representing regional groups of sailing nations), the Chairman of the Oceanic and Offshore Committee, a representative of the Sailing World Classes Committee, one women’s representative, one athletes’ representative and three non-voting members (Treasurer and two Honorary Officers).

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

All Member National Authorities of World Sailing may be represented by a delegate at the AGM. The delegate must be a national or resident of the country he represents, thus giving an international voice to the decisions taken.