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by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The 2022 World Sailing Annual Conference holds eight days of meetings from October 22-29 for delegates to review and discuss federation strategy and make key decisions that influence the future of the sport and its participants.

Delegates include sailors, event organisers, Member National Authorities (MNAs), committee members, class associations, boat builders and representatives of World Sailing partners.

I attended the 2018 and 2019 conferences which were held in Florida and Bermuda respectively, and found them to be very informative. What I got out of the topics and participants was worth it, but I also felt some nervousness about the future (and I wrote about it).

Attendance can be expensive, and with the 2020 conference to be held in Abu Dhabi, the fear has intensified. But then the pandemic hit, moving the events of 2020 and 2021 to a virtual platform. However, this year she returned to an in-person conference and returned to her rescheduled venue in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Decisions taken at meetings have an impact on all levels of sport, from elite competition to grassroots football. Prior to the conference, World Sailing received 61 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.

It is not surprising that I understand that attendance is low and that many committee and board members are absent. The recognized value of bringing the international community together is diminished by the price of participants. The impact of the 2022 attendance on governance remains to be seen, but if only wealthy delegates can attend, it’s probably not good for the sport as a whole.

The decision-making structure calls for a meeting of the World Sailing Council on October 28 and 29 to approve, reject or defer committee recommendations and proposals with proposals ratified at the October 29 Annual General Meeting.

“World Sailing’s annual conference is always a great opportunity for our community to come together, share ideas, debate and make decisions about the opportunities and challenges facing our sport,” said David Graham, CEO of World Sailing. But if the possibility of participating has obstacles, then what?

For more information on the conference, click here.

The open sessions of the annual conference will be streamed live on the World Sailing YouTube channel.