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World Sailing’s mid-year draws to a close >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

World Sailing, the international governing body for the sport of sailing, organizes two dominant meetings each year, including the mid-year meeting to be held remotely in 2021 from May 10-14. Here is the latest update:


(May 14, 2021) – As the dominant issue on today’s agenda, the World Sailing’s Council has endorsed the Men’s and Women’s Kiteboarding (Formula Kite) and the Men’s and Women’s Tandem Dinghy (470) as the first and second proposals for alternative events to the Mixed Offshore in Paris 2024 following their meeting at the Mid-Year Meeting 2021.

Held today from 09:00-15:00 UTC, the World Sailing’s Council meeting concluded the mid-year meeting, which also saw the Constitution Committee, Equipment Committee and Events Committee meet earlier. during the week.

The Mid-Year Meeting was dominated by alternative event proposals for the Mixed Offshore Event in Paris. In April, the IOC informed World Sailing that it was continuing its evaluation of the mixed offshore event to address the challenges raised, but formally requested World Sailing to come up with alternative events.

World Sailing received 23 submissions, grouped into 15, and throughout the week the committees discussed and voted on the options.

The outcome of the process would be a decision by the Board of two alternative event proposals, ranked in order of preference, by the IOC deadline of May 26, 2021.

The World Sailing’s Council received the recommendation from the Events Committee to select the Men’s and Women’s 470 as the first alternative and the Men’s and Women’s Kiteboarding as the second alternative. After a long debate, the Council voted against the recommendation with 23 against, 15 for and 3 abstentions.

They moved on to the Equipment Committee’s recommendation to select the men’s and women’s kiteboarding as the first alternative and the men’s and women’s 470 as the second alternative.

Men’s and women’s kitesurfing was approved as the first alternative with 33 votes for, 2 against and 6 abstentions. The 470 men and women were approved immediately afterwards as a second alternative with 37 votes for, 1 against and 2 abstentions.

World Sailing will now propose to the IOC that if the mixed offshore event is not approved by the IOC Executive Board, it should consider the men’s and women’s kiteboarding as the first alternative event, then the men’s and women’s 470.

Throughout the session, Board members spoke positively about the mixed offshore event, noting that it remains the preferred and first option, but acknowledged the request made by the IOC.

“The process of selecting alternative events for Paris 2024 was not easy,” noted World Sailing President Quanhai Li. It was heartwarming to see the World Sailing community come together and make some very important decisions for the common good of our sport.

“Decisions have been made and now is the time for the whole sailing community to show unity and solidarity. We remain committed to bringing the Mixed Offshore event to Paris 2024, but will now report to the IOC with our first and second alternative events.

David Graham, Managing Director of World Sailing, noted that the mixed offshore event was democratically selected by World Sailing members and remains the premier event for Paris 2024.

“It was evident throughout the Council session that our members remain committed to this event,” Graham observed. “We have made this clear to the IOC and we will continue to do so. That said, the IOC has asked us to make alternative event proposals and the entire World Sailing community has acted with speed and precision to make this very decision. important to our sport.

“I would like to thank the Committee members and Council members, who are all volunteers, for their hours of tireless support and work on this process. We are grateful to have this experience and expertise within our community.

In addition to the selection of alternative events, the World Sailing Council also voted on the recommendation of the Board of Directors of Judicial Council members and the recommendation of the Equipment Committee to grant association status to world class sailing at RS21.

The World Sailing Board has unanimously approved the Judicial Council appointments as follows:

• Hon. Ruth Miller (Chair)
• Alberto Predieri (vice-president)
• Teacher. QC
• Mark Yeadon
• Dr. Anne Jakob
• Dr. David Sharpes QC SC
• Caro Roberts

In addition, the Council also unanimously approved the RS21 as a sailing world class.

The Council will then meet at the 2021 Annual World Sailing Conference to be held at the end of October in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Watch the meeting:

Source: World Sailing