Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
20 Dec 14
Australia's premier ocean race has always had an international flavour; Captain Illingworth, who started the whole Sydney Hobart thing was, after all, an Englishman.
Jim Gale, RSHYR media
The International Sailing Federation is officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the governing authority for sailing world-wide. As such, ISAF is responsible for promotion of the sport internationally, managing sailing at the Olympic Games, developing the International Racing Rules and Regulations for all sailing competitions and the training of judges, umpires and other administrators, the development of the sport around the world, as well as representing sailors in all matters concerning the sport. The name change to the International Sailing Federation in 1996 came with the change to the name of the sport on the Olympic programme from Yachting to Sailing.
In order to promote the development of the sport the ISAF has established several events - including, but not limited to the ISAF Sailing World Championships and ISAF Sailing World Cup (for Olympic equipment), ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, ISAF title="Link to Team Racing ">Team Racing World Championship, ISAF title="Link to Match Racing ">Match Racing World Championship, ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, ISAF Nations Cup, as well as endorsing and grading the top international match racing and Olympic Class regattas, the results of which go towards sailors' title="Link to world rankings">world rankings, which are administered by ISAF.
ISAF currently consists of title="Link to 121 member nations ">139 member nations who are its principle members, and responsible for the decision making process that governs the sailing world.
There are currently over 100 title="Link to ISAF International, Recognized and Classic Yacht Classes">ISAF International, Recognized and Classic Yacht Classes, ranging from the small Optimist Dinghy up to the largest, the 60ft Monohulls.
ISAF, from its outset, has worked towards a primary goal to ensure that as many people as possible go sailing.
In 2007 ISAF celebrated it's Centenary year by celebrating sailing. The ISAF members, sailing clubs, regatta organizers, sailors and fans were encouraged to organize activities to mark the Centenary with the 'Sail the World weekend' dedicated to getting as many people out on the water world-wide as possible. ISAF also launched the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame in 2007 to acknowledge some of the sports greatest achievers.
|President||Carlo Croce (ITA)|
|Presidents of Honour||His Majesty King Harald V of Norway|
|His Majesty King Constantine|
|Vice-Presidents||George Andreadis (GRE)|
|Chris Atkins (GBR)|
|Adrienne Greenwood (NZL)|
|Nazli Imre (TUR)|
|Gary Jobson (USA)|
|Quanhai Li (CHN)|
|W. Scott Perry (URU)|
|Presidents of Honour|
|1958-1991||His Majesty King Olav of Norway|
|1994-||His Majesty King Harold V of Norway|
|1994-||His Majesty King Constantine|
|From 1906 to 1946 a chairman was elected from time to time rather than a President. The first President was elected in 1946.|
|1946 - 1955||Ralph G Gore (GBR)|
|1955 - 1969||Peter Scott (GBR)|
|1969 - 1986||Beppe Croce (ITA)|
|1986 - 1994||Peter Tallberg (FIN)|
|1994 - 2004||Göran Petersson (SWE)|
|2012 -||Carlo Croce (ITA)|