Djibouti is the latest nation to submit an application to ISAF for Member National Authority status.
The country is in the Horn of Africa and is bordered by Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia and sits by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
Formed 10 November 2009, the Federation Djiboutienne des Voiles et des Sports Nautiqie (FDVSN) is headed by President Abdoulkader Houmed Daoud.
Since FDVSN's formation they have started a programme to engage children from the ages of 10 to 14 in Optimist sailing, windsurfing and kiteboarding. Houmed Daoud said, "Like all Presidents I am committed to the promotion, development and bringing this sport to life throughout the whole nation.
"We hope to promote sailing with the support of the media and the written press. To do this we need the basic equipment and we hope that this will attract the interest of local sponsors and national organisations."
The main focal point of many up and coming MNAs is the youth programmes and President, Houmed Daoud is enjoying the challenge. He said, "My involvement is due to two things. First of all, there is a need to support and maintain the interest of young people by getting them actively involved in sailing.
"And also in response to former directors anxious to find someone with the leadership qualities needed to re-launch sailing in Djibouti.
"There is a challenge involved in reviving and re-launching sailing as a sport. But it must not be forgotten that sailing existed to a high level in the past with the presence of Djibouti at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona."
The FDVSN President has room to be quietly optimistic after Ali Adou Roble competed in the men's windsurfing for Djibouti, placing 39th at Barcelona 1992.
And there are aspirations to compete at future Olympic Games as Houmed Dauod added, "I have many ambitions which include raising the profile of the federation, implementing a talent scouting programme, establishing a high level training programme for young kiteboarders and training young athletes to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games."
About Djibouti's application Houmed Daoud added, "It is vital to be a part of the International Sailing Federation. The Federation Djiboutienne des Voiles et des Sports Nautiqie has its own powers and influence but I believe that nothing durable can come from a national federation without the support of its mother federation."
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