Yesterday, Friday 17 November 2001, saw the first day of the ISAF Council's (final decision making body of ISAF) deliberations on the various submissions and Committee recommendations thereon. The Council meeting will continue today.
The ISAF Committees have held their meetings from Saturday 10 through to Wednesday 14 November 2001, and debated the one hundred and twenty-six submissions received alongside numerous other issues relevant to their specific terms of reference.
Many of the "hot" issues were discussed yesterday, and there follows a brief overview, with a further report to be made available today, Saturday 17 November 2001.
Following the initial agreement last year, ISAF and the ORC presented their joint proposal to the ISAF Council for the future relationship.
The future structure of the ISAF Offshore Committee has been agreed, and a working party chaired by ISAF Vice-President David Kellett charged to implement the objectives of the 2000 ISAF/ORC agreement and ensure the future structure progresses to plan.
Essentially, the agreement means that the existing ORC Management Sub-Committee will only manage IMS and ORC Club Rule matters independent from the ISAF Committee structure. The David Kellett working party, amongst other matters, will recommend the criteria for approving international and recognised handicap systems (as at the current time the IMS is the only international rule) which will fall within the remit of the new ISAF Offshore Committee.
Following last year's agreement, membership of the ISAF Offshore Committee which was drawn from nominations by Member National Authorities, was confirmed as follows, under the continued chairmanship of Hans Zuiderbaan (NED):
George ANDREADIS (GRE) - Executive Committee & Hellenic Yachting Federation
Kjell BORKING (SWE) - Swedish Sailing Federation
Paddy BOYD (IRL) - Irish Sailing Association
John CLUISTRA (RSA) - South African Sailing
Bernard D'ALESSANDRI (MON) - Yacht Club de Monaco
Ecky von der MOSEL (GER) - Deutscher Segler Verband
Estanislao DURAN (ESP) - Royal Spanish Sailing Federation
Bruno FINZI (ITA) - Federazione Italiana Vela
Jose Alberto FRERS (ARG) - Argentine Yachting Federation
Arne HUBREGTSE (NED) - Koninklijk Nederlands Watersport Verbond
David KELLETT (AUS) - Executive Committee
Paul KING (GBR) - Royal Yachting Association
Pasquale LANDOLFI (ITA) - Federazione Italiana Vela
Patrick LINDQVIST (FIN) - Finnish Yachting Association
David LYONS (AUS) - Australian Yachting Federation
Jean Bertrand MOTHES MASSE (FRA) - Federation Francaise de Voile
James P. MULDOON (USA) - US Sailing
John OSMOND (USA) - US Sailing
Abraham ROSEMBERG (BRA) - Brazilian Sailing Federation
Peter RUTTER (GBR) - Royal Yachting Association
Wolfgang SCHAEFER (GER) - Deutscher Segler Verband
Peter TAYLOR (NZL) - Yachting New Zealand
John Bridges TINKER (CAN) - Canadian Yachting Association
Antonio TIO (ESP) - Royal Spanish Sailing Federation
Minoru TOMITA (JPN) - Japan Sailing Federation
Lazaros TSALIKIS (GRE) - Hellenic Yachting Federation
Hans ZUIDERBAAN (NED) - Koninklijk Nederland Watersport Verbond
Yngling Weight Limit
Having been debated amongst five ISAF Committees, in the corridors and globally the question of whether or not to have a weight limit, and if so at what weight, finally came to a conclusion.
Four of the Committee's considering the weight limit had affirmed their support that there should be a weight limit, and when put to Council today, Council unanimously supported their recommendation. On the actual weight, again it was a straightforward decision, as those same Committees had all proposed the same weight of 205kg.
However, this consensus had only been achieved after heated discussions during the respective Committee meetings, with each Committee having had various statistics and permutations on the weight issues presented to them. However, Council supported the expertise of these technical Committees and on a vote of 31 in favour, 3 against and 3 abstain a weight limit of 205kg was approved.
The methods by which the measurement of the weight limit will be controlled and monitored and the penalties for non-compliance is set for further debate. A working party has been charged to consider these issues overnight and come back to Council tomorrow, 17 November, with proposals of how to progress. Whatever is decided, the 2002 Yngling World Championships in Switzerland will be used as a test event for the process, with a final decision most likely to be taken in November 2002.
Yngling - Olympic Qualification Events - Open or Women only?
Whilst many Yngling sailors are keen to see the open Yngling fleets continue to sail together at Olympic qualification events, the ISAF Events Committee recommended that such events should replicate the Olympic Regatta and have women only starts, which was supported by Council on a majority vote.