Race Officials were top of the agenda on fifth day of meetings at the ISAF Annual Conference in Busan.
Following meetings of its four Sub-committees over the previous two days, the Race Officials Committee met on day five of ISAF's Annual Conference in Busan. The Committee was holding its first meeting since its new members were appointed in November last year and during the early stages discussion centred on the key aims for the next three years - particularly recruiting more officials from a wider spread of nations and ages.
Committee chairman Charley Cook (USA) also pointed out the need for greater gender equity, "If you look at the percentage of women in each of our Race Official categories it's something we need to work on," he said.
Qu Chun, Competition Manager for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition in Qingdao, gave his assessment of the issues facing Race Official recruitment in China, "The big challenge in China is the language. We need more clinics and seminars to find young talent. More international regattas are going to help us find more talent, as it gives Chinese race officers and judges a chance to work with the top people."
The Committee has already taken several steps to actively seek more potential candidates for ISAF International Race Official status, with programmes in Colombia and Chile already scheduled for next year.
Also on the Agenda for the Committee was the final review of First Applications and Renewals received for the ISAF Race Official status. Successful new Applicants and Renewals will be published on the ISAF Race Officials microsite www.sailing.org/raceofficials later this week.
Also meeting today were the Regional Games Committee, where a major topic for discussion was the type of equipment used at Regional Games and whether or not it should match the chosen Olympic equipment. ISAF Vice-President Teresa Lara (VEN) argued for a move towards modernity, "Every country, every region wants to impove," she said. "They want to copy the countries that do things better. The Regional Games, little by little, should aim to copy the Olympics, not because they are 'the Olympics', but because they express the modernity of the sailing world."
Another issue discussed was getting sailing added to the programme of more Regional Games. Alan Alcindor (SEY) gave a short presentation on the path to getting sailing added to the Commonwealth Games programme for 2016, the biggest Regional Games not currently featuring the sport.
Other meetings today included the Constitution Committee, the Special Regulations Sub-committee and the Equipment Control Sub-committee. Amongst the meetings being held tomorrow are those for the Racing Rules and Equipment Committees.