The Agendas, Supporting Papers and Submissions which will be discussed at the 2007 ISAF Annual Conference, taking place from 1-11 November in Estoril, Portugal, have now been published on the ISAF Meetings microsite - www.sailing.org/meetings.
A total of well over 200 Submissions have been received from ISAF Member National Authorities (MNA), ISAF Classes, Committee Chairmen and the Executive Committee covering many aspects of the sport. These will be debated alongside the other items addressed on each Committee's Agenda at the meetings in November.
For ease, there are various options by which you can download papers - by papers for a specific Committee, by Submission, by Agenda, by Supporting Paper - and the papers can be downloaded individually or as a bulk download, which is provided by a zip file download.
The meeting papers are available for all to access.
Click here to view the papers
Any changes or additions to the papers will be indicated on the ISAF Meetings microsite - www.sailing.org/meetings
How The Process Works
The ISAF Annual Conference brings together all the ISAF Committees and the ISAF Council, which is the final decision making body of ISAF.
Beneath the Council, the ISAF structure branches out into separate Committees, Sub-Committees and Commissions each specialising in a particular aspect of the sport and operating within terms of reference (terms of reference can be viewed via the Committee section, or in ISAF Regulations 15.1 through 15.30). These Committees consider the submissions before passing their recommendations on to the Council, who make the final decision. It is the responsibility of the Committees to consider all aspects of the Submission before making any recommendation.
In order to have a streamlined process to consider the Submissions, each Submission is allocated to a 'Reporting Committee' and 'Other Committees', as detailed in the Submission table. The allocation of Committees is based on the subject matter of the Submission and the Committees' terms of reference. The 'Reporting Committee' has the ultimate responsibility to make a recommendation to Council on that Submission, with the 'Other Committees' giving their recommendation to the 'Reporting Committee'. However, when the Council considers the Submission, in order to be fully briefed of the position of the different Committees, Council members are presented with the recommendations of both the 'Reporting Committee' and 'Other Committees'.
Whilst nominated by MNAs, the Committee Members do not carry a nation vote and are completely neutral in this respect and act upon their experience and expertise. The Council members are appointed to speak on behalf of the nations whom they represent, with the final decision of Council made in the best interests of the sport as a whole.
ISAF's aim is not to take a heavy-handed governing position, but to provide solutions. A great deal of time and consideration is put into every recommendation, and there are options all the way through the process for Committees to express their opinions and they can have a voice at the Council meeting, should a Committee Chairman wish to take the floor.
About The ISAF Annual Conference
The ISAF Annual Conference 2007 will be held in Estoril, Portugal at the Palacio Hotel and the adjoining Vila Galé Estoril from 1-11 November. Estoril is situated on the Portuguese coast, just 25 km west of Lisbon.
On Tuesday 6 November, the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards will be presented at a gala dinner celebrating the achievements of the nominees.
In its centenary year, ISAF will be launching a Sailing Hall of Fame on Monday 5 November, at a spectacular evening hosted by the city of Estoril and the Estoril Casino.
Every year the ISAF Annual Conference brings together the leading figures from the sailing world to discuss, debate and decide upon the key issues in the sport of sailing.
The ISAF Committees, Sub-committees and Commissions all have the opportunity to debate all the issues in their respective areas. Based on these discussions they will then make recommendations to the ISAF Council, which is the final decision making body of ISAF. The Conference concludes with three days of Council meetings, when the major decisions which affect sailing's future will be made.
The ISAF Meetings microsite - www.sailing.org/meetings
- contains the Agendas, Supporting Papers and Submission from past meetings, 1997 to date. Via the online Minutes Archive you can access all past minutes of ISAF Committee Meetings from 1993 to date.