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10 November 2007, 06:02 pm
Final Day Of Council Meetings
ISAF President Göran PETERSSON and Dr Pedro Manuel BECKERT RODRIGUES
ISAF President Göran PETERSSON and Dr Pedro Manuel BECKERT RODRIGUES

ISAF Annual Conference 2007
Estoril, Portugal

It's the final day of ISAF Council meetings at the ISAF Annual Conference in Estoril, Portugal.
After deciding the ten events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition yesterday, the Council focussed on the remaining Submissions during their third day of meetings today.

The ISAF Sailing World Cup was one of the key topics under discussion. ISAF Vice-President David KELLETT explained that this was still an important goal. "The Executive Committee consider the World Cup a desirable and important concept," he said. The Executive Committee withdrew Submission 036-07 and in its place made a recommendation to the Council on the ISAF Sailing World Cup, which was unanimously accepted. The key text of the recommendation stated, "The ISAF Sailing World Cup will be established as a series of events, selected with a geographical spread, to commence in 2009 or later when sufficient suitable events are available."

The Executive Committee will now appoint a World Cup Management Group and report back to the ISAF Council on progress made at the Mid-Year Meetings in May 2008. With the Council supporting the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Submissions 123-07 and 126-07, to hold the ISAF Sailing World Championships every two years instead of every four, were deferred to May.

Laser Radial For Youth Worlds

A key issue at every ISAF Conference is boosting participation and increasing the spread of nations at ISAF Events. These were key reasons cited around the Council table as deferred Submission 085-06 was approved, changing the list of possible equipment for the Boys' One Person Dinghy event at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship to the Laser Radial (previously it was Laser Standard or Laser Radial). With a smaller rig, the Radial favours sailors with a lighter bodyweight, opening up the championships to a greater number of participants. Fiona KIDD, chair of the ISAF Youth World Championship, gave her support to the submission, explaining, "The Youth Worlds is the pinnacle event for youth sailing and we want to increase the number of nations at the Youth Worlds, to get 65, 75 nations attending. With this submission we are sending out a strong signal as to the direction we want the championships to go."

The equipment for 2010 Youth Worlds, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, was confirmed as the Laser Radial for the boys' and girls' one person events, 420 for the boys' and girls' two person dinghy events, the RS:X with 8.5m2 rig for the boys' and girls' windsurfer events and the Sirena SL16 for the open multihull event. The Council also approved Zadar, Croatia as host of 2011 Youth Worlds and Lysekil, Sweden as the hosts of the 2009 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship.

The Council again looked at the issue of gender representation within ISAF after yesterday approving Submission 028-07, to introduce a minimum level of women's representation on ISAF Committees. Today the Council also voted to adopt a policy that at least 20% of the ISAF Council and at least 20% of the delegates an ISAF Member National Authority nominates to ISAF Committees should be drawn from each gender.

News Classes And Nations

The Council approved two new member nations, Kyrgyzstan and Oman, increasing the number of ISAF MNAs to 125. The number of ISAF Classes has also increased. The Musto Skiff had its status upgraded from Recognized to an ISAF International Class. The RS Tera, O'pen Bic Sport, Ultimate 20, Laser SB3 and TP52 all become ISAF Recognized Classes.

ISAF President Göran PETERSSON (SWE) wrapped up the final day of ISAF Council meetings during ISAF's Centenary year. He thanked the Federacao Portuguesa de Vela for being such an excellent host and presented an ISAF Centenary decanter to Dr Pedro Manuel BECKERT RODRIGUES, President of the Portuguese Federation.
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