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8 November 2007, 07:39 pm
ISAF Council Meeting Begins
The ISAF Council
The ISAF Council

ISAF Annual Conference 2007
Estoril, Portugal

The ISAF Council began their meeting in Estoril today, as decision time approaches at the ISAF Annual Conference.
The ISAF Council meets over three days of the ISAF Annual Conference. They are the final decision making body of ISAF and will make the final decision on all the issues raised in Estoril this year. During the week the ISAF Committees have debated and discussed the submissions (over 200 of them) at this year's Conference, producing recommendations to help inform the decisions of the Council.

At the start of the meeting, ISAF President Göran PETERSSON (SWE) gave his opening address to the Council. The President covered a wide range of topics, focussing on celebrations and achievements of the ISAF Centenary and on the challenges that face ISAF in the next 100 years. For the first time, this year you can read the full President's Report - click here to take a look.

After the Council received reports on ISAF's finances and administration, the President took the opportunity to outline the process for voting on the events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, scheduled to take place tomorrow. The Council voted to accept this process with a couple of amendments.

So tomorrow, the process for choosing the events will be…

First of all the Council will debate and then vote on the recommendation of the Events Committee, which was for the following events:

Windsurfer - men
One person dinghy - men
One person dinghy heavy - men
Two person dinghy high performance - men
Two person dinghy - men
Multihull - open
Windsurfer - women
One person dinghy - women
Two person dinghy - women
Two person dinghy high performance - women

If the recommendation of the Events Committee is accepted, then the ten events for the 2012 Games are decided. If the recommendation is not accepted then the process of selection begins again….

The Council will go through a series of votes and ballots to decide on the ten events. The slate of possible events, which the Council decided at the 2007 ISAF Mid-Year Meetings (see bottom of page), will be noted. The Council could decide to change this slate of possible events and/or change to a five/five gender split, but any change would have to be based on a submission to this Conference.

There will then be a ballot where each Council member will select the ten events (from the slate of possible events and using the gender ratio agreed above) they support for inclusion in the 2012 Games. The events receiving the highest number of votes will be selected.

Tomorrow, the Council will also receive reports from the chairmen of the ISAF Committees and from ISAF's Affiliate Members. There will also be reports on ISAF's events this year and an update on the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition,

Possible Events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition

Decided by the ISAF Council at the 2007 ISAF Mid-Year Meetings (click here to see the Council minutes).

Men - Select six events from

Windsurfer
One person dinghy
One person dinghy heavy
Two person dinghy
Two person dinghy high performance
Keelboat
Multihull - open or men

Women - Select four events from

Windsurfer
One person dinghy
Two person dinghy
Two person dinghy high performance
Keelboat
Multihull

About the ISAF Council

The ISAF Council is the final decision making body of ISAF. It is chaired by the ISAF President Göran PETERSSON (SWE), who was elected along with the seven Vice-Presidents for a four-year term in 2004. Along with the President and Vice-Presidents, the Council also includes the other members of the Executive Committee, Presidents of Honour HM King Harald V of Norway and HM King Constantine (both non-voting). There are also 28 appointed members (representing each of the regional groups of sailing nations), and representatives of the Offshore Committee, ISAF Classes Committee and a Women's Representative.

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