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6 November 2007, 06:36 pm
Women's Committee Debate Olympic Events In Estoril
Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT at the ISAF Worlds
Marcelien DE KONING, left, was an interested observer in today's Women's Sailing Committee meeting

ISAF Annual Conference 2007
Estoril, Portugal

The debate on the Olympic events kicked into gear on day six of the ISAF Annual Conference.
The debate surrounding the ten events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition is heating up in Estoril, with a packed audience for today's meeting of the Women's Sailing Committee. Amongst the interested spectators were triple 470 World Champions Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED), current ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion Claire LEROY (FRA), and Carolijn BROUWER (BEL), silver medallist at the 2007 Tornado Worlds. Peter TALLBERG (FIN), former ISAF President and a current IOC member, was also an interested onlooker.

The Committee took a tiered approach to looking at the events question. They began by voting for an equal split of five male and five female events (currently there are three open events, four male and four female). Next followed a secret ballot on the Women's Keelboat event: should it be match racing or fleet racing? The Committee decided by a clear majority on match racing.

This left a slate of six possible women's events:

Windsurfer
One Person Dinghy
Two Person Dinghy
Two Person Dinghy (High Performance)
Keelboat Match
Multihull

The debate around these six events focussed on two keys areas - participation and media appeal. This vote left the following five events:

Windsurfer - women
One Person Dinghy - women
Two Person Dinghy - women
Two Person Dinghy (High Performance) - women
Keelboat Match - women

The Committee also took into consideration the fact that the ISAF Council may decide to stick with the current slate of four women's events at the Olympic Games. In that case the Committee selected the following four events:

Windsurfer - women
One Person Dinghy - women
Two Person Dinghy - women
Keelboat Match - women

The recommendations of the Women's Sailing Committee will now be passed on to the Events Committee, before the ISAF Council makes the final decision on the events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition during their meeting from 8-10 November.

Also meeting today were the Equipment Committee. One of the key topics on their agenda were applications from nine classes for ISAF International or Recognized Status (covered in Agenda Items 3 & 4 - click here to see the full Agenda). Six of the applications met with approval from the Equipment Committee, who will now pass their recommendations on to the ISAF Council.

With the preparation and publication of the 2009-2012 edition of the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing beginning to loom large, the Racing Rules Committee faced a huge raft of submissions, over 100 in total, at their meeting today. Together with the existing RRS, used by sailors, clubs and competitions right around the world, the ISAF Strategic Plan has also set the aim of developing a set of Novice Level rules for newcomers to the sport and youngsters wanting to race - in today's meeting the Committee received a report on the progress of this project.

Other meetings today included the Audit Committee and the Team Racing Sub-Committee.

After the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award winners are announced this evening, tomorrow all eyes will be on the Events Committee and the focus firmly on the selection of ten events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Also meeting are the Offshore Committee and the Constitution Committee.

World Sailor & Conference Links

The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards will be presented on 6 November.

For all the papers (including all 221 submissions), schedule, registration details and the latest news from Estoril just visit the ISAF Meetings microsite www.sailing.org/meetings (or click the Meetings tab at the top of any page on www.sailing.org).

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ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame - www.sailing.org/halloffame
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - www.sailing.org/worldsailor
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