The decision on the 2012 Olympic events took centre stage on day nine at the ISAF Annual Conference, but was not the only issue the ISAF Council addressed.
At the start of the second day of ISAF Council meetings, ISAF President Göran PETERSSON (SWE) launched straight into the debate over the Olympic events and this lasted up until the final ballot from the Council at approximately 13:00. Click here to read all about the vote on the events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition
Following on from the vote on the events for the 2012 Games, the Council received a report on the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition from Technical Delegate and ISAF Vice-President David KELLETT, and QU Chun, Competition Manager for the Sailing Committee of BOCOG. There were also reports on ISAF's other key events this year, including the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships, held just down the road from Estoril in Cascais.
From there the focus of the Council moved to the remaining Submissions (in selecting the Olympic events, Submissions 071-07 to 121-07 had affectively already been dealt with). The Council approved Submissions 028-07 focussing on women's representation within ISAF. The Submission accepted by the Council puts in place the framework for ISAF to continue its move towards a more even gender balance and greater representation for women in its administration. Essentially they mean that not less than 20% of Committee members on each ISAF Committee and not less than 15% of the chairmen and vice-chairmen, should be drawn from each gender. From 2012 onwards these percentages will be increased to 25% and 20% respectively.
Tomorrow the Council meeting will continue, with the remainder of this year's Submissions to debate, including an update on the ISAF Sailing World Cup.
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