Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition
An update was given on the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition and the upcoming test event.
The Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta 2015 is the second of two Rio 2016 Olympic Test Events with the first being held in 2014. Rio will welcome sailors once again from 13-22 August 2015 with racing taking place inside and outside of Guanabara Bay.
The first phase of registration closed on 1 May with 340 sailors, in 238 boats from 50 nations all set to compete on Olympic waters in advance of the Olympic Sailing Competition.
The Test Event will allow ISAF the opportunity evaluate and make key decisions in advance of making the final decisions that will govern the main event. Pollution was also discussed and it was agreed that flexibility across race courses was key.
A world famous city, Rio is famous for Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach.
Race courses in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain and in the watch of Christ the Redeemer will ensure these iconic features of the city and the athleticism and dedication of each Olympic sailor will be showcased side by side.
In terms of displaying the sport, Rio will certainly provide a perfect platform for the beauty of the sport to be promoted alongside natural and man-made wonders.
Plans to build an Olympic sailing marina in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games were abandoned earlier this year as the organisers changed the original blueprint to cut costs and to reduce the impact of the airport on live television coverage.
ISAF is working closely with Tokyo 2020 to finalise the venue decision.
Looking further afield, the first test event will take place in September 2018. The 2019 test event will take place in the same window as the 2020 Olympic Games.
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship Multihull
The Events Committee accepted the Equipment Committee recommendation on the Nacra 15 becoming the ISAF Youth Worlds multihull with the boat to be implemented and included as soon as possible. This isn't final yet, however, with submissions to go ISAF Council in November for final approval. But what is the Nacra 15? We caught up with Nacra Sailing's Gunnar Larsson to find out a little bit more:
At the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting the Events Committee accepted the Equipment Committee recommendation on the Nacra 15 becoming the ISAF Youth Worlds multihull with the boat to be implemented and included as soon as possible. This isn't final yet, however, with submissions to go ISAF Council in November for final approval. But what is the Nacra 15? We caught up with Nacra Sailing's Gunnar Larsson to find out a little bit more:Posted by ISAF - International Sailing Federation on Friday, 8 May 2015
ISAF Sailing World Cup
Head of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, John Craig, gave the Events Committee an update on the World Cup.
Following a successful event in Hyéres, France just two weeks ago, the work continues to build up to Weymouth and Portland. London 2012 Olympic medallists will return to the venue of their triumphs from 8-14 June and it's shaping up to be an exciting event.
Many athletes have accepted their invitation based on the 27 April ISAF World Sailing Rankings release with the next step for qualification coming up at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. Spots across the ten Olympic events will be up for grabs in Medemblik, the Netherlands. For the Men's and Women's Kiteboarding and Paralympic events, the entry is open.
Looking beyond Weymouth and Portland, Craig presented the concept and proposal about a bus shipping service. Available to all competitors the aim of the bus is to provide sailors with container space to ship their boat and equipment to each World Cup venue.
A combined Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions (NoR/SIs) was published in advance of ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyéres to cover the remaining regattas on the 2015 series. The NoR/SIs was widely praised by the Events Committee. At each World Cup regatta a 'Round Sailing Instructions' (RSI) will feature information on the specific regatta ensuring consistency across the board.
Race Management, marketing and media, venue branding and sailor feedback was discussed with lots of positive comments coming out as the series adopts elite fleets.
Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games
A report from the Youth Olympic Games Working Party was presented to the committee with regards to the events at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The Working Party presented their proposal of the following events to be at Buenos Aires 2018:
Mixed Two-Person Multihull
This will be put forward to the ISAF Executive Committee for discussion and consideration.
ISAF Team Racing World Championship
ISAF Vice-President Chris Atkins gave an update on the upcoming 2015 ISAF Team Racing World Championship that is set to be held in Rutland, Great Britain in July.
Eleven nations will be represented in Rutland with 22 teams to race. A further 12 nations are considering entering teams so the number may rise.