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Evaluation Sailors For Hyères
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Women's High Performance Dinghy Evaluation Event
Hyères, France

ISAF is inviting its Member National Authorities (MNAs) to nominate sailors to for the Women's High Performance Dinghy Evaluation Event in Hyères, France. Six boats will be evaluated from 16-19 April 2007 and ISAF is looking for sailors covering a balanced range of weight, height, age, and expert trapeze crews.
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The Evaluation Event will look at whether there are suitable boats for a possible Women's High Performance Dinghy event at the Olympic Sailing Competition. The six boats entered for the event are the 29er, 29erXX, RS800, Cherub Daemon, Carbonology GT60 and International 14.

In order to test the boats as fully as possible in the time available, ISAF is inviting MNAs to nominate national-level teams of women sailors, from which the Evaluation sailors can be selected. We regret that the ISAF cannot meet any costs incurred by such sailors.

ISAF are seeking to select a group of sailors covering a balanced range of weight, height, age and expert trapeze crews. Helms need not have had previous experience of helming from a trapeze.

How To Submit A Nomination

Nominations should include the following details:

  • Name
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Age
  • Brief sailing qualifications, as helm and/or crew.

Nominations should be submitted as soon as possible, and no later than 23 March 2007.

To submit a nomination please contact your relevant MNA.

About The Women's High Performance Dinghy Evaluation Event

In advance of the decision on the ten events for the 2012 Olympic Games, which will be made at the 2007 ISAF Annual Conference this November, the Women's High Performance Dinghy Evaluation Event will look at whether there are suitable boats for a High Performance Dinghy event for a crew of two women.

The fundamental criteria set out by ISAF for the event included:

  • The boat must be a monohull
  • The dinghy must be able to sail faster off the wind than the wind
  • The dinghy is for a crew of two women (average combined weight 120-140 kgs)
  • Targeting a price of 14,500 Euros ready to sail

A report on the Evaluation Event will be completed by the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting, to be held in Paris, France from 4-6 May.

The Evaluation Event is part of ISAF's commitment to actively develop sailing at the highest level and keep pace with all the latest developments within the sport. Previous Evaluation Events have led to the adoption of the RS:X board as the new windsurfer for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition and the 49er as the first twin trapeze skiff with asymmetric spinnaker in the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000.

Details of the criteria and Evaluation Panel can be found on the ISAF Technical microsite - www.sailing.org/technical - or by CLICKING HERE.

ISAF. Image, The Women's High Performance Dinghy Evaluation Event will take place in April:© Peter Bentley
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