Evaluation events have become an important part of ISAF's commitment to develop the sport of sailing at the very highest level and make the most of new and exciting technologies. Women's sailing has grown massively since the first all-female event at the 1988 Olympic Games. In Athens the sport showed a massive 32% increase in participation by women athletes compared to four years earlier and ISAF is looking to build upon this growth.
Dina KOWALYSHYN (USA), member of the ISAF Equipment Committee, Equipment Control Sub-Committee and Women's Forum, is chair of the Evaluation Panel, which also includes 1998 World Sailor of the Year Carolijn BROUWER (NED). ISAF Vice-President George ANDREADIS (GRE) is also in Hyères. Amongst the sailors nominated by MNAs to sail the six boats are world #4 Women's 470 crew Sylvia VOGL (AUT) and Carolina FLATSCHER (AUT).
The opening day of the Evaluation Event saw all six boats out on the water in 5-6 knots of breeze.
The six boats for the trials in Hyères are:
29er - Image
A skiff one-design, designed by Julian BETHWAITE, launched in 1998
29erXX - Image
A skiff one-design, designed by Julian BETHWAITE which features a carbon mast and double spreaders on the existing 29er hull
Cherub Daemon - Image
A skiff one-design, designed by Simon ROBERTS and Richard TAYLOR to fall within the 2005 UK Cherub Class Rules
Carbonology GT60 - Image
A project by David CHISHOLM using a design by Paul BIEKER, with the Master plug currently in production
International 14 - Image
Established 75 years ago, the twin trapeze skiff is a well known development class
RS800 - Image
A skiff one-design designed by Phil MORRISON, with some modifications to the existing RS800 deck mould
The sailors nominated by MNAs to sail in the Evaluation Event are:
Rebecca MARRIOTT (GBR)
Rachel LARMAN (GBR)
Helle ORUM-NIELSEN (DEN)
Maria GADE (DEN)
Elizabeth KRATZIG (USA)
Hanna DAHLBORG (SWE)
Fernanda OLIVEIRA (BRA)
Isabel SWAN (BRA)
Giulia CONTI (ITA)
Giovanna MICOL (ITA)
Mitsue NAKAMURA (JPN)
Makiko IKUTA (JPN)
Sylvia VOGL (AUT)
Carolina FLATSCHER (AUT)
Karin ALMQUIST (SWE)
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:
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.