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17 August 2006, 09:28 am
Race Officials In Qingdao
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Qingdao International Regatta 2006
Qingdao, China

Over 400 of the world's top Olympic Class competitors will take to the water at the ISAF Grade 2 Qingdao International Regatta in China next week.
As well as the sailing stars on the Qingdao waters, the first Olympic Test Event will also give the Race Officials team their first big challenge in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games.

In November 2005 ISAF International Race Officers (IRO) were invited to apply for the ITO pool from which the members of the ISAF Olympic Race Management Team at the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition will be selected. The ITA pool was finalized earlier this year, and it is from this that the Race Management team for the Qingdao International Regatta has been selected.

20 IRO's will form the Race Management Team at the regatta from 18-31 August, with Charley COOK (USA) appointed to oversee the team.

International Team

The 20 IRO's in Qingdao come together from 17 different nations and include representatives from Asia, Europe, Oceania and North and South America. The team is packed full of names well known throughout the sailing world. COOK brings a wealth of experience as an IRO, ISAF International Judge and ISAF International Umpire. He was a member of the Jury at the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2002-2003 Louis Vuitton Cup and is also a member of the ISAF Council and ISAF Race Management Sub-Committee.

Other officials who were also in Athens include Rafael SERRANO (ESP), Anthansios PAPANTONIOU (GRE) and Paul ULIBARRI (CAN). The USA's other IRO in Qingdao is none other than Principal Race Officer for the 32nd America's Cup Peter REGGIO (USA).

First Step On Road To 2008

With the new Medal Race format calling for on the water umpiring for the final races, the International Jury will face an additional set of challenges in Qingdao. David TILLETT (AUS) will act as an experienced head at the helm of the Jury, having been Chairman of the Jury at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and he has already been chosen for the same role at the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition and at next year's Test Event.

Like TILLETT, Chairman of the ISAF Equipment Committee Dick BATT (GBR) will head up the Measurement team in Qingdao in a role he will reprise in two years' time at the Olympic Games and at the 2007 Test Event. Barry JOHNSON (AUS) and Dimitris DIMOU (GRE) complete the Measurement team along with ISAF Technical Manager Simon FORBES (GBR).

ISAF appoints two Technical Delegates to oversee the preparations for, and the conduct of the Olympic Sailing Competition. For the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition and the Qingdao International Regatta ISAF Vice-President David KELLETT (AUS) and ISAF Director of Sailing Jerome PELS (NED) fulfill these roles.

The full list of ISAF Race Officials for the Qingdao International Regatta is below.

International Race Officers International Jury Equipment Control
Charley COOK (USA) David TILLETT (AUS) Dick BATT (GBR)
Abdur Rehman ARSHAD (PAK) Kazuko AKIMOTO (JPN) Barry JOHNSON (AUS)
David CAMPBELL-JAMES (GBR) Miguel ALLEN (POR) Dimitris DIMOU (GRE)
Pierluigi DE LUISE (ITA) Mohamed AZZOUG (ALG) Simon FORBES (ISAF)
Bruno DE WANNEMAEKER (BEL) William BELL (AUS)
Christophe GAUMONT (FRA) Bernard BONNEAU (FRA)
Brian HOOPER (UAE) Say Ng CHU (MAS)
Philippos GEORGAKIS CPY) John DOERR (GBR)
Thomas JORGENSEN (DEN) Kamen FILLYOV (BUL)
Krystyna LASTOWSKA (POL) Xinzu GU (CHN)
Ricardo NAVARRO (BRA) Jang-Yeon MOON (KOR)
Luis ORMAECHEA (ESP) Hong Kit LOCK (SIN)
Athanasios PAPANTONIOU (GRE) Ronnie MCCRACKEN (HKG)
John PARRISH (NZL) Marianne Orvin MIDDELTHON (NOR)
Peter RAMCKE (GER) Bill O'HARA (GBR)
Peter REGGIO (USA) Ana Maria SANCHEZ (ESP)
Rafael SERRANO (ESP) Katsumi SHIBANUMA (JPN)
Nino SHMUELI (ISR) Rut SUBNIRAN (THA)
David SPRAGUE (CAN) Tee Suan TAN (SIN)
Paul ULIBARRI (CAN) Zofia TRUCHANOWICZ (POL)
Cowen CHIU (HKG)

In addition to the Race Officials Team appointed by ISAF, National Technical Officials will be part of the officials team in Qingdao.

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