A total of well over 100 Submissions have been received from ISAF Member National Authorities (MNA), ISAF Classes, Committee Chairmen and the Executive Committee covering many aspects of the sport. These will be debated alongside the other items addressed on each Committee's Agenda at the meetings in November.
For ease, there are various options by which you can download papers - by papers for a specific Committee, by Submission, by Agenda, by Supporting Paper - and the papers can be downloaded individually or as a bulk download, which is provided by a zip file download.
The meeting papers are available for all to access.
A quick look over the list of Submissions for Helsinki reveals some interesting topics sure to provoke some significant debate. Submission 089 returns to last year's hot topic of the Olympic Format, with a proposal to make further changes to the scoring system to increase the importance of the Medal Race. Submission 064 proposes a new media friendly course for Olympic Windsurfing, whilst Submission 015 proposes to allow class advertising space for class sponsors. A mixture of Submissions 016, 030, 031 and 034 propose methods of achieving a minimum of 20% women's representation on the ISAF Council.
The ISAF Annual Conference brings together all the ISAF Committees and the ISAF Council, which is the final decision making body of ISAF.
Beneath the Council, the ISAF structure branches out into separate Committees, Sub-Committees and Commissions each specialising in a particular aspect of the sport and operating within terms of reference (terms of reference can be viewed via the Committee section, or in ISAF Regulations 15.1 through 15.30). These Committees consider the submissions before passing their recommendations on to the Council, who make the final decision. It is the responsibility of the Committees to consider all aspects of the Submission before making any recommendation.
In order to have a streamlined process to consider the Submissions, each Submission is allocated to a 'Reporting Committee' and 'Other Committees', as detailed in the Submission table. The allocation of Committees is based on the subject matter of the Submission and the Committees' terms of reference. The 'Reporting Committee' has the ultimate responsibility to make a recommendation to Council on that Submission, with the 'Other Committees' giving their recommendation to the 'Reporting Committee'. However, when the Council considers the Submission, in order to be fully briefed of the position of the different Committees, Council members are presented with the recommendations of both the 'Reporting Committee' and 'Other Committees'.
Whilst nominated by MNAs, the Committee Members do not carry a nation vote and are completely neutral in this respect and act upon their experience and expertise. The Council members are appointed to speak on behalf of the nations whom they represent, with the final decision of Council made in the best interests of the sport as a whole.
ISAF's aim is not to take a heavy-handed governing position, but to provide solutions. A great deal of time and consideration is put into every recommendation, and there are options all the way through the process for Committees to express their opinions and they can have a voice at the Council meeting, should a Committee Chairman wish to take the floor.
A Submission is a proposal to either change an existing policy or introduce a new policy in the sport. For example, any changes to the equipment or event format at the Olympic Sailing Competition, changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, proposals for ISAF Class status, changes to the ISAF Regulations would all have to be proposed via the ISAF Submission process.
The Submission process is in place to ensure a fair and democratic process in any decision affecting the sport.
Submissions have to be received by ISAF by 1 August each year, in order to give enough time for the papers to be circulated to all the relevant bodies (ISAF MNAs, ISAF Classes) and to the specific Committees, to research and consider before the Annual Conference.
The ISAF Meetings microsite contains the Agendas, Supporting Papers and Submission from past meetings, 1997 to date. Via the online Minutes Archive you can access all past minutes of ISAF Committee Meetings from 1993 to date.
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