The report from the Format Working Party - covering feedback from sailors, coaches, race officials, event organizers and the media - brought broad agreement on the current Medal Race format. A major emphasize of the working party report was to improve the media coverage of the Medal Race, a focus which ran into the next big debate on Submission 073 on an ISAF World Cup© for the Olympic Classes.
An amended version of the submission was supported, which would mean the events listed below would get ISAF World Cup© status for 2007 and 2008, with an agreement to look towards further development and a 'Grand Final' event from 2009 onwards.
The amended submission will now go forward to the ISAF Council, where a final decision will be made on Friday.
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Events Committee Chair Bjorn UNGER (SWE) explained that with the Medal Race format approved last year and the support for the World Cup© today, the Committee are moving on a tack that acknowledged that, 'the media is our biggest grandstand'.
Submission 064, as amended by the Windsurfing Committee, on a new Olympic windsurfing course with a slalom finish for the Medal Race was also supported. There was also support for Submission 065 for the Finn to be added to the list to use unallocated places at the Olympic Games.
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Fiona KIDD (CAN), chair of the Youth World Championship Sub-Committee, gave feedback on this year's record breaking event in Weymouth, Great Britain.
From the Team Racing Sub-Committee, it was confirmed that the 2007 Worlds would take place at the West Kirby Sailing Club in the Wirral, Great Britain. The right to host the 2009 Worlds was won by Perth, Australia.
In the Offshore Committee, the members received a presentation on this year's ISAF Offshore Team Worlds in Porto Cervo, Italy. They gave their support to Submission 015 on class advertising and to Submission 055, on the application of the X-35 keelboat to become an ISAF Recognized Class.
The Offshore Committee is responsible for approving the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations, in accordance with ISAF Regulation 15.17.6(c), on the behalf of Council. They gave their approval to Submission SR5 on multihull hull marking and Submission SR7 to reduce training requirements for Category 2, during its implementation.
Also meeting today were the Constitution Committee and the Executive Committee. Tomorrow the ISAF Council, ISAF's final decision making body, have their first of three days' of meetings. ISAF President Göran PETERSSON (SWE) will begin the meeting with the President's report.
The ISAF Meetings microsite - www.sailing.org - 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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