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8 November 2006, 03:50 pm
World Cup© Receives Support
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ISAF Annual Conference 2006
Helsinki, Finland

The Events Committee and the Offshore Committee met in Helsinki, Finland today as the major topics of this year's ISAF Annual Conference came under the spotlight. The debate centred around the Olympic Games and a potential World Cup© series for the Olympic Classes.
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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.

World Cup

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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  • Conference Quick Links
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    World Sailor Of The Year
  • Princess Sofia Trophy
  • Semaine Olympique Française
  • Holland Regatta
  • Kiel Week
  • ISAF Sailing World Championships in 2007, Olympic Class World Championships in 2008

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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HRH Crown Prince Frederik
of Denmark at the Events
Committee meeting

Youth Success

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.

Focus Offshore

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.

Meetings Microsite

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ISAF. Image, The Events Committee gave their support to the World Cup:© Gullain Grenier
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