The Executive Committee met in the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton, Great Britain on the 9 and 10 May alongside the ISAF Mid-Year meetings of the Equipment, Events and Audit Committees.
The newly appointed Head of the ISAF Sailing World Cup presented his first report on the development of the World Cup and Grand Final. The Executive Committee is pleased with the significant progress made in the last month.
The Executive Committee also heard updates on the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander and the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.
The President reported on a productive meeting on 6 May with Carlos Nuzman, President Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Plans were shown for the venue development and he outlined measures for addressing the water quality issues. The President suggested these measures should also be explained by Rio 2016 to the sailors at the 2014 Test Event and the ISAF Worlds in Santander.
In 2013, the Executive Committee announced its intention to look into two important Governance issues; the first being the process of the election of officers. The proposed election procedure will provide a simpler and more straight-forward process for electing Vice Presidents, preserving the current 'other' gender requirement but also introducing ways of ensuring a continental spread of elected officers.
The second governance topic is a review of the subscription rates and categories as a result of the merger with IFDS. MNAs will pay a single subscription to ISAF to cover all forms of sailing, including disabled. On both issues draft proposals were finalised and will be circulated to the Members for consultation before being put forward as a Submission to the 2014 Annual Conference.
On the second and final day of its meetings the Executive Committee received and reviewed the recommendation of the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships Bid Panel and unanimously approved the recommendation that the host venue will be Aarhus, Denmark. The ISAF Executive Committee noted that all four bids for the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships were excellent and that this highlighted the significance and importance of this event.
The Committee received updates from the ISAF CEO, including information about a recent decision in France regarding Kiteboarding. The Executive Committee strongly supports the Fédération Française de Voile to be the governing body for Kiteboarding in France.
Concerning the ISAF Secretariat, the CEO reported that ISAF would have a small office in the Maison du Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland from 1 June 2014 in addition to the main office in Southampton, UK.
The Executive Committee reviewed the meeting schedule for the next two years with the next meeting of the Executive taking place on 6-8 September in New York, USA.