Joining the World Sailing President on the Board of Directors will be:
Jan Dawson (NZL)
Torben Grael (BRA)
Gary Jobson (USA)
Quanhai Li (CHN)
W Scott Perry (URU)
Ana Sanchez (ESP)
Nadine Stegenwalner (GER)
The Chairman of the Athletes' Commission will join the Board of Directors as a permanent voting member. In addition, the World Sailing Presidents of Honour, His Majesty King Harald V of Norway and His Majesty King Constantine are entitled to attend and participate in Board of Directors meetings but they do not hold a vote.
The new Board of Directors will serve a four-year term up until the General Assembly in November 2020.
Alongside the Election of Officers, the General Assembly confirmed that the ten events and equipment used at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition will be proposed to the International Olympic Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. World Sailing Council will now consider the possibility of requesting an 11th Olympic medal and the type of event.
The venues of the 2017 and 2018 Annual Conference were also decided. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will host delegates in 2017 and Sarasota, Florida, USA in 2018.
The General Assembly marked the end of the 2016 Annual Conference. Across nine days of meetings, more than 1,000 delegates have attended a variety of Forums and Committee meetings to discuss, debate and share best practice to take the sport forward into the new year and beyond.
By Daniel Smith - World Sailing
World Sailing 2016 Annual Conference Partners
The World Sailing 2016 Annual Conference is supported by:
- FAREAST Yachts - http://www.fareastboats.com/en/home
- Bart's Bash - http://www.bartsbash.com/
- GAC Pindar - http://www.gac.com/gac-pindar/
- Zhik - https://www.zhik.com/
- Mexico - http://www.rivieranayarit.com/
- Sarasota - http://sports.visitsarasota.org/
World Sailing's Annual Conference brings together up to 700 delegates every first full week of November. It is the central meeting point where the strategy of sailing is reviewed, discussed and celebrated.
Over the Annual Conference, participants plan for the future, make key decisions to drive the sport forward, share best practice and generate new ideas.
The 2016 Annual Conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain at the Hotel Renaissance Barcelona Fira from 5-13 November.
About the General Assembly
The General Assembly of World Sailing takes places every four years. It is on this occasion that the World Sailing Board of Directors (President and Vice-Presidents) and members of the World Sailing Council automatically retire.
All full World Sailing Member National Authorities (MNAs) are entitled to be represented at the General Assembly and to vote for the new President and the seven Vice-Presidents.
MNAs can nominate members for the World Sailing Board of Directors, Council, Committees, Sub-Committees and Commissions.
The next World Sailing General Assembly will take place on Sunday 13 November 2016 from 09:30 - 13:30.