The debate over the Olympic equipment has been one of the hot topics in the meeting rooms of Madrid over the past week. The Match Racing, Women's Sailing, Equipment and Events Committees of ISAF have all looked at the issue and their
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The choice for Olympic equipment is governed by the rules in ISAF Regulations 16 (www.sailing.org/regulations). In summary, the key aspects of this are:
Ahead Of The Equipment Decision
- The Olympic equipment shall be decided four years before the Games by the ISAF Council
- For equipment to be considered as Olympic equipment there must be a valid Equipment Submission received by the ISAF Secretariat by 15 March (ISAF Regulation 16.1.2).
- Based on these Equipment Submissions, the ISAF Council draw up a list of possible equipment at the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in May. The reason for any equipment not being on the list is that no valid Equipment Submission was received or the Class/Owners Association indicated to ISAF they do not want to be on the list.
The Equipment Decision
Factors for the Council to consider in making their decision are:
- Only International Classes shall sail in the Olympic Sailing Competition
- Criteria for selecting Events & Equipment is:
(i) allow athletes around the world, male, female and of different sizes and weights to participate;
(ii) give the best sailors in each country the opportunity to participate in readily accessible equipment;
(iii) combine both traditional and modern events and classes, to reflect, display and promote competitive sailing;
(iv) include at least two events for men and two events for women designed to maximise excitement, innovation, public and media appeal; and
(v) meet the International Olympic Committee's criteria (if any) for participation in the Olympic Programme and achieve the current International Olympic Committee's objective (if any) for the minimum level of participation for women;
At this Conference there are also two Submissions M03-08 and M04-08, which impact on the equipment decision. These refer specifically to the new Women's Keelboat Match Racing event and if passed would have the following implications.
- M03-08: allow a non-International Class to sail at the Olympic Sailing Competition
- M04-08: remove the require to choose the equipment at the Council meeting four years in advance of the Games
Below is a summary of the Olympic events for 2012 and the list of possible equipment in each event drawn up by the ISAF Council, following on Equipment Submissions received by ISAF.
2012 Olympic Events
Women's One Person Dinghy
Men's One Person Dinghy
Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavy)
Women's Two Person Dinghy
Men's Two Person Dinghy
Men's Two Person Dinghy (High Performance)
Women's Keelboat Match Racing
2012 Olympic Equipment List
|Men's Windsurfer||Formula One Design|
|Women's Windsurfer||Formula One Design|
|Women's One Person Dinghy||Byte CII|
|Men's One Person Dinghy||Europe|
|Musto Performance Skiff|
|Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavy)||Finn|
|Musto Performance Skiff|
|Women's Two Person Dinghy||29er XX|
|Men's Two Person Dinghy||470|
|Men's Two Person Dinghy (High Performance)||470|
|Women's Keelboat Match Racing||Elliott 6m (Modified)|
|Laser SB3 (Match)|
For full details of the equipment list and voting procedure, view the Council minutes from the ISAF Mid-Year meetings, available from www.sailing.org/meetings.
The full list of valid Equipment Submissions received was:
Formula One Design
Laser SB3 (M)
Musto Performance Skiff
'Sport boat' - a new ISAF Match Racing Design and Match Racing Equipment proposed by the 2012 Olympic Games organizer
*Note: Council added a proviso that 'the selection of equipment for dinghy events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition will not be open to multihulls'.
**Note: This classes were not added to list of possible equipment as Class Association confirmed it did not want to be considered as Olympic equipment.
Visit the ISAF Meeting microsite at www.sailing.org/meetings for all the latest news from the Council meetings, reports on the key issues discussed so far in Madrid, meeting papers and more.