The 2008 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting gets underway in Qingdao, China on Thursday 8 May, with ISAF President Göran Petersson chairing the first meeting of the ISAF Executive Committee.
Meetings for the ISAF Audit, Events and Executive Committees and the ISAF Council take place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Qingdao, the host city of the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, from 8-12 May. The members of the ISAF Council will have an opportunity to see first-hand the spectacular Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre, when they make a site visit to attend the 2008 IFDS Qingdao International Regatta on 11 May.
The main focus for the ISAF Council, the final decision-making body of ISAF, at the Mid-Year Meeting is to consider issues deferred from previous Council meetings, urgent submissions and financial matters. Key topics on the agenda this year are the equipment for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, the ISAF World Cup of Sailing, the ISAF Advertising Code and the proposal to amend Terms of Reference for the ISAF Committees.
All the meeting papers for the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting were published and made available online in April.
Click here for an overview of key topics to be addressed in Qingdao.
On Friday 9 May, the night before the Council meeting begins, the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy will be presented at a dinner hosted by S.Pellegrino at the Shangri-La Hotel. The Trophy - which honours an outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing - will be received by a family member on behalf of the 2008 award winner, ISAF Vice-President Nucci NOVI CEPPELLINI (ITA), who passed away in February this year.
For more on the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting, including schedules, papers and the latest news, visit www.sailing.org/meetings.