The International 470 Class Association has elected its new Management Committee and President for the next four years.
Stanislav KASSAROV (BUL) was elected as new President, taking over the position from Alberto PREDIERI from Italy, who has stepped back from the management of the class after being elected as one of the seven ISAF Vice-Presidents for the next four years.
KASSAROV has been active in many administration positions within the Bulgarian Sailing Federation and has provided valuable support to the Class Management for many years.
Alain CORCUFF (FRA), Martin STEIGER (SUI) and Dimitris DIMOU (GRE) retain their positions as Secretary General, Treasurer and Chairman of the Technical Committee respectively. Nino SHMUELI (ISR) joins the Management Committee as 1st Vice President, with Marta WEORES
(HUN) stepping back from the position on her own request. Iulia NEGOESCU
(ROU) and Olympic sailor María Fernanda SESTO
(ARG) were also elected as Management Committee Members.
The election of the new Management Committee took place at the Annual General Assembly in Madrid, Spain on 16 November. During this meeting, also an impressive number of bids were presented by countries to host future International 470 Class Championships.
By the decision of the General Assembly, the 470 Class European Championships of 2011 will take place in Helsinki, Finland, as part of the ambitious plan of Finland to combine the European Championships of all Olympic sailing events. Largs in Scotland, Great Britain will host the 2012 European Championships.
The International 420 and 470 Class Associations will continue to combine the Junior European Championships. The event in 2010 will take place in La Grande Motte in France, and in Nieuwpoort, Belgium, in 2011. The decision of the 2011 event remains subject to the final approval of the 420 Class AGM in 2009.
In 2011, the Junior World Championships will be hosted by Belgium's neighbour; The Netherlands.
The participation of girls' crews has increased at the "under 22 years old" International 470 Junior Championships the last few years. Besides the efforts taken, and future development plans to support women's two person dinghy sailing, this increased interest in girls' crews has been the reason behind the International 470 Class allowing both the Junior Worlds and Junior Europeans take place as two separate events for Men/Mixed and Women.