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14 November 2008, 06:30 pm
ISAF Council Decides Equipment For 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition
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Olympic equipment is up for debate in Madrid today

ISAF Annual Conference 2008
Madrid, Spain

The ISAF Council today decided the equipment that will be used for the 10 sailing events at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The ISAF Council voted on the boat classes to be used as equipment for the 10 sailing events at the 2012 London Olympic Games during the second day of their meeting at the ISAF Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain.

The equipment selected by the ISAF Council for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition is:

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
Men's One Person Dinghy Heavy - Finn
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Men's Two Person Dinghy High Performance - 49er
Men's Windsurfer - RS:X
Men's Keelboat - Star
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Women's Keelboat Match Racing - Elliott 6m (modified)
Women's Windsurfer - RS:X

Nine of the ten choices for equipment have a proven track record at the Olympic Games. The Elliott 6m, selected for the Women's Keelboat Match Racing event making its debut at London 2012, is the one new class selected which has not been previously used at the Olympic Games.

Reflecting on the decision, ISAF President Göran Petersson (SWE) said: "The choice of the equipment and events for the Olympic Sailing Competition is one of ISAF's greatest responsibilities. The importance of today's decision was reflected by the length and depth of the discussion we heard around the table today. Congratulations to all the equipment selected, I am confident it will provide a great platform for the world's best sailors both during and on the pathway towards the sailing events of London 2012."

The ten sailing events at the 2012 London Olympic Games will be held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, on the south coast of Great Britain.

The ISAF Council, the final decision-making body of ISAF is chaired by ISAF President Göran Petersson. It also includes the seven ISAF Vice-Presidents, 28 members appointed by groupings of ISAF's Member National Authorities (MNA) and representatives of the Offshore Committee, ISAF Classes Committee and a Women's Representative. The Classes Committee representative did not vote in the equipment selection.

The selection of the equipment for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition was made according to the procedures set out in the ISAF Regulations ( The final selection of equipment was made from a list of over 20 boat classes who applied to be considered as equipment for the Olympic Games. The selection of the sailing events and equipment is subject to final confirmation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Visit the ISAF Meeting microsite at for all the latest news from the Council meetings, reports on the key issues discussed so far in Madrid, meeting papers and more.

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