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2 April 2008, 02:30 pm
ISAF Mid-Year Meeting Papers Published
The ISAF Council meeting in Estoril
The ISAF Council will meet in Qingdao in May

ISAF Mid-Year Meetings 2008
Qingdao, China

The papers for the 2008 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting have been published on the ISAF Meeting microsite.
Meetings of the ISAF Council, ISAF Executive Committee and ISAF Events Committee will take place from 8-12 May 2008 in Qingdao, China.

The ISAF Equipment Committee will be meeting separately at the ISAF Secretariat on Saturday 19 April 2008, preceded by the ISAF Equipment Control Sub-Committee on Friday 18 April.

The ISAF Council, the final decision making body of ISAF, will meet over the weekend of 10-11 May and consider issues deferred from previous Council meetings, urgent submissions and financial matters. Discussion will include the proposals for the ISAF World Cup of Sailing, a report on amendments to the ISAF Advertising Code which are proposed for implementation from 1 January 2009 and proposals to amend Committee Terms of Reference. Urgent submissions include proposals on the Women's Forum, ISAF Sailor Classification Code and the match racing equipment for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

Council will also be given the opportunity to address the selection of events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. By the close of the submission deadline for the 2008 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting, submissions had been lodged by 15 ISAF Member National Authorities and two ISAF Class Associations regarding the events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. In accordance with ISAF Regulation 1.6(b), the Executive Committee has considered all these submissions and maintains its position from February 2008 that any submissions on the events for 2012 should be considered at the 2008 Annual Conference in November.

However, recognizing the level of concerns over the decision as per the submissions received, the Executive Committee feels it would be prudent for the ISAF Council to have the opportunity in May 2008 to affirm or otherwise its decision taken in November 2007 on the events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Therefore, the Executive Committee has decided to put forward Urgent Submission M06-08, which invites Council to reaffirm or otherwise their decision on the events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition made in November 2007. The Executive Committee intent in making this submission is to bring to a close the current speculation challenging the Council decision.

Click here to view Urgent Submission M06-08.

In respect of the equipment for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Council will make a list of the equipment it considers may possibly be appropriate for selection at the 2008 Annual Conference. This list will include all equipment which has been the subject of a valid submission and by the deadline 61 separate equipment submissions had been received.

Click here to see the full list of Equipment Submissions.

Amongst the issues to be considered by the Events Committee will be the equipment for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, event formats for major events, the ISAF World Cup, ISAF Sailing World Championships and the ISAF Events Strategy, together with reports from the various Sub-committees.

For the Equipment Committee and Equipment Control Sub-committee, their main priority is to finalize the ISAF Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS) 2009-2012, review the Standard Class Rules and progress on the In-House Certification Programme. The Equipment Committee will also be considering the equipment submitted for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The prestigious ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy will be presented on Friday 9 May to an outstanding individual who has made a unique impact on the sport. ISAF will be announcing the recipient on 9 April.

The 2008 IFDS Qingdao International Regatta is taking place at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre from 8-16 May in partnership with the Qingdao Municipal Government and the China Paralympic Committee. The ISAF Council will make a site visit to the venue on Sunday 11 May, hosted by the International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) who will take the opportunity to present Paralympic sailing to the Council.

The Agendas, Supporting Papers, Deferred Submissions and Urgent Submissions for the 2008 ISAF Mid-Year Meetings are all available to view online by following the link below and on the ISAF Meetings microsite - www.sailing.org/meetings.

Click here to view the meeting papers for the 2008 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting.
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