Radio Sailing, its promotion, development and position within ISAF were all topics under discussion at a recent meeting between the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the Radio Sailing Division's new Permanent Committee.
The Radio Sailing Division (RSD) is an ISAF Affiliate Member which looks after the 30 radio sailing divisional members and radio sailing class associations.
Following on from the recent elections for the RSD Permanent Committee, the new Permanent Committee members met with ISAF at the offices of the ISAF Secretariat in Southampton, Great Britain. Discussion focussed on the future organization and management of radio sailing and its involvement with ISAF.
It was agreed that RSD would change its name to International Radio Sailing Association (IRSA), thus removing the anomaly of "Division". IRSA would remain at this stage an ISAF Affiliate Member. It was agreed to look into strengthening the relationship over the next two years. Both the options of class associations and formalising the terms of affiliation of IRSA to act on ISAF's behalf for radio sailing were discussed. IRSA will continue to work with ISAF to help publicise and promote all aspects of radio sailing by promoting the four existing International classes and encouraging the new up-and-coming classes to become part of the IRSA family.
Both ISAF and the Permanent Committee recognize that there is considerable opportunity and potential for full size and radio sailing to benefit from mutual co-operation in the worldwide sport of sailing.