It was a big decision making day at the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference in Athens as the Council voted on the some of the key decisions in the sport.
The day started with the ISAF Council approving the applications of Madagascar, Panama and Saudi Arabia as new member national authorities to the ISAF family with President Göran Petersson extending a warm welcome all three nations.
The President then went to award the ISAF Presidents Development Award to Rob M'Crystal, President of the South African Sailing, for the outstanding work he has done in developing grassroots and youth sailing in the country.
The Council then received a series of reports on the major ISAF events of the year before Phil Jones took to the floor to present an update on the Olympic Commission report and its findings.
Jones took Council through the Committee's views of the key issues facing ISAF their vision for the future of sailing as an Olympic sport which focuses on five core elements: increasing universality, expanding qualification opportunities; building popularity, improving event structure and enhancing the Olympic Games. In summing up Jones highlighted that 'the decisions to be made would affect the future of children who have posters of their sailing heroes on their bedroom walls'.
The two main Council decisions of the day centred on the Sailing World Cup and the provisional events for the 2016 sailing competition and provoked much debate around the Council table.
On the Sailing World Cup, ISAF council endorsed the work of the Olympic Commission and voted in favour of the vision to develop it as outlined in the Olympic Commission strategy and also voted in favour of investigating a World Cup Grand Final.
In the other key vote of the day, Council voted in favour of the Events Committee's provisional events slate for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition of:
Men's Board or kite board - evaluation of equipment
Women's board or kite board - evaluation of equipment
Men's one person dinghy - Laser
Women's one person dinghy - Laser radial
Men's 2nd one person dinghy - Finn
Men's skiff - 49er
Women's skiff - evaluation of equipment
Women's keelboat - Elliott 6m
Mixed multihull - evaluation of equipment
Mixed two person dinghy (spinnaker) - 470
This is a provisional list of events and subject to final confirmation in the ISAF mid year meeting in May 2011.
The ISAF Council meeting continues tomorrow.