The 6th International Sailing Summit was held over 5-6 October 2004, Annapolis, USA. The Summit brings the sailing industry and wider sailing fraternity together to share experiences and explore ways of developing sailing internationally.
The ultimate objectives of the Summit are:
- Encouraging more people to simply 'mess about in boats';
- Promoting sailing around the world;
- Focusing on the broad development of sailing; and
- Continuing to raise industry standards.
At the Summit, ISAF presented the ISAF "Connect to Sailing" initiative, covering the background to the project and ISAF's future objectives, which was warmly supported by the delegates. In their address, the ISAF representatives recognized the push the industry had made in requesting ISAF to address the issue of the decline in participation, a decline which the "Connect to Sailing" initiative aims to address.
ISAF will be presenting the latest progress on "Connect to Sailing" on 7 and 8 November at the ISAF November Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Other presentations at the International Sailing Summit included:
- Sailability Hellas - Development of Sailability in Greece
- The Challenge - Turning Adventure Seekers into Sailors
- New Deal for the French Sailing Schools
- Asian Sailing - Winds of Change
- The 2003 ISAF Worlds and ISAF's Wider Role Within Sailing
- How Volunteers Grow Sailing
- Making Community Sailing Centres Work
- Successful Sailing Events
- US Grow Boating Campaign
- Annette Roux's Vision of the World Sailing Market
- Making Sailing Appeal to the Younger Generation
All presentations will be available on the International Sailing Summit website by early November 2004.