With 380 athletes competitng in over 250 boats in ten events across five race course areas, running the racing at the Olympic Sailing Compeition is a highly skilled operation.
A team of International Technical Officers has been appointed by ISAF to oversee the competition. They will work with the National Technical Officers and volunteers selected by LOCOG. The selection of the ISAF team began in 2009, and since then they have taken every opportunity to pefect their skills and develop their teams.
The ISAF team is composed of four elements: the Technical Delegates, the ISAF Race Management Team, the ISAF International Jury and the ISAF Equipment Inspection Team.
The 2012 team represents 35 nations and includes the following experts:
- Equipment inspectors - ensuring all equipment is within the rules of the class and the competition
- International Judges - making decisions on rules questions and applying penalties when necessary
- International Race Officers - ensuring all races are run fairly and within the rules of the competition
- International Umpires - making on the water penalty decisions
The final ITO team was announced by ISAF in January 2012 and can be read here.