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ISAF's Role

ISAF is one of 35 International Sports Federations (IFs) recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).


What is ISAF?

ISAF is short for the International Sailing Federation. The International Sailing Federation is the World Governing Body for the Sport of Sailing.

ISAF is responsible for:

- the promotion of the sport internationally
- managing sailing at the Olympic Games
- developing the Racing Rules of Sailing and the ISAF Regulations
- the training of judges, umpires and other administrators
- the development of the sport around the world
- representing sailors in all matters concerning the sport

ISAF And The Olympic Games

The role of International Federations, as defined by the Olympic Charter, is: "to assume the responsibility for the technical control and direction of their sports at the Olympic Games."

ISAF, then known as the International Yacht Racing Union, first undertook this role at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris and has been at the helm of every Olympic Sailing Competition since then.

The ISAF Family

ISAF currently consists of 137 member nations, called Member National Authorities (MNAs) who are its principle members, and responsible for the decision-making process that governs the sailing world.

The ISAF family also includes a great variety of different boat classes. There are currently over 100 ISAF Classes.

Every November, the ISAF family gather at the ISAF Annual Conference to discuss, debate and decide upon the key issues in the sailing world.

ISAF works towards a primary goal to ensure that as many people as possible go sailing.

ISAF History

1907: the birth of the International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU), which would become ISAF
1920: following the 1920 Olympic Games, the IYRU assumes technical control for the yachting events at the Olympic Games
1996: the International Yacht Racing Union, changes it name to the International Sailing Federation
2007: the International Sailing Federation celebrates its centenary year

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