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The International Sailing Federation is officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the governing authority for sailing world-wide. As such, ISAF is responsible for promotion of the sport internationally, managing sailing at the Olympic Games, developing the International Racing Rules and Regulations for all sailing competitions and the training of judges, umpires and other administrators, the development of the sport around the world, as well as representing sailors in all matters concerning the sport. The name change to the International Sailing Federation in 1996 came with the change to the name of the sport on the Olympic programme from Yachting to Sailing.
In order to promote the development of the sport the ISAF has established several events - including, but not limited to the ISAF Sailing World Championships and ISAF Sailing World Cup (for Olympic equipment), ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, ISAF Team Racing World Championship, ISAF Match Racing World Championship, ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, ISAF Nations Cup, as well as endorsing and grading the top international match racing and Olympic Class regattas, the results of which go towards sailors' world rankings, which are administered by ISAF.
ISAF currently consists of 139 member nations who are its principle members, and responsible for the decision making process that governs the sailing world.
There are currently over 100 ISAF International, Recognized and Classic Yacht Classes, ranging from the small Optimist Dinghy up to the largest, the 60ft Monohulls.
ISAF, from its outset, has worked towards a primary goal to ensure that as many people as possible go sailing.
In 2007 ISAF celebrated it's Centenary year by celebrating sailing. The ISAF members, sailing clubs, regatta organizers, sailors and fans were encouraged to organize activities to mark the Centenary with the 'Sail the World weekend' dedicated to getting as many people out on the water world-wide as possible. ISAF also launched the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame in 2007 to acknowledge some of the sports greatest achievers.
ISAF changed to World Sailing at the end of 2015 as the federation continued to grow as an International Governing Body.
|President||Carlo Croce (ITA)|
|Presidents of Honour||His Majesty King Harald V of Norway|
|His Majesty King Constantine|
|Vice-Presidents||George Andreadis (GRE)|
|Chris Atkins (GBR)|
|Adrienne Greenwood (NZL)|
|Nazli Imre (TUR)|
|Gary Jobson (USA)|
|Quanhai Li (CHN)|
|W. Scott Perry (URU)|
|Presidents of Honour|
|1958 - 1991||His Majesty King Olav of Norway|
|1994 -||His Majesty King Harold V of Norway|
|1994 -||His Majesty King Constantine|
|From 1906 to 1946 a chairman was elected from time to time rather than a President. The first President was elected in 1946.|
|1946 - 1955||Ralph G Gore (GBR)|
|1955 - 1969||Peter Scott (GBR)|
|1969 - 1986||Beppe Croce (ITA)|
|1986 - 1994||Peter Tallberg (FIN)|
|1994 - 2004||Paul Henderson (CAN)|
|2004 - 2012||Göran Petersson (SWE)|
|2012 -||Carlo Croce (ITA)|