Event Partners

Gerardo Seeliger (ESP)

Name: Gerardo Seeliger
Year of Birth: 1947
Nationality: Spanish
Residence: Spain
First language: Spanish
Other languages: English, German, French

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Candidates Goals

My plan of action focuses on 3 main pillars:

Leadership and Values, Strategy, Operations

I. Leadership and Values:

  • New Board Culture: Cohesive collaboration. Commitment to deliver the promises with full accountability. New era of executive oversight. Diversity of opinions improve Board efficiency and are always encouraged. Annual Board Review. Rebuild trust, listen and dialogue with MNAs. Inspire and lead the Board in Unity, Diversity and Integrity.
  • Governance Reform: Active listening to all MNAs. A determination to reopening a broad debate of all opinions on outstanding issues with MNAs, with the object of concluding a New Constitution, asap. Streamline the decision making and submission process for Speed, Simplicity and Efficiency.
  • Share and act on the new hard financial realities. Cost control at all levels and for all decisions.
  • Real Transparency: Create easy access for all members to documented and verifiable financial reporting. Board must enforce compliance, oversight and accountability and a new strict look at Conflict of Interest.
  • Create modern standards of excellence for WS with new Best Practices
  • Sustainability, conservation, and protection of marine environments must be a core value of WS.
  • Nominate competent Committees with best qualified Chairperson. Encourage young generations to join WS Committees. Annual Performance Evaluation.

II. Strategies:

  • All WS decisions must begin with the questions: "How will this benefit MNAs and sailors?" and "How many young women and men can start sailing with the money we save?" Identify and focus on MNAs with fast growth potential.
  • Commit to generate resources dedicated to MNA Youth Programs.
  • Explore and expand the Olympic Solidarity partnership to help fund the fast-growing Emerging Nations programs, especially grassroots programs and women programs worldwide.
  • Restore sailing as Paralympics sport.
  • Integrate and align all forms of sailing. Build pathway from Optimist to AC. Seek new synergies between WS, ORC, International classes, and Continental Federations.
  • Actively encourage and achieve a deeper involvement and commitment of all stakeholders involved.
  • Rebuild over time the Isle of Man WS Trust Fund to a level of one year's operating expenses.
  • To support the initiative to ensure free manufacturing of Olympic sailing equipment. Measurers monopoly instead of manufacturers monopoly.
  • Create an initiative to bring generous corporate and private donors together with MNAs and talented young sailors who have limited resources, to help them with the acquisition of equipment or participation in mayor regattas.

III. Operations:

  • The New Board will work closely with David Graham, the New CEO. I've already had several long initial conversations with him.
  • Insist on internationally accepted standards for accounting. Present Quarterly public, transparent reporting of management financials
  • "Take three reefs". Cut vanity expenses and unnecessary outsourced services in favour of volunteer services for sailors. Reduce Operating expenses, in particular current office costs. Return to Southampton or nearby or one of 5 other free or low-cost options being offered today. Implement teleworking and digital transformation. Think lean. Set up a competent team to achieve this digital transformation and present the Project at the MYM 21. Make electronic remote voting a part of WS Culture.
  • Respect the needs and budgets of MNAs when selecting WS meeting locations in the future to maximise number of MNAs attending.
  • The Board will have an analytical look at and evaluate all programs, services offered by WS and WS events. We will need to operate responsibly within the limits of WS revenues.


Sailing Career

Olympics in Finn 1972 Chairman CORC 1995

Several ISAF Committees, marketing and TV, International Classes Committee Participated in over 20 World and European championships in different Olympic Classes 3 times Spanish Admirals Cup team

Raced 20 years in big boats, Bermuda Race, Won Giraglia , several Spanish Championships, Crossed Atlantic on Schooner America

Sailing Administration

President Finn Class President 49er Class President 29er Class

Twice GM Spanish American Cup Challenge

President of Challenger of Record Committee, San Diego 1975. President of Honour Finn Class (To recent)

Other Sports Administration

Ex-Executive Director Association of National Olympic Committees (ACNO)

Governance at IOC

Role within World Sailing

Chairman of Jury in Finn Gold Cup New Zealand 80'

Member of Umpire Jury Congressional Cup


TV and marketing

CPOC, long time ago


Executive Director International Volleyball Federation (FIVB)

Nominating MNAs

Antigua & Barbuda Sailing Association, Asociación Nacional de Navegación a Vela de Guatemala, Algerian Sailing Federation, Australian Sailing, Bahamas Sailing Association, Barbados Sailing Federation, Belarus Sailing Federation, Belize Sailing Association, Bermuda Sailing Association, Cayman Islands Sailing Club, Croatian Sailing Federation, Czech Sailing Association, Federación Colombiana de Vela, Federacion Dominicana de Vela, Federacion Paraguaya de Vela, Federacion de Vela de Puerto Rico, Federacion Mexicana de Vela, Hellenic Sailing Federation, Hungarian Sailing Federation, Irish Sailing Association, Israel Sailing Association, Jamaica Yachting Association, Libyan Sailing Federation, Montenegro Sailing Federation, Pakistan Sailing Federation, Polish Yachting Association, Real Federación Española de Vela, Sailing Federation of Ukraine, Singapore Sailing Federation, Slovak Sailing Union, South African Sailing, Timor-Leste Sailing Federation, Trinidad and Tobago Yachting Association, Tunisian Sailing Federation, Turkish Sailing Federation, Virgin Islands Sailing Association

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