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Jörgen Stang Heffermehl (NOR)

Name: Jörgen Stang Heffermehl
Year of Birth: 1948
Nationality: Norwegian
Residence: Norway
First language: Norwegian
Other languages: English, some French

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Candidates Goals

In my role as vice-president ofWS, if I am elected, my actions will above all be guided by the following characteristics:

I consider myself well qualified for the position as VP ofWS particularly because of the present need in WS to re-establish the confidence to the board among its MNAs. My background as a lawyer very well versed in work on board of directors level in corporations and corporate governance meets the present needs of WS.

As I have little experience in the WS organisation, I carry few, if any, ties to other organisations and persons and I will be able to act independently in the pure interest of WS.

I have long experience as commodore and rear commodore of the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club, which is Norway's largest yacht club with more than 3.600 members. In my time there RNYC built the largest youth sailing center in northern Europe.The center turns over several hundred young (and older) sailors every year. The club was transformed into a modern organisation geared for the future challenges of sailing as an attractive sport for young people.

During my time as president of the Norwegian Sailing Federation the federation has gone through a thorough financial and organisational restructuring and is now a small, but well operating organisation.

The following are the changes that in my view are the most important to implement in WS and towards which I will work hard to accomplish if I am elected as VP of WS:

1. Downsize office costs, use my professional background as a lawyer to contribute in negotiations with the office space landlord.
2. Reduce costs and increase digital communication.
3. Build financial reserves.
4. Report easily accessible financial data to MNAs every 3 months.
5. Find ways to downsize annual conference, reduce cost to attendees and rethink locations and number of days.
6. Limit event organization to OG and WC.
7. Re-invent sailing in the public eye, building the foundations for future sponsorship structures, social media, big data.

8. Ensure the board's work is guided by the four characteristics listed above and provide that the board members deliver on their tasks.
9. Provide consistent transparency and integrity at all levels of discussion and decision-making.
10. Enforce stricter guidelines to protect against conflicts of interest.
11. Evaluate yearly the Board and staff performance.
12. Streamline decision-making and submission process.

13. Support women sailing around the world.
14. Improving access to sailing around the world, with special attention to future generations and emerging nations.
15. Harmonize purpose: align classes and build pathways from Optimist to AC.
16. To increase the attendance of younger generations of volunteers to participate in WS activities.

IOC relationship
17. Improve IOC relations and agree with IOC a long-term program for sailing supported by IOC.
18. Bring sailing back to the Paralympics.

19.Work towards a constitution reform to achieve all of the above.

Sailing Career

World Cup winner 1971 Yngling class

National Team Norway Oluympic games 1972

Various medals national championships Soling, H-boat, Dragon.

Sailing Administration

1979 2008: Various positions in Royal Norwegian Yacht Club, board member, advisory council member, control committee member, Chairman Yngling and H-baot classes.

2010 - 2012: Vice President

2012 - 2016: Commodore

2017 - 2021: President Norwegian Sailing Federation

Roles within World Sailing


Professional background as a business lawyer with 40 years experience with company and corporate law, including sitting as board member in listed and non listed companies. Worked extensively with corporate governance and compliance.

Nominating MNAs

Bahamas Sailing Association, Barbados Sailing Association, Belize Sailing Association, Bermuda Sailing Association, Cayman Islands Sailing Club, Estonian Yachting Union, Federacion Argentina de Yachting, Federacion Dominicana de Vela, Federacion Mexicana de Vela, Federacion de Vela de Puerto Rico, Federacion Paraguaya de Vela, Finnish Sailing and Boating Federation, Jamaica Yachting Association, Norwegian Sailing Association, Singapore Sailing Federation, Swedish Sailing Federation, Trinidad and Tobago Yachting Association, Turkish Sailing Federation, Virgin Islands Sailing Association

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