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William Canfield (ISV)

Name: William Canfield
Year of Birth: 1947
Nationality: US
Residence: US Virgin Islands
First language: English
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Candidates Goals

If elected I will dedicate myself to "save sailing". These are very simple words and the problems the new Board will inherate are not in anyway simple. With the right team of people we can do wonders and accomplish amazing things but it will take energy and teamwork to get it achieved.

Sailing is in a difficult place right now riddiled witth debt, bad politics and Board that

Oseemingly has lost the big picture of what drives the sport of sailing i.e. clases and clubs.The new team of officersa must take both a practicle and common sense approach to bring the sport back to better times.

There are a number of steps nccessary to make this happen:

1. We must first regain the trust and confidence of the share holders (the MNA's) through transperancy in all matters from finance to policies. This will require looking at every single expense, cut down rent (hopefully find a new home free of rent in an international location) and salaries and eliminate all personal agendas.

2. Create a team of new board members all committed to the same agenda but in an environment that allows open expression and freedom to disagree / discuss ideas.

3. We must officially end all distactions that take us away from serving the sport that currently seem to drive the current Board. A simplified agenda is mandatory.

4. We must rethink how the Oympics are handled by cutting the cost of campaigns in half. Get more of our sailing icons back in the Olympics to serve our sponsors better and create more public awareness of our sport. Take on the Star format of having the winner of the last race getting the gold medal This will help both TV coverage and the general public's ability to better understand sailing. Creat a politics free group of classes that better show off all aspects of our sport.

5. We must work hard to rebuild and create interest in sailing at the grass roots level, junior sailing, para sailing, get more females on the water and promote popular trends and concepts. We must talk and listen to the classes and clubs. What do they need from WS to do their jobs of running events, gaining sponsors and introducing new "sailors" into the sport. Promoting growth at all levels should be a priority.

6. World Championships, like the Youth Worlds, must be simpkified so cities can afford to bid on them. What we are requiring now is just too expensive a model to be successful long term.

7. Small and Emerging countries and their MNA"s need World Sailing's help and commitment. My own country, US Virgin Islands is a good example of what can be accomplished with a little we are tiny (120 sq miles and 120,000 population) but we have won Olympic sailing medals Silver in Pusan and the Junior Olympics Gold along with atleast five other World Championships in other classes. We have benefited in many ways through Olympic Solidarity. Many of a peer countries just have nottaken advantage through lack of communication and leadership. This much change of we are to growsailing around the world.

There is much to be done and my list above is far from all inclusive but I've touched on areas of my special concerns and where I believe I can be of help in the overall project of rebuilding World Sailing

Sailing Career

I have sailed all my life in both One Designs and Keel boats throughout the Carribean and US. My top end competive sailing has been limited through some physical limitations but I continuevto do some para sailing.

What I have done for the past 50 years is oinvolve my self in the sports logistics and management. I have involved myself passionetly in Regatta Management, Race Committee Work, Sponsor relations, judging and anything that makes a regatta tick and bre run successfully, I have also been extremely active in the development of junior sailing programs a`nd boat development. I have been active in both high school anfd college progtams.

I have also served as President of VI Sailing MNA to World Sailing for over 25 years. During that time VI Sailing hosted yhe Maxi Yachts on three occasions, the Internationl 50 Class twice and acted as OA for the Grade1 Carlos International Match Race 8 times and the Internationl Optimist Regatta 25 times.

Throuch my efforts the sport of sailing has trived in the Virgin Islands.

Sailing Administration

President VI Sailing MNA WS ISV

Past Commodore St. Thomas Yacht Club Lifetime Member

New York Yacht Club (Race Committee)

The Storm Trysail Yacht Club (Race Committee) Corinthian Yacht Club Marblehead (non resident member)

Race Officer for Group O, Oakcliff Sailing. M32 Class, Chicago Match Race and Sail Newport

Other Sports Administration

Delegate Virgin Islands Olympic Committee

Roles within World Sailing

Served as Alternate Delegate to World Sailing Council from Group O

Carribean certified PRO


Regatta Director Key West Race Week 2 Year

Regatta Director International Max World Championships - USVI Regatta Committee Block island Race Week 3 years

Regatta Director Intefrnational Rolex Regatta 12 years

Regatta Director Grade 1 Carlos Intrvrnation Match Race 8 years

Nominating MNAs

Antigua & Barbuda Sailing Association, Bahamas Sailing Association, Barbados Sailing Association, Belize Sailing Association, Bermuda Sailing Association, Cambodian Sailing Federation, Cayman Island Sailing Club, Czech Sailing Association, Federacion Dominicana de Vela, Federacion de Vela de Puerto Rico, Federacion Mexicana de Vela, Hungarian Sailing Federation, Jamaica Yachting Association, Norwegian Sailing Association, Polish Yachting Association, Trinidad and Tobago Yachting Association, Turkish Sailing Federation, Virgin Islands Sailing Association

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