2013 ISAF Annual Conference took place between 9-16 November in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
Full details of all the decisions made at the ISAF Annual Conference will be published in the minutes of the meetings for the ISAF Council and all ISAF Committees, which will be published on the ISAF Meetings microsite at www.sailing.org/meetings in the coming weeks. Awaiting the minutes, here are some important decisions taken:
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition
ISAF Council voted that all ten Rio 2016 Olympic Events and Equipment shall be included in the 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.
The Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Events and Equipment are:
Men's Board - RS:X
Women's Board - RS:X
Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Heavyweight Men's One Person Dinghy - Finn
Men's Skiff - 49er
Women's Skiff - 49erFX
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Mixed Two Person Multihull - Nacra 17
Additional medals shall be sought from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for Tokyo 2020 and if additional medals are allocated, kiteboarding events will be selected first.
Future of the ISAF Sailing World Cup
At the May 2013 ISAF Mid-Year in meeting Copenhagen, Denmark, ISAF President Carlo Croce announced that one of the major goals of the ISAF Executive Committee was to revitalise the ISAF events.
After a series of Presidential Forums a new mission was established and that was:
To build a clearly understood and professionally organised Olympic sailing annual calendar that each year crowns one undisputed World Champion in each Olympic Event and enables athletes, national teams, the Olympic Classes and ISAF to generate significant sporting & commercial value beyond the Olympic Games.
The desired outcome of the new ISAF event structure is:
To provide all nations, all sailors and all events with a clearer structure to operate within, clearer goals and a better way of measuring progress resulting in increased alignment and value at all levels from beginner to elite.
Following a lengthy discussion at ISAF Council the members voted in favour of the new concept and can now begin to implement it. Check the new ISAF Sailing World Cup vision here.
Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition
The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition format and qualification was approved by ISAF Council with final details to be confirmed in 2014. Check the format here.
Two full reserve days will be scheduled for each event before their Medal Race to ensure the competition schedule will be completed in its entirety.
The Men's and Women's 470, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn will each sail a 10 race qualification series with two races per day with one final race encompassing the top ten.
The 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 will have a qualification series of 12 races with three races per day and one final race with the top ten boats competing. The Men's and Women's RS:X will in principle race a similar format but the number of races per day may be reviewed by the ISAF Technical Delegates, the Olympic Management team and the RS:X Class following the 2014 and 2015 Olympic test events.
The 2014 Rio Test Event will take place from 3-9 August with 2 entries per MNA.
ISAF will make further decisions on target times, race management and final schedule in May 2014.
The Qualification System will go to the International Olympic Committee for their approval with publication in February 2014.
Nations will begin to qualify at the Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds where 50% of places will be decided. The remaining places will be contested at Continental Qualification regattas in 2015 and 2016.
ISAF Youth World Championships
The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship will head to Acre, Israel in 2017, after ISAF Council voted in favour of the venue, subject to a successful site visit and satisfactory contractual arrangements.
It was unanimously agreed that the International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) will merge with ISAF.
The merger will create a single governing body for MNAs and sailors to better serve the needs and interests of sailors with disabilities.
The necessary structural work and regulation changes will commence with completion expected in November 2014.
Kiteboarding will be included in the ISAF Worlds and ISAF Sailing World Cup where practical and within the constraints of current contracts, resources and venues.
ISAF Class status was awarded to the 49erFX, Nacra 17, Formula Kiteboard, Twin Tip Kiteboard and J70 subject to them signing the ISAF Class agreement and satisfactory building specification.
The 2014 ISAF Annual Conference will head to Palma de Mallorca, Spain from 1-8 November. There will be no Mid-Year meeting of Council. Events and Equipment Committee will meet some time in May
2013 ISAF Annual Conference ISAF President's Report
New Chairman of the ISAF Athletes Commission - Malcolm Page - interview
The conference's blog - shortly about all the subjects discussed each day