Location alert for the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds!

The 2014 RS:X Youth World Championships are scheduled from 18th -25th October 2014 in Herzliya, Israel.
Due to the situation in Israel the final decision about the actual location of the Championship will be made on 4th of August 2014.
Please look at the Class website for further information.
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Thrilling Conclusion To ISAF Youth Worlds

Racing at the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Tavira, Portugal came to a thrilling conclusion as the medals across the eight events were decided.

A beautiful westerly breeze came through early in the afternoon allowing three RS:X Boys and Girls races. Racing commenced at 12:00 local time in a breeze that slowly built to 10-13 knots as the day progressed.

Russia’s Stefaniya Elfutina overthrew China’s Shi Hongmei on the final day to claim a hard fought gold medal.
It all boiled down to the final race and a nervy Elfutina was unsure whether or not she had won ashore as she explained her day, “The first race was not good, in fact it was really bad, I was fifth but the next one was better and I was second. Before the last race I was second and had three points to first place and I was nervous a little bit because everybody is strong and I said okay, do what you can, and I was first and she [Hongmei] was fifth or sixth.”
“It’s amazing but for now we should wait for the results because I’m afraid. When I see the results that Russia’s first then yes, that’s okay to celebrate.”

When the results were published a scream of joy from Elfutina echoed across the boat park and beyond. She added, “I feel happy. It’s all such a good feeling and I don’t believe it yet. It’s like a dream and it’s my second World Championship win and I love it.”
“This is one more step to my dream of being at the Olympics and being in the adult world.”
“I want to say thanks to all of the girls and organization because it was a really good competition. We’ve had a great championship.”

The Chinese sailor came away with silver and Italy’s Marta Maggetti remained in bronze medal position after a 2-3-4 scoreline.

Overnight RS:X Boys leader Yael Paz (ISR) held on to take gold after a nervy finish. With three races sailed Mattia Camboni (ITA) reduced Paz’s four point lead to one in Race 10 with a bullet. One place separated them in Race 11 with two points the difference going into the final showdown.

The mathematics had been done before Race 12 and Camboni needed to put two places between him and Paz. As Camboni stormed through to take the final race bullet he quickly turned to view the action behind him and was left downhearted when the Israeli crossed in second to seal gold.

For Paz it was jubilation, “It’s a great feeling and it was a really tough race and really tight at the end but I’m so glad I won.”
“It was really tricky racing with strong competition. I won by one point in the end so it was really tight. It was really hard and before every start I had to think about what I had to. It was massive pressure but in the end I managed to deal with it and I feel great and can’t wait to talk to everyone back home.”

Camboni took six race wins across the 12 race series but ultimately it was Paz’s consistency that handed him gold with the Italian settling for silver.
Poland’s Radoslaw Furmanski picked up bronze.

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ISAF Youth World Championship 2014 – Tavira, Portugal

Tavira Provides Perfect Recipe For Opening ISAF Youth Worlds Race Day

Sunshine, steady breeze and great racing provided the perfect recipe for the opening day of competitive action at the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Tavira, Portugal.

After a slightly calm morning the breeze kicked in mid-afternoon allowing a full complement of races across the eight events.

The 367 sailors from 67 nations were spoilt by the Portuguese conditions with a breeze that varied between 12-15 knots coming in consistently from a south westerly direction.

The RS:X fleets headed out to the race course late in the day and got their first start in at 16:38 local time and enjoyed the early evening breeze.
Imogen Sills (GBR) holds the lead in the RS:X Girls fleet following a second, a first and a discarded eighth and her surname is a common one in ISAF Youth Worlds.
The Sills family name has been present at ISAF Youth World regattas since 2010. Samuel Sills, RS:X Boys racer, finished eighth in 2010 and sixth in 2011. One year later his sister Saskia won gold in the RS:X Girls fleet before finishing sixth in 2013. For the fifth consecutive year there is a Sills amongst the pack and Imogen is the twin sister of former winner Saskia.
Trailing Imogen Sills is Russia’s Stefaniya Elfutina and China’s Shi Hongmei.

In the RS:X Boys Yael Paz (ISR) and Evgenii Aivazian (RUS) are tied for the lead on three points. Both have a 1-2 to their name with the Israeli discarding a fifth and the Russian losing an 18th. Mattia Camboni (ITA) took the days other race victory and is third overall, two points of the leading duo.



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Over 850 sailors will be ready to fight hard for 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca honours when racing commences on 31 March through to 5 April.

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Fifty nations will be represented across one Paralympic and ten Olympic events at the fourth of five World Cup Regattas of the 2013-2014 series.

Numerous medallists and competitors will resume the battles that started at Qingdao, China in October 2013 progressed through to Melbourne, Australia in December 2013 and heated up in the Miami, USA just weeks ago.

As preparations for the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships step up, sailors will be using Mallorca and the final regatta of the World Cup series in Hyeres, France to hone in on their fitness and skills.

Racing in the 58-board Women’s RS:X fleet will be highly charged with 17 of the world’s top 20 racers set to compete in Mallorca. World #1 Bryony Shaw (GBR) will undoubtedly be the favourite having taken eight podium spots from ten outings since January 2013 and comes into Mallorca off of victory at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.

Whilst Shaw comes in with good form, one to watch will be Israel’s Maayan Davidovich. The Israeli was consistent throughout 2013 and picked up a bronze at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao. After a winter break she’s back in action, ready to pick up where she left off,”I’ve just finished my university course so I was a bit busy over the last few months. I had a three week training camp in Spain with my training partner Moana Delle (GER) and our coach.

“This year the season is really long and I am just at the beginning of it and looking forward to the upcoming month. I really look forward to racing in Palma as it’s one of my favourite places and this year it’s my first international race.”

As sailors begin to knuckle down and focus on the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships Davidovich recognises the depth of the Women’s RS:X fleet, “The fleet this year is very strong and it will be interesting to see and race against the other girls. I think that there are many girls in the fleet that could surprise everyone and race well. The level is really high and there is more than a few who can get on the podium.”

One of those eyeing on a podium spot will be Charline Picon (FRA). Picon raced at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, finishing sixth, but it wasn’t all about the result for the French sailor, “I went to Miami for physical training, but not technical,” commented Picon. “It was a bit difficult but interesting to see what I need to work on this year. After Miami I had some great training in Rio and Buzios and then some physical training in the French Alps. I feel good for Palma.”

Men’s RS:X World #1 Ricardo Santos (BRA) and World #2 Ivan Pastor (ESP) will meet for the first time since 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres in Mallorca. The pair have jostled for the World #1 spot throughout 2013 and the spot will up for grabs once again.

Santos and Pastor will be part of an 81-boat Men’s RS:X fleet that includes 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami gold medallist Byron Kokkalanis (GRE), World #3 Ho Tsun Leung (HKG) and British Olympic silver medallist Nick Dempsey.

Racing commences on Monday 31 March across one Paralympic and ten Olympic events at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca.

The Official ISAF World Sailing Ranking System for Olympic Classes


The Grading Criteria for Ranked Events is defined in ISAF Regulation 27.1.
Sailors will only receive ranking points from events that fully comply with the Regulations.
The dates and grading will be confirmed by the Secretariat which will endeavour to avoid conflicting dates and to ensure the Regulations determining how many of each grade of event may take place per contintent for each class.

The following Grades apply:

200-points – ISAF Sailing World Cup, Olympic class World Championships, ISAF Sailing World Championships;
100-points – Olympic Class World Championships (not-compliant with 200-point criteria), Olympic class Continental Championships and Other major international events using Olympic equipment;
50-points – Olympic Class Continental Championships, other international evnts using Olympic equipment (not compliant with 100-point criteria).


The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for Olympic Classes are administered by the ISAF. Every year in November the ISAF Rankings Sub-Committee meet to review the method of calculation of the rankings and to be included in the rankings.
Each competitor counts his or her best six results over the previous 12 months. The one year period is calculated on a rolling basis (from today’s date to the same date one year previously). Of those six results, a competitor may only count three results from the ISAF Sailing World Cup.

Regattas meeting the criteria are awarded a grade by the Sail Rankings Sub-committee. The grades are either a 200-point event, 100-point event or a 50-point event. The ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas, ISAF Sailing World Championships and Olympic Class World Championships are typically 200-point events. Olympic Class World Championships (not compliant with 200-point criteria), continental championships (not held as part of a 200-point event) and other major international events using Olympic equipment are 100-point events.

Complete information about the Criteria for Ranked Events is defined in ISAF Regulation 27.1.

100% of competitors at a regatta receive ranking points with first place receiving 200, 100 or 50 points depending on the grade. The competitor with the highest total from six events is listed first in the rankings and so on.

The ISAF Sailing World Rankings are issued approximately nine times a year.


Ranking Points = E(N-P+1)/N

E = Event Rank
N = Number of Entries
P = Position in regatta


The ISAF World Sailing Rankings rate skippers based on their performances at ISAF Graded events over the 24 month period prior to the release date of the Rankings.
Events will be downgraded if they fail to meet the criteria.

Click on the links below to view a list of new events included and events not included (as they failed to meet the Grading Criteria) for each release of the Rankings.

ISAF World Sailing Rankings – 3rd February 2014

2016 Rio Olympic Sailing Competition Qualification System


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The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition regatta venue is the Marina da Glória with racing taking place inside and outside the Guanabara Bay and will feature 380 athletes competing across the following 10 events:

Men’s Windsurfer – RS: X
Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser
Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) – Finn
Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Men’s Skiff – 49er

Women’s Windsurfer – RS: X
Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Women’s Skiff – 49er FX

Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17

Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) may enter a maximum of one boat per event, a total of 15 athletes (eight men and seven women).

Qualifcation Pathway

50% of the entry quota in each event shall be qualified from those best ranked NOCs in the corresponding events at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

The remaining places in each event shall be qualified from the 2015 Class World Championship and in a series of Continental Qualification Events sanctioned by ISAF, to finish by 1 June 2016 at the latest.

The inclusion for the first time by ISAF of Continental Qualification Events in the Qualification Pathway is an opportunity to develop sailing around the world and reflect the IOC Qualification System Principles. Key requirements of these Principles are to ensure the participation of the best athletes and ensure universality through continental representation.

Tripartite Commission Invitation Places allow NOCs which have traditionally sent small delegations to the Olympic Games to be represented at the next Games. For the first time ISAF has included four dedicated Tripartite quota places within the overall Athlete Quota providing an opportunity for those eligible NOCs to compete in the Men’s and Women’s One Person Dinghy events.

ISAF will inform NOC’s and Member National Authorities (MNA’s) of Olympic quota places following each qualification regatta.

All NOC’s, including the host country must confirm to ISAF the use of all quota places by 1 June 2016. After this date the unconfirmed quota places will be allocated according to the principles set out in the Qualification System.

For more details on the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition visit the microsite at: http://www.sailing.org/2016-olympic-games.php

2014 ISAF/RS:X World Championships – Qualification System


The Qualification System for nations wishing to compete in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander, Spain has been published. The Championships incorporates the World Championships of all the Olympic Classes.
The best sailing talent will be on show and as well as world titles being awarded across ten events, 50% of Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition places will be won based on results in Santander.
The regatta format will be the same as for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition, featuring an opening qualification series and a final series with the top ten in each event proceeding to the Medal Race where the final positions will be decided.

2014 ISAF/RS:X World Champiosnhips Qualification System – Download