ISAF Annual Conference Concludes In Palma de Mallorca
The 2014 ISAF Annual Conference has drawn to a close in Palma de
From 1-8 November 2014 more than 500 delegates from over 70 nations gathered
in Palma to discuss, debate and decide on the decisions that will take the
sport forward into 2015 and beyond.
ISAF Council, the final decision making body of ISAF, met on 7 and 8 November
to vote on the recommendations for the expert committees. The 2014 Annual
General Meeting brought the Conference to a close.
Rio 2016 Olympic
The final day format for the 49er and the 49erFX was a hotly discussed topic
with a lengthy debate. ISAF Council voted for one double points Medal Race
without boundaries and a target time of 20 minutes.
It was also decided that all supplied equipment at the Rio 2016 Olympic
Sailing Competition should be distributed after a public draw, ensuring
As part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition Qualification System,
ISAF included Continental Qualification Events in the pathway to help develop
sailing around the world. Reflecting the IOC Qualification System Principles
the key requirements are to ensure participation of the best athletes and
ensure universality through continental representation.
ISAF Council agreed on the recommendation from the Events Committee on the
regattas that will be held in 2015 and 2016.
African qualification events will be held at the 2016 Trofeo Princesa Sofia
Regatta in Mallorca, Spain as well as events in Cape Town, South Africa and
Algeria. The 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Asia and 2015 ASAF Cup in UAE will
see the Asian qualification spots picked up. European spots will be available
at the 2016 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Regatta with 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup
Melbourne providing the Oceanic qualifiers. The 2015 Pan-American Games will
decide one quota place each in the Laser and Laser Radial for North and South
America. The additional places will be up for grabs at the 2016 edition of
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.
Association for Disabled Sailing Merger with ISAF
The International Association for Disabled Sailing’s (IFDS) merger with ISAF
was completed with the creation of an ISAF Disabled Sailing Committee.
The Disabled Sailing Committee will be responsible for the Paralympic Sailing
Competition including events and equipment selection, the IFDS World Championships
Disabled Sailing Committee representatives will liaise with other committees
to offer their specialist expertise.
The merger creates a single governing body for MNAs and sailors to better
serve the needs and interests of sailors with disabilities.
Submission 025-14 was withdrawn in advance of the ISAF Council meeting but
with an agreement that the implementation of a revision to the system would
be discussed between the Executive and the ISAF Sailor Classification
ISAF Youth Worlds
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA will host the 2018 ISAF Youth Sailing World
Championship subject to a successful site visit and satisfactory contractual
The following events and equipment for the 2017 ISAF Youth Worlds were also
agreed by Council:
Boy's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Girl's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Boy's Two Person Dinghy - 420
Girl's Two Person Dinghy - 420
Boy's Windsurfer - RS:X with 8.5 sail
Girl's Windsurfer - RS:X with 8.5 sail
Open multihull - Sirena SL16
Boy's Skiff - 29er
Girl's Skiff - 29er
The Equipment Committee recommended the new Nacra15 for the Open Multihull
event and this will be discussed at the 2015 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in the
Netherlands with the earliest possible introduction of the new equipment
The 2016 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship will head to Sheboygan,
USA whilst Noumea, New Caledonia, France will host the 2016 ISAF Youth Match
Racing World Championship. Both venues are subject to a successful site visit
and satisfactory contractual agreements.
The 2015 Nations Cup Grand Final will head to Vladivostock, Russia with
Regional Finals to be held in Buenos Aires (ARG), Zallaq (BRN), Howth (IRL),
San Diego (USA), Tunis (TUN) and Brisbane (AUS).
ISAF welcomes Macau and Montserrat to the ISAF family. Both were awarded
associate member status.
Submission 127-14 as amended by the Racing Rules Committee was approved
effective 1 January 2015. Other amendments to the Racing Rules and Equipment
Rules of Sailing were approved following recommendations from the expert
committees. The changes will be incorporated into the next edition of the
rule books published for 2017-2020.
The Equipment Committee, Events Committee and Executive Committee will meet
at the 2015 Mid-Year Meeting in Muiden, Netherlands from 7-9 May 2015 with
the 2015 ISAF Annual Conference to be held in Sanya, China from 7-14 November
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.
ISAF Council at the 2014 ISAF Annual Conference
ISAF Council meeting at the 2014 ISAF Annual Conference
ISAF President Carlo Croce and Royal Spanish Sailing
Federation President José Ángel Rodríguez
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