Barcelona, Spain ready to host
World Sailing’s 2016 Annual Conference
will host the world of sailing from 5-13 November 2016 for World Sailing’s
Annual Conference, the central meeting point where the strategy of sailing is
reviewed, discussed and celebrated.
For the 2016 Annual Conference, the dialogue and engagement will be centred
on an overarching theme of, 'Our Sustainable Future'. Sailing will be laying
down plans for a healthy sustainable future for the sport, as well as the
more specific subject of sustainability in the waters of the world.
Up to 700 delegates will attend the annual conference ranging from
International Class Associations representatives, Member National Authorities
officials and Committee Members to leading Sailors, Event Organizers, Boat
Manufacturers and Observers.
Those following online will be able to do so via World Sailing’s Annual
Conference Blog which will be go live on 5 November here - www.sailing.org/media/2016-annual-conference-blog.php.
In addition, followers will be encouraged to engage with the official hashtag
#OurSustainableFuture with the best posts aggregated on the Annual Conference
social wall at the conference venue, Renaissance Fira Hotel, and online here
World Sailing has received over 90 submissions that propose change to
existing policies, regulations and rules as well as introducing new ones.
These submissions will be discussed alongside an array of additional topics
at Committee, Sub-committee and Commission meetings throughout the week.
From there, the expert committees will put their recommendations and opinions
forward to Council, the final decision making body of World Sailing, where
they will either be approved, rejected or deferred. The meeting of Council on
Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November will be streamed live on World
Sailing’s YouTube Channel.
Mixed in with the Committee meetings will be three open forums on
sustainability, Para World Sailing and the commercial strategy of the sport
where delegates will be able to engage with expert panels. Additionally,
networking opportunities will be available throughout the week at designated
Hot topics of discussion at the 2016 Annual Conference include:
World Sailing’s Events Committee will review the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing
Competition as well as look forward to the upcoming quadrennial. The
Committee will discuss the IOC’s Agenda 2020 recommendations alongside debate
around the events for Tokyo 2020, gender equity, innovation and the
possibility of showcase events. World Sailing’s Council will further
debate Agenda 2020 and World Sailing decisions for Tokyo 2020 but will not
make any decisions at the 2016 Annual Conference.
The Equipment Committee will look into the evolution of Olympic equipment and
receive an update on the developments of the Nacra 17 to a full foiling
configuration. In addition, the Committee will review applications for World
Sailing class status from the Viper 640, International One Design, Nacra 15
and the Neil Pryde CR:X.
The Racing Rules Committee will consider a number of submissions for future
editions of the Rules Book whilst the Race Officials Committee will look into
the strategy and development of international officials.
In total, there will be 13 Committee, 9 Sub-committee and 3 Commission
meetings in advance of Council. All of the agendas are available to view here
World Sailing and Commercial Forums
Three open forums will be streamed live and online during the Annual
Conference on World Sailing’s YouTube Channel here - https://www.youtube.com/user/isafchannel/videos?view=2&sort=dd&shelf_id=11&live_view=502
The Sustainability Forum will open proceedings on Monday 7 November followed
by the Para World Sailing Forum on Tuesday 8 with the Commercial Strategy for
the Sport Forum on Wednesday 9.
The Forums will feature world leading experts and panel discussions,
providing the basis for debate and will include the launch of the new World
Sailing Sustainability and Para World Sailing strategies
Election of Officers
The President and seven Vice-Presidents, two of which must be from each
gender, will be elected at World Sailing's General Assembly on Sunday 13
All full World Sailing Member National Authorities (MNAs) are entitled to be
represented at the General Assembly and to vote for the new President and the
Full details of the eligible candidates, including biographies of each
candidate, stated goals and nominating MNAs, are available to view at: http://www.sailing.org/meetings/generalassembly/election_of_officers.php
The Election of World Sailing Board of Directors is covered in Articles 73-76
of the World Sailing Constitution - http://www.sailing.org/documents/regulations/constitution.php
The voting system to elect the World Sailing Board of Directors is detailed
in World Sailing Regulation 4 - http://www.sailing.org/documents/regulations/regulations.php.
2016 Rolex World Sailor
of the Year Awards
Casa Llotja de Mar will host the 2016 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards
on Tuesday 8 November. The winners will be decided by World Sailing’s Member
National Authorities, attendees on the night and for the first time, the
voting public. The public vote will go live at 12:00 UTC on Friday 4 November
on sailing.org for 72 hours.
Vying for the male title are Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL), Sime Fantela
and Igor Marenic (CRO), Santiago Lange (ARG), Giles Scott (GBR) and Damien
Seguin (FRA). Aiming for the women’s honour will be Marit Bouwmeester (NED),
Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG), Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA), Hannah
Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) and Charline Picon (FRA).
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