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Brazilian, British and Kiwi crews claim titles in Weymouth…

The Volvo 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Open European Championships have concluded in Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain with Brazilian, British and Kiwi sailors claiming the titles. 49erFX – Brazil win, but Dutch survive pressure to win ticket to Tokyo
Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) took a convincing win in the 49erFX, The greatest interest for the Medal Race was which of the chasing pack would succeed in taking the silver and bronze. There were six teams in contention for the minor medals, but the team that needed to climb on to the podium more than any other were the reigning World Champions from the Netherlands, Annemieke Bekkering and Annette Duetz (NED). On the back foot, after their Dutch rivals won the previous qualification regatta in Italy, the Hempel World Cup Series event in Genoa, Bekkering and Duetz needed to pull out all their experience and ability to withstand pressure as they lined up on the Medal Race start line.
The Dutch won the pin end of the line and cruised off towards the left-hand side in the soft, 6-knot breeze. They reached the windward mark in first place and looked set for a straightforward win until they were beaten to the final windward mark by the Norwegian crew, Helene Næss and Marie Rønningen. The Norwegians held the lead on the last downwind leg and crossed the finish line ahead, sufficient to give the 2018 European Champions the bronze medal. The Dutch held their nerve to cross the line in second place, making them the European Champions (excluding the Brazilians) and earning them a place at next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo. Grinning from ear to ear, Bekkering and Duetzhugged each other in relief at their double victory.
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech of New Zealand finished fourth, one place ahead of the big discovery of the regatta, the 2018 Junior World Champions from Sweden who have flourished at senior level in all conditions this week. Vilma Bobeck and Malin Tengstromwere really fast in the strong wind but getting better by the race in the light winds.
Nacra 17: Saxton and Bonniface ride light air role to pole position
With six boats all within 12 points of the gold medal, this Nacra 17 Medal Race was always going to be a difficult one to predict and a big battle on the water for all teams involved.
One postponed start meant the nerves and anticipation from all the sailors was rising as the wind swung from a steady South Westerly 5-6kts to a very shifty and patchy Northerly 4-6kt breeze. After an hour waiting around on the water, the 10 boat Medal Race fleet finally got underway in some very light and difficult conditions.
Staying true to form in the light winds over the last few days it was Ben Saxton and Nikki Boniface who dominated the race from start to finish, coming off the middle of the line and managing to use their boat speed to control most of the fleet around them – everyone seemed keen on the left-hand side of the track. A commanding lead at the top mark and keeping their cool throughout the race.
The leaders going into the day, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) seemed to falter in their start, struggling to get off the line and being very heavily punished for a slow tack out in the light air. Never managing to recover and coming in ninth meant it was up to the rest of the medal contenders to pounce – and pounce they did. John Gimson and Anna Burnet (GBR) headed into the day in third spot and with a third place in the medal race pulled up into silver medal position overall. A fantastic result for the pair who have made significant strides this winter following a training camp in South America with the current Olympic Champions Santi Lange and Cecilia Carranza (ARG).
The battle for bronze was a hard fought fight. Denmark's Lin Cenholt and CP Lubeck. battled past a couple of boats around the race course to take fourth in the race and sneak just in front of Tita and Banti for third place overall.
49ers: The Kiwis do their work while Brits battle
The final day of the 2019 Volvo European Championships began with one final Gold fleet race for the 49er Men, their 20th race of the week! After a short postponement, the fleet was off in a light Southwesterly in the inner harbour. Great Britain's Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell, who'd moved up into second on the penultimate day of racing, clearly wanted the pin and the left-hand side and were rewarded for their local knowledge with a top spot at the top mark. The other two podium teams, New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke and Spain's Deigo Botin / Iago Marra were well deep at the top mark, with plenty of work to do to catch up during the race to stay in medal contention.
Back in the pack, the Kiwis were able to do their work, climbing steadily throughout the race from a deep 22nd (which would have put Fletcher / Bithell into the overall lead), all the way back to ninth by the finish line, staying on top of the overall podium. Fletcher / Bithell won the race to maintain second overall, while last year's World Championship bronze medallists, Germany's Fisher / Graf, snagged a second second place in a row for the gold fleet racing, but it wasn't enough to move them into the medal race, showing just how tight and close the racing this week has been.
A fifth place in this race for the other Brits Peters / Sterritt moved them into bronze position overall, as the Spaniards weren't able to recover past 17th, and had to eat their previous throwout. The battle was then set for a final Medal Race showdown between these four teams: the Kiwis in the lead, followed by the two Brits and the Spanish.
As the last in the lineup for the Medal Race for the day though, it was not to be. They were sent out at 16:00 after the FX and Nacra Medal Races, but the breeze died to nothing and ultimately, the scores from the morning remained. Rio 2016 Gold Medallists, Burling and Tuke, shortly upon return to the class had thus won the 49er European Championship and the Open European title, with Fletcher and Bithell chomping at their heels in second place and the first Europeans, and Peters and Sterritt coming away with bronze. The home country should be happy with their teams' performance, and the battle is set for a good fight to see who wins British 49er Olympic selection.
Nacra 17 Top 5 – Full Results
1 GBR Ben Saxton, Nicola Boniface 61
2 GBR John Gimson, Anna Burnett 67
3 DEN Lin Cenholt, CP Lubeck 71
4 ITA Ruggero Tita, Caterina Banti 73
5 ARG Mateo Majdalani, Eugenia Bosco 76
49erFX Top 5 – Full Results
1 BRA Martine Grael, Kahena Kunze 76
2 NED Annemiek Bekkering, Annette Duetz 79
3 NOR Helene Næss, Marie Rønningen 83
4 NZL Alex Maloney, Molly Meech 90
5 SWE Vilma Bobeck, Malin Tengstrom 93
49er Top 5 – Full Results
1 NZL Peter Burling, Blair Tuke 72
2 GBR Dylan Fletcher, Stu Bithell 81
3 GBR James Peters, Fynn Sterritt 94
4 ESP Diego Botin, Iago Marra 97
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Rodrigues and Slivova clinch Racebord European titles

Some will remember Raceboard European Championships for the great racing, some for the hospitality of the hosts at Yacht Club Dyje, Nove Mlyny in the Czech Republic and others for the weather. One thing is certain. It will be an event to be remembered. The Raceboard atmosphere is something exceptional on and off the water. Anastazja Lewandowska, the Protest Committee chairperson confirmed this, emphasizing that the sailors were not too keen to protest preferring to solve the problems among themselves.
One thing we've learnt at this event, is something you would never think is true. The European Champion, Joao Rodrigues from Portugal, has never been in a protest. Unbelievable considering Rodrigues competed in every Olympic Games from 1992 to 2016.
So, how will Rodrigues remember the Europeans?
"After the first two days I had a good lead, yesterday I was struggling a bit. I was trying to cover my closest opponents, but the wind was so tricky, and I didn't want to take any chances. I wasn't very happy yesterday to be honest. I wasn't planning my game, I was kind of lost, but today I felt free and the wind increased also, which made life much easier. On the lake, like this, it is very gusty and you really don't know what is going to happen. You have to pay attention and look for signs, but I like these conditions and I like the challenge.
"The weather also played a role. The first two days were really hard, without the gloves, boots and hats we would really struggle. Today the weather is great and I'm glad it is this way, as my last memory will be this one, wind, sun, fine weather.
"How will I remember the event? – Every single time I had some time after the race I was always looking at the castle up the hill. I always like to find something that relaxes me and between races I looked up and thought about the view and what life must have been there centuries ago – and that will be my memory from this event. The castle, can you believe it."
Quite a surprising memory from Joao, who dominated the event finishing ahead of another veteran Olympian Aron Gadorfalvi from Hungary and Borja Carracedo Serra from Spain.
An even more dominant performance was witnessed in the women's fleet where the local hero Jana Slivova won all but one race. Second overall was Aleksandra Blinnikka from Finland and third Vita Matise from Latvia.
You can find videos, photos and full results on the event website https://europeans2019.raceboard.org and the class will be back with more action in July at the Worlds, which will take place in Germany during Warnemuender Woche.
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Scott secures Finn Europeans title as Brazil, Greece, Norway…

Giles Scott secured his third European Finn title in Athens after holding off world champion Zsombor Berecz, from Hungary, on the final day of the Finn Open European Championship. Andy Maloney, from New Zealand, took second overall, while Berecz took third and European Silver. Fifth placed Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands, took the European bronze medal while Joan Cardona, from Spain, won the U23 European title.
It was the day of reckoning in Athens, with two European titles to decide and two places at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after Brazil and Norway qualified earlier in the week. Despite the forecasts of wind in the morning, the sun beat down on a calm Saronic Gulf for most of the day. The cut-off for the warning signal for the Final Race was 15:00 and at 14:30, with signs of wind further offshore, the race team moved position and set a course with a start at 14:55.
Inevitably this was a general recall, which was quickly turned around with a new warning signal at 14:57, with just three minutes left. This start got away cleanly, with a left shift soon after the start.
After losing his Olympic trials on Friday, Pieter-Jan Postma, from The Netherlands, wanted to go out on a high, in his last race in the class, and, judging the port layline perfectly rounded in first and led all the way to claim the race victory, a fitting end to 14 years campaigning the Finn. It was a beautiful and poignant moment when he crossed the line, way ahead of the fleet, a supreme talent in the Finn class and one of the most popular sailors in the fleet.
Behind him the battle for the two places in Tokyo was heating up. Johanes Pettersson, from Sweden sailed a great race to cross in second, while 2016 Rio bronze medalist, Caleb Paine, crossed in third to secure a place for the USA in Tokyo.
Nils Theuninck crossed in ninth thinking he had secured a place for Switzerland in Tokyo but the elation turned to heartbreak when he was later disqualified after a mark rounding incident at the first windward mark. This meant that Ioannis Mitakis, who finished just behind in 12th, took the fourth place available here in Tokyo, for Greece.
So USA and Greece join Brazil and Norway as the four nations that qualified for Tokyo 2020 decided this week. Six more places are available from the continental qualifiers starting with the World Cup in Enoshima in August.
Paine said, "It was a challenging day with the points really close. We had nothing to gain and everything to lose. Fortunately I started in a good spot and it shifted in my direction."
On the regatta, "I struggled on the first beats in this event. I couldn't really catch a break but across the rest of the course definitely had good speed. Improving on that first best strategy is definitely something to work on."
Now USA has qualified for Tokyo, "It's nice to finally get the ball rolling in the right direction."
For Mitakis, the relief at qualifying came after the jury decisions on Theuninck.
"I am really happy qualifying Greece, It was a big goal and nice to happen now so I have plenty of time to prepare myself, or whoever will go, as we have not had the national trials yet."
"I am proud to qualify my country in Greece. It was hard because the wind was not what we expected and not what we are used to and also there was a bit more pressure for everyone as everyone wanted to qualify in Greece."
The medal race started soon after with the possibility of a match race among the front-runners. Maloney escaped to the right soon after the start, which left Scott locked in combat with Berecz. Scott slowed him and inflicted some match racing moves and a penalty to drag them both to the back of the fleet. Berecz had to beat Scott by eight places to take the title, but the title was as good as Scott's from the first mark as they rounded some way behind the fleet.
At the front, Maloney took advantage of this and was soon in the lead to take the race win from Facundo Olezza, from Argentina and Alican Kaynar, from Turkey. Kaynar made a great move at the end to move into third, but it wasn't enough to take the Europeans bronze away from Heiner.
Scott said, "It wasn't really the plan, but the medal race entailed me and Zsombor going at it a little bit, in a bit of match race which was good fun. Fortunately I managed to get the better of him after the first cross."
"Zsombor was the only guy that could beat me, so I felt I had to go and be aggressive. It's never nice sailing someone out of a position they had fought hard to be in but you have to work hard to protect your own position."
But still friends afterwards. "Absolutely. The fleet is great like that. I like to think we are all good sportsmen and respect each other well, and I've also got a lot of respect for the week that Zsombor and Andy have put together. They are very deserving of the medals they got."
On winning his third European title, "It's a great place to be. Winning a third title is amazing, but ultimately it's all about what is happening in 18 months time. Every event and every training is trying to build towards that, so this is one little step along that journey to Tokyo."
"It's great to come here and great to win but always a lot of work to do."
In the U23 European Championship, Joan Cardona took the title after sailing an excellent week and finished as top Spanish sailor, and just two places short of securing a Tokyo place. Second place went to Henry Wetherell, from Britain with Theuninck dropping to third.
It has been a fantastic European Championship in Athens, with great hospitality from everyone. Many of the sailors had been here training through the winter and in the weeks before the championship. The welcome from the Hellenic Sailing Federation and the local people has been amazing, and the sailing base at the Athens International Sailing Center is a perfect location for running a major regatta. It surely has a great future as a major regatta venue.
You can watch all the live converge again and follow the tracking through YouTube and SailRacer. All the links are on the event website 2019.finneuropeans.org.
Final Results (medal race in brackets)
1 GBR 41 Giles SCOTT 48 (10)
2 NZL 61 Andy MALONEY 52 (1)
3 HUN 40 Zsombor BERECZ 61 (9)
4 ARG 48 Facundo OLEZZA 84 (2)
5 NED 89 Nicholas HEINER 97 (8)
6 TUR 21 Alican KAYNAR 98 (3)
7 BRA 109 Jorge ZARIF 111 (4)
8 NZL 24 Josh JUNIOR 111 (6)
9 NOR 1 Anders PEDERSEN 112 (5)
10 GBR 11 Edward WRIGHT 114 (7)
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Paris 2024 decisions made at World Sailing’s 2019 Mid-Year…

World Sailing's Council made key decisions on the Equipment to be used at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition on Sunday 19 May as the Mid-Year Meeting concluded in London, Great Britain. The Laser was selected as the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy, the IKA Formula Kite as the Mixed Kiteboard and the 470 as the Mixed Two Person Dinghy.
A Board of Directors recommendation to select the RS:X as the Men's and Women's Windsurf Equipment was rejected meaning a new proposal will be required and the process on selecting the Equipment for the Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat was also confirmed.
Paris 2024 Equipment
Before Council made its decisions on the Paris 2024 Equipment, the Board of Directors updated Council on its current plans for the Olympic Classes Contract. This included the position on implementing World Sailing's Olympic Equipment Strategy (FRAND) agreed by Council in November 2018. In order to provide certainty for MNAs, sailors and teams, the Board will engage in contractual discussions only until 1 August 2019. If by that time no agreement is reached, the Board will report to Council that no agreement has been concluded and Council will then have to select new Equipment for the relevant Event.
Ahead of the debate, 21 Council members voted in favour of all votes on the Olympic Equipment being held in secret with 20 against. As a result, every vote cast was secret.
Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy
The Laser was selected as the Paris 2024 Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy Equipment, subject to agreement of the Olympic Classes Contract for 2024, following a ballot vote.
Under Regulation 21.1.3 (e), the decision on selecting the Equipment has to be made before 31 December 2019. Council members voted on deferring the selection of the Equipment to the 2019 Annual Conference but this was rejected meaning a decision had to be made in London.
The next step was to vote on the Equipment Committee recommendation to select the RS Aero. Their recommendation was rejected.
The process moved to a ballot and Council members were able to vote on the four boats that were part of the process – the D-Zero, Laser, Melges 14 and RS Aero.
The Laser won in the first round of votes.
For the Men's One Person Dinghy, 36 voted for the Laser and five voted for the RS Aero. The D-Zero and Melges 14 received zero votes and there was one abstention.
For the Women's One Person Dinghy, 37 voted for the Laser and four voted for the RS Aero. The D-Zero and Melges 14 received zero votes and there was one abstention.
Men's and Women's Windsurfer
As the Men's and Women's Windsurfer Equipment is under a re-evaluation procedure, World Sailing's Board of Directors have authority on making recommendations to World Sailing's Council.
The Board of Directors recommendation was to select the RS:X as the Equipment. 19 Council members voted to accept the recommendation, 23 voted to reject and there were zero abstentions.
As a result, the recommendation was rejected.
The Board of Directors will now have to propose a new recommendation to the Council.
Mixed Kiteboard
The Equipment Committee recommended to Council that they should approve the IKA Formula Kite Class as the Equipment for the Mixed Kiteboard Event. Forty Council members voted to approve the recommendation subject to agreement of the Olympic Classes Contract for 2024. One member rejected and one abstained.
Mixed Two Person Dinghy
World Sailing's Council approved the 470, subject to agreement of the Olympic Classes Contract for 2024, as the Equipment for the Mixed Two Person Dinghy following the recommendation from the Equipment Committee. 41 members voted in favour of the 470. One member was against the 470 and there were zero abstentions.
Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat
Submission M01-19, which proposed a way forward with the procedure for selecting the Equipment, was put forward by the Board of Directors in advance of the Mid-Year Meeting and was approved by Council. 39 members were in favour with two rejecting and zero abstentions.
The Submission proposed that World Sailing's Council shall select a list of different Equipment which it considers to meet the key criteria of the event by 31 December 2019 and then make a decision on the Equipment, selecting from the list no later than 31 December 2023.
The Board agreed to amend the date to meet the key criteria of the event from 31 December 2019 to 31 December 2020 which Council approved.
MNAs, Classes and Manufacturers will now be invited to propose Equipment for the list. A Working Party with members from the Equipment Committee, Offshore Committee and Events Committee will evaluate the Equipment against the key criteria and present the recommended list for Council approval in November 2020.
The list will provide event organisers, MNAs and sailors with diverse opportunities to train and compete in Equipment that is tested, readily available and affordable in their continent. Postponing the decision of the Equipment that will be supplied at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition will also promote fair opportunities for all MNAs.
Any changes to the Regulations that Council makes must also be ratified by our Annual General Meeting in November.
Governance Reform Presentation
The Independent Chair of the Governance Commission, Maria Clarke, a sports lawyer and sports governance expert, presented the Board of Directors Proposal for wholesale governance reform of World Sailing.
The Proposal was prepared by World Sailing's Governance Commission after more than a year of consultation, feedback and research with Member National Authorities (MNAs), Class Associations, Council, committee and commission members and the wider sailing community.
Click here for the Proposal – http://www.sailing.org/news/88596.php#.XOF9BaZ7m_W.
Clarke took Council delegates through the proposed reforms and highlighted the need for Council members and World Sailing's stakeholders to provide further feedback as part of the consultation process.
Following a review of that feedback, the Commission will adjust the Proposal as necessary and make its final recommendations to the World Sailing Board, which, if approved, will then prepare and finalise a whole new Constitution for voting on. This is expected to occur at the Annual General Meeting in November 2019.
Events Strategy
Alastair Fox, Director of Events, and Sarah Kenny, Chair of the Events Committee, presented an Events Strategy Working Party report on World Sailing's opportunity to develop a new strategy for 2021 – 2028.
The strategy focused on the requirements for sailors and that it must add value for all of World Sailing's stakeholders with the Olympic Games at its heart.
Three key goals were established to promote sailors progression with a clear regatta structure, ensure a stable regatta calendar with a credible ranking system and to see that Olympic level sailing is promoted to a greater audience to drive participation.
On Thursday 17 May, the Events Committee endorsed the principles of the paper providing similar levels of World Sailing support were provided to class events, that a definition of, and how to become, a top-ranked regatta is established and how to make the events sustainable and cost efficient.
World Sailing's Council approved the Strategy and work will now commence to implement.
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Watch Live – Council – Mid-Year Meeting

World Sailing's Council, the main decision making body of the International Federation, will meet on Sunday 19 May in London, Great Britain. Ahead of the meeting, the Events Committee and Equipment Committee made their recommendations to Council.
Click below for a recap on each meeting:
– Events
– Equipment
The Council will discuss, debate and make their decisions on topics such as Paris 2024 Olympic Equipment and the 2021 – 2020 Events Strategy. The Council agenda is available here – http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/WorldSailingCouncilAgendaMay2019Final-[24907].pdf.
Live audio and a stream of the primary screen will be available to watch below:
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Equipment Committee make recommendations on Paris 2024 Equipment

World Sailing's Equipment Committee met on Saturday 18 May at the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting in London, Great Britain. The Equipment to be used at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition was at the top of the agenda and the Committee debated the subject at length before voting on what recommendations they will put forward to World Sailing's Council on Sunday 19 May.
Paris 2024 Equipment
Three Events and Equipment were confirmed for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition ahead of the Mid-Year Meeting with Equipment decisions to be made for the remaining seven Events. At the 2018 Annual Conference, the following Events were approved:
Men's Windsurfer – RS:X*
Women's Windsurfer – RS:X*
Men's One Person Dinghy – TBC
Women's One Person Dinghy – TBC
Mixed Kiteboard – TBC
Mixed Two Person Dinghy – TBC
Women's Skiff – 49erFX
Men's Skiff – 49er
Mixed Two Person Multihull – Nacra 17
Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat – TBC
*subject to ongoing equipment re-evaluation
The Men's and Women's Windsurfer were put under the re-evaluation process. The authority for the re-evaluation procedure is World Sailing's Board of Directors who shall make the final recommendations to World Sailing's Council.
The second process is the selection of new Equipment. For new Events and for those where the outcome of an earlier re-evaluation is to select Equipment.
Events under this process include the Mixed Two Person Dinghy, the Mixed Kiteboard, the Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat and the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy following its re-evaluation.
World Sailing's Equipment Committee moved straight into the debate on Paris 2024 Equipment and agreed that votes for their recommendations to World Sailing's Council would be secret.

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Watch Live – Equipment Committee – Mid-Year Meeting

The Equipment Committee will meet on Saturday 18 May at World Sailing's 2019 Mid-Year Meeting in London, Great Britain. The meeting is the second of three in London. The Events Committee met on Friday 17 May. A full meeting wrap up is available here – http://www.sailing.org/news/88640.php#.XN-6yaZ7m_U. Sunday will see the meeting of the Council, the main decision making body of World Sailing.
Paris 2024 Equipment will be hotly debated by the Equipment Committee. Read more on the topic here – http://www.sailing.org/news/88613.php#.XN-75qZ7m_U.
Click here for the agenda – http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/AGDEQMidyear2019final-[24941].pdf
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Strategy, Paris 2024 and Youth discussed at Events Committee…

World Sailing's Events Committee met at the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting in London, Great Britain on Friday 17 May, discussing a wide range of topics from Paris 2024 Equipment, Events Strategy and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. An audio and main screen feed of the session is available to watch back here – https://youtu.be/1QadrbJtudg.
2021 – 2028 Events Strategy
Ahead of the meeting, an Events Strategy Working Party put forward a recommendation paper to the Events Committee on World Sailing's opportunity to develop a new strategy for 2021 – 2028.
The strategy focused on the requirements for sailors and that it must add value for all of World Sailing's stakeholders with the Olympic Games at its heart.
Three key goals were established to promote sailors progression with a clear regatta structure, ensure a stable regatta calendar with a credible ranking system and to see that Olympic level sailing is promoted to a greater audience to drive participation.
Click here for the 2021-2028 World Sailing Event Strategy recommendation paper.
A lengthy debate on the paper was held and the Events Committee endorsed the principles of the paper providing similar levels of World Sailing support were provided to class events, that a definition of, and how to become, a top-ranked regatta is established and how to make the events sustainable and cost efficient.
Competition formats were also touched on and a variety of ideas, from first past to post wins gold to the traditional Medal Race to a top four shoot-out, were presented and discussed. The Events Committee recommended that Class Associations continue to test new formats and ideas and report back.
The paper will go to World Sailing's Council, the main decision-making body, on Sunday 19 May for further debate before a final decision is made.
Paris 2024
The Events Committee are responsible for recommending changes to World Sailing's Council on Olympic Events. At the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting and 2018 Annual Conference, lengthy debates were held by the Committee before they made their recommendations.
At the 2018 Annual Conference, the following Events were approved:
Men's Windsurfer – RS:X*
Women's Windsurfer – RS:X*
Men's One Person Dinghy – TBC
Women's One Person Dinghy – TBC
Mixed Kiteboard – TBC
Mixed Two Person Dinghy – TBC
Women's Skiff – 49erFX
Men's Skiff – 49er
Mixed Two Person Multihull – Nacra 17
Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat – TBC
*subject to ongoing equipment re-evaluation
Dina Kowalyshyn, Chair of the Equipment Committee, gave the Events Committee an update on the progress the Committee and Evaluation Panels have made on selecting the Equipment.
The Events Committee noted the reports and stressed the importance of universality, youth appeal, media appeal and costs. The Equipment Committee meeting on Saturday 18 May will see the Committee make their recommendations on the Paris 2024 Equipment to Council.
A full status update is available here – http://www.sailing.org/news/88613.php#.XNvAhKZ7lTY.
Youth Events
Cory Sertl, Chair of the Youth Events Sub-committee, presented the overall strategy of sailing in the Youth Olympic Games and the Youth Sailing World Championships.
The youth events provide a pathway to the Olympic Games and elite events as well as developing best practices for the health of the sport and long term participation.
Sertl touched on some of the challenges the youth events have faced in recent times including levels of instability with venue changes, uncertainty of Olympic Equipment and Events and new issues such as gender identification.
The Youth Events Sub-committee is researching these issues in a bid to provide more stability in the future.
Several opportunities around the Youth Sailing World Championships were also identified, notably modernisation of Equipment and boosting the participation of females in the sport.
Reports
Alastair Fox, Director of Events, gave a full update of preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition. Fox touched on the field of play, broadcast operations, current sport issues and the upcoming test event.
Just over one year ago, The Hague, The Netherlands, was awarded the 2022 Sailing World Championships. The event will take place in August 2022 and will include World Championships for Olympic and Para World Sailing classes. In the early stages of its planning, the Events Committee will make recommendations on quotas at the 2019 Annual Conference.
Fox also gave an update on the Hempel World Cup Series, summarising the achievements of the series this season as well as identifying areas of improvement.
World Sailing's Equipment Committee will meet on Saturday 18 May. Paris 2024 Equipment will be the major talking point of the day and the committee will produce recommendations to Council. More information on the process is available here – http://www.sailing.org/news/88630.php#.XN7Z36Z7m_U.
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