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After three days of meetings, ISAF Council drew the conference to a close today as they made the final decisions that will affect the sport moving forward.

Council voted that in favour of the Equipment Committee doing everything reasonably possible to get a report in sufficient time for ISAF Council’s consideration in May’s Mid-Year meeting, a submission, if appropriate, to select the Olympic Equipment proposed for evaluation.

Kiteboarding trials will also be held early next year to evaluate the possible inclusion into the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition and future ISAF events.

ISAF Council agreed to run the new single ISAF Sailing World Rankings for sailors competing in Olympic class events, based on a 12 month period, alongside existing rankings to give time for testing before going live after the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships will head to a new territory in 2015 after ISAF Council voted in favour of Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, subject to a successful site visit and satisfactory contractual arrangements. Busan, Korea was also approved to host the 2013 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship subject to a successful site visit and satisfactory contractual arrangements.

Kiteboarding development will continue to move along after Council voted in favour of including the discipline in the ISAF Learn to Sail Training Programme Document and to recognise National Kiteboard Training programmes through the ISAF Recognised Training accreditation inspections.

Council approved the Equipment Committee recommendations to grant ISAF Class status to the RS:One subject to them signing the ISAF Class agreement and satisfactory building specification. The Soto 40 was also granted ISAF Class status.

ISAF Council agreed with all recommendations from the Equipment Committee on submissions about Equipment Rules of Sailing and a large block of amendments to the Racing Rules of Sailing recommended by the Racing Rules Committee. The approved recommendations affecting the current Racing Rules will be published in due course with those affecting the new Racing Rules of Sailing set to be incorporated into the new book which will be finalised by May 2012.

ISAF President Göran Petersson concluded the Council meeting by paying tribute to the host city San Juan and presented the host Member National Authority, Federacion de Vela de Puerto Rico with a crystal decanter as a tribute.

Next year the ISAF Annual Conference heads to Dun Laoghaire, Ireland making it a double header for the venue as it plays host to the 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds from 12-21 July.

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.

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2nd November 2011

On Thursday 3 November, the world of sailing will gather in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the 2011 ISAF Annual Conference.

ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members will travel from around the globe to San Juan where they will be joined by ISAF Member National Authorities, sailors, event organisers, class associations, boat manufacturers and many more. Those in attendance will discuss, debate, make recommendations and decisions on the issues and policies that will take sailing forward into 2012.

This year the events for the 2013-2016 ISAF Sailing World Cup will be announced as well as key discussions on a wide range of other matters including piracy, sailing rankings, racing rules and events.

During the first week of the Conference, all Submissions are discussed at a series of Committee meetings ranging from Audit to Windsurfing. Committees consider Submissions relevant to their area of expertise and pass their recommendations to the ISAF Council. At their meetings, Committees also consider other areas relevant to them, such as venue selection for future ISAF events and reports on recent events through to Race Official appointments.

At the end of the Conference, the ISAF Council hold their meeting over three days chaired by President, Göran Petersson. It is at this meeting that Council make the final decisions on all submissions. Along with the President, the Council is made up of seven Vice-Presidents, two Officers of Honour (non-voting), the Treasurer (non-voting), twenty-eight appointed members (representing each of the regional groups of sailing nations), and representatives of the Oceanic and Offshore Committee, ISAF Classes Committee, Athletes’ Commission (non-voting) and Women's Forum. This ensures that the views of sailing worldwide are taken in to consideration in the decision making process. After reviewing and taking in to consideration all the Committee recommendations Council will decide whether each Submission is accepted, rejected or deferred for further consideration. It is then the job of the ISAF Executive Committee to put the decisions into practice working with the ISAF Secretariat team.

To find out more about the ISAF Annual Conference and to view papers and submissions see here.



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