Last night it was third time lucky for Australian Olympic 470 gold medallist Matthew Belcher who, after three consecutive years of nomination, finally won the men’s ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award. He was commended by King Constantine of Greece alongside fellow 470 sailors Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie from New Zealand who scooped the award in the female category.
The Awards took place last night as part of the ISAF Annual Conference which, following the success of the Dublin Conference last year, is being held in Muscat, Oman. Now at the mid-way point, there are only two further days of committee work before ISAF Council (with John Crebbin as Ireland’s representative) will meet to consider the submissions from the week.
The main focus areas for the Irish delegates in attendance has been planning for the Women’s Match Racing Worlds being hosted in RCYC next summer, the format and development of a legacy for the Youth Worlds following the spectacular event held in Dun Laoghaire in 2012, the development of ISAF training programmes and the mapping of a coaching framework to facilitate cross fertilisation of instructors between countries. Other areas being addressed by the Irish delegation include the selection of equipment for the Olympic Games, the racing rules of sailing, the development of race management programmes worldwide and the merging of the International Federation of Disabled Sailing with ISAF.
All Irish delegates adhere to the ISA’s Strategy for Representation on International Committees which is available to view here