Events Committee discuss Olympic events in London

The World Sailing’s Events Committee met today at the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting in London, Great Britain with the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition Events at the top of the agenda.

Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition

Ahead of the Mid-Year Meeting, World Sailing’s Council approved an Events Committee recommendation to review the following Events:

Men’s Windsurfer
Women’s Windsurfer
Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavyweight
Men’s Two Person Dinghy
Women’s Two Person Dinghy

The review of the five Events meant that the remaining five Events and their equipment remain unchanged by Council for Paris 2024. These Events and equipment are:

Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser
Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Women’s Skiff – 49erFX
Men’s Skiff – 49er
Mixed Two Person Multihull – Nacra 17

The Events Committee were tasked with reviewing, debating and making a recommendation to World Sailing’s Council on whether to retain the Events under review or if new Events should replace them.

After the 2017 Annual Conference, a 2024 Events & Equipment Working Party was formed to consider and make recommendations to the Events Committee on the 2024 sailing events.

The Working Party conducted an extensive program of work to understand the issues relevant for sailing and the sports events programme in the Olympic Games.

A full report was delivered by Events Committee Chair, Sarah Kenny, and the report is available to read here –[23963].pdf

The working party established that it is in the best interests of the sport to strengthen sailing at the Olympic Games. It was stated that no change is not an option and there must be gender equity in events with two or four mixed events. To achieve these objectives, the Working Party identified three key events that included Windsurfer events, Kiteboarding events and an Offshore Keelboat event.

World Sailing received 59 submissions in advance of the Mid-Year Meeting that proposed recommendations whether events under review should be retained or if new Events should replace them.

The Events Committee heard from delegates who put spoke about their submissions before running through the submissions to establish which ones would receive a proposer and a seconder which would enable them to vote.

Submissions M09, M10, M11, M14, M16, M18, M22, M23, M24, M28, M34, M36, M42, M43, M44, M45, M49, M56, M57 and M61 all received a proposer and a seconder.

A secret ballot was held and Committee members were asked to vote on which Submission they supported. In addition, the first vote allowed members to vote to retain the existing Events and Equipment that will be used at Tokyo 2020.

The first round of votes saw M36 and M45 retained. A run off vote was held between M09, M14, M18, M22, M23, M49 and M57.

M18, M22, M23, M49 and M57 were retained. A run off vote was held between M14 and M23 however this was a tie and Events Committee Chair Sarah Kenny had the casting vote and retained M23.

This subsequently saw another vote between M18, M22, M23, M36, M45, M49 and M57.

M18, M22, M36 and M45 were retained and in the final vote, M36 received more than 50% of the vote and was subsequently approved as the Events Committee recommendation to Council for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Click here to view Submission M36-18.

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Equipment Committee meet at Mid-Year Meeting

The Equipment Committee met on Sunday 13 May at World Sailing’s 2018 Mid-Year Meeting which is being held at Chelsea Football Club in London, Great Britain.

Discussions ranged from class associations applications, safety reporting as well as Paris 2024 Events and Equipment.

Paris 2024 Olympic Events and Equipment

The Committee noted the submissions related to the Paris 2024 Events that were debated by the Events Committee the day prior. Read a recap on their meeting here – They discussed criteria that could be used where new Equipment is required.

World Sailing’s Council will vote on the Events that will be adopted for Paris 2024 when they meet on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 May. If any new Events are selected, the Equipment Committee will review the Equipment for the Events. Evaluation events will be held in 2019 ahead of a final decision by November 2019.

As part of a separate equipment re-evaluation process, World Sailing is reviewing the equipment used for the Men and Women’s One Person Dinghy Events. Should the Men’s and Women’s Windsurfer Events and Equipment be retained, World Sailing will also re-evaluate the Equipment.

The purpose of a re-evaluation is to ensure there is fair and open competition at regular intervals for the equipment for an Olympic Event. This ensures that sailors, Member National Authorities and Olympic teams are receiving a high-quality service and products from manufacturers at competitive prices.

The Equipment Committee reviewed and approved the Olympic Equipment re-evaluation procedure which can be viewed here

World Sailing’s Council will approve the procedure on Monday and Tuesday.

Safety Reporting Portal

As sailing evolves and develops, the risks in the sport are increasing and World Sailing are taking positive steps to protect the sailors and reduce the risks.

At the 2017 Annual Conference, a safety framework was presented which included the creation of a Safety Panel and an incident reporting web portal.

The incident reporting web portal is available here –

The purpose of this is to ensure MNAs, Classes and Rating systems report relevant information regarding incidents occurring in training or racing, in order to share best practice and raise awareness of increasing safety concerns.

The Equipment Committee will recommend to Council that they approve Submission M01-18 which adds a new Regulation 38 to ensure MNAs, Classes and Rating Systems report any incidents they are aware, that fits a set criteria, within 30 days.

Click here to view Submission M01-18 –

From there, the Safety Panel will assess each reported incident. Depending on the seriousness of the incident, they will make a decision on the next steps and whether to investigate further.

The end goal is to reduce the incidents in the sport and increase awareness of best practice. The next step is for World Sailing Committees to make their recommendations by mid-January to refine the framework.

Class Associations Application

At the 2017 Annual Conference, World Sailing received Class Status applications from the Nacra 15 Class and the Diam 24 Class. These were deferred to the Mid-Year meeting.

The worldwide distribution list from both classes was presented today and the Equipment Committee approved the Nacra 15 and deferred the Diam 24 to the 2018 Annual Conference. Council will ratify the decision over the next two days.

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