Planning for Paris 2024 at World Sailing Mid-Year Meeting

The 2019 edition of World Sailing’s Mid-Year Meeting, one of two events during the year wherein the public can witness the processes of the organisation, will have World Sailing delegates in action May 17-19 at Chelsea Football Club in London, Great Britain.

Leading up to the meeting, the selection of Equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition has been a major talking point with decisions to be made in London and then in Bermuda at the Annual Conference in November 2019.

World Sailing’s Events Committee and Equipment Committee will meet on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, before the Council, the main decision making body of the world governing body, brings the session to a close on Sunday May 19.

World Sailing’s proposals for governance reform and the events strategy for 2021-2028 will also be discussed alongside three urgent submissions. Here’s a breakdown of what is to be the highlights:

Three of the ten events and equipment have been confirmed for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition with Equipment decisions to be made for the remaining seven events. At the 2018 Annual Conference in November, the following ten 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. Click here for the Men’s and Women’s Windsurfer Equipment Re-evaluation Board Recommendation to Council.

The second process is the selection of new equipment. For new events, and for those events where the outcome of an earlier re-evaluation is to select equipment, World Sailing’s Equipment Committee will make a recommendation to Council.

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.

For all events, except for the Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat, the reports and recommendations from the appointed Evaluation Panels to the Equipment Committee will be reviewed at World Sailing’s Mid-Year Meeting in May.

Click below for the Evaluation Panel reports:
Mixed Kiteboard
Mixed Two Person Dinghy
Men’s and Women’s One Person Dinghy

A verbal report will be given on the Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat and Submission M01-19 from the Board proposes to Council a new way forward with the procedure for selecting this Equipment.

For further information on the selection of equipment for Paris 2024, click here (

World Sailing’s Board of Directors approved and published for consultation its proposal for wholesale governance reform of the world governing body earlier this month. Click here ( for further information and to read the proposal.

Maria Clarke, Independent Chair of the Governance Commission, will present to World Sailing’s Council and consider any issues that require further consideration in advance of the proposal going forward to delegates at the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

In the build-up to the Mid-Year Meeting, an Event Strategy Working Party have been working on World Sailing’s Event Strategy for 2021-2028.

With the Olympic venues determined for Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028, the goal of the strategy is to focus on the requirements for all sailors, add value for all stakeholders and promote the world’s top sailors.

Click here to view the recommendation on the 2021-2028 World Sailing Event Strategy. The paper will be discussed at the Events Committee who will make a recommendation to World Sailing’s Council.

World Sailing will stream audio and a feed of the primary presentation screen at the Events Committee, Equipment Committee and Council meeting. Timings (London) and YouTube URLs are below:

Friday May 17, 09:30 – 18:00 – Events Committee
Live stream

Saturday May 18, 09:30 – 18:00 – Equipment Committee
Live stream

Sunday May 19, 09:00 – 18:00 – Council
Live stream

Submission M01-19
Submission M02-19
Submission M03-19

Supporting Papers
Click here ( for all Supporting Papers for the Mid-Year Meeting, followed by ‘Papers’ on the top menu and then ‘Supporting Papers’ on the lower menu.

Source: World Sailing

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