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Once again, the world body has made some eyebrow-raising decisions, including re-valuating the Laser and Laser Radial, arguably the most sailed dinghy in the world.

Five new events were confirmed for Paris, being Men's Windsurfer, Women's Windsurfer, Mixed One-Person Dinghy, Mixed Two Person Dinghy and Mixed Kiteboard, while the Laser is still under review.

This will be the first World Championship for offshore boats held in the United States since the IMS World Championship in 2000.

Brouwer and Riou were joint winners for their role in Dongfeng's Volvo Ocean Race victory.

Out of more than 500 sailors on the list, there are 29 new names, reflecting the growth of the class in the past year.

The refurbished club laps up more of the view over yachts’ masts and across the harbour than before.

The delegates discussed the concept of 'day zero' which means that the moment sailors go through equipment inspection, they are accountable for their actions.

Delegates will review and discuss the strategy of sailing and make key decisions that influence the future of the sport.

Out of 17 nominations, Dongfeng Race Team (CHN), TeamNL Sailing Team (NED), Team Beau Geste (HKG) and Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) were shortlisted.

Finport had to desperately hold off the challenge by the Bing Lee team of Micah Lane, Dan Phillips and Nathan Edwards to take the victory by just 6s.

What looked to be a strong southerly, faded through the day, leaving the 12ft skiffs wearing the wrong rigs.

Sydney sailor Martin Hill only joined the Etchells fleet seriously last year and has won the World’s by a 17-point margin against a class field.

Tasmanian sailors felt the full brunt of a 30 plus knot south-westerly in Hobart – a dismasting and a man overboard and gear damage ended the day for five boats.

Dorron has assembled a quality team of experience and youth in Paul Montague and Harry Bethwaite - and the team is confident of their chances this season.

The new dates provide the opportunity for Olympic Class sailors to participate in three major regattas in the Mediterranean over a 5-week period.