Chelsea Football Club, London, Great Britain will host World Sailing delegates from 17-19 May for the 2019 edition of World Sailing’s Mid-Year Meeting.
World Sailing’s Events Committee and Equipment Committee will meet on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May before the Council, the main decision making body of the world governing body, bring the session to a close on Sunday 19 May. An audio and main screen feed of all the meetings will be available on the World Sailing TV YouTube Channel – https://youtube.com/worldsailingtv.
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.
World Sailing’s proposals for governance reform and the events strategy for 2021-2028 will also be discussed alongside three urgent submissions.
Paris 2024 – Selection of Equipment
Three 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, the following 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.
The second process is the selection of new Equipment. For new Events and for those 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.
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.
Governance Commission Update
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 – http://www.sailing.org/news/88596.php#.XNvMA6Z7nE6 – 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.
2021-2028 World Sailing Event Strategy
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.
The paper will be discussed at the Events Committee who will make a recommendation to World Sailing’s Council.
Live streams and Agendas
World Sailing will stream audio and a feed of the primary presentation screen at the Events Committee, Equipment Committee and Council meeting. Local Timings and YouTube URLs are below:
Friday 17 May, 09:30 – 18:00 – Events Committee
Saturday 18 May, 09:30 – 18:00 – Equipment Committee
Sunday 19 May, 09:00 – 18:00 – Council
All Supporting Papers for the Mid-Year Meeting can be accessed by clicking here – http://www.sailing.org/meetings/mid-year-2019.php – followed by ‘Papers’ on the top menu and then ‘Supporting Papers’ on the lower menu.