Published: Monday, 16 November 2015

A two-day meeting of the ISAF Council followed by the Annual General Meeting drew the 2015 Annual Conference (Nov 7-14) to a close in Sanya, China.

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(ISAF President Carlo Croce, ISAF Vice President Quanhai Li with conference organisers) 

More than 500 delegates met on the Chinese island of Hainan to make the decisions that will shape the future of sailing. The meeting of ISAF Council, the final decision-making body of ISAF, voted on the recommendations made by the ISAF committees throughout the week.

ISAF President Carlo Croce delivered his report to the ISAF Council touching on the spirit within the current ISAF Executive Committee as well as the goals of the federation.

ISAF Vice President Nazli Imre gave an overview of the activity within training and development at ISAF. The 2015 Emerging Nations Program was viewed as a success with five continental clinics bringing in 105 sailors and 48 coaches from 38 nations. As a result of spreading the sport, the 2015 Youth Worlds is set to be a record breaker. Sailors from 80 nations will head to Langkawi this December, smashing the previous record of 67 nations.

ISAF Vice President Gary Jobson gave an overview of the committees he covers including Racing Rules and the Oceanic and Offshore Committee as well as giving an update on the marketing and media activities. Jobson also spoke about the live TV at the World Cup events throughout 2015 and outlined the plans to push ahead for further live coverage in 2016 building up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

ISAF Technical Delegate Alastair Fox and Rio 2016 Sailing Manager Walter Boddener presented on the Olympic Sailing Competition.

Fox spoke about the competition schedule, race officials, pollution concerns and lessons learned from the test event in August. Boddener gave an update on the Marina da Gloria that is recently undergoing renovations. The handover is expected in April 2016 and ready for competition. Flamengo Park, next to Marina da Gloria, will also make up part of the venue.

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In other business, three new members were welcomed into ISAF. The Nicaragua Federation of Sailing, St Vincent, and the Grenadines Sailing Association were welcomed as full members of ISAF with the Anguilla Sailing Association becoming an associate member. The Montserrat Yachting Association resigned as an ISAF associate member.

The 2015 Annual Conference was also the final opportunity for the Equipment Committee and the Racing Rules Committee to review submissions relating to the 2017-2020 versions of the Equipment and Racing Rules of Sailing.

A large number of submissions were received in advance of the conference and the expert committees made their recommendations to ISAF Council. Several of the recommendations were approved and now the hard work begins for the changes to be implemented in time for the publication of the rules books in 2016.

The next ISAF meeting will be the Mid-Year Meeting in Milan, Italy next May with the 2016 Annual Conference taking place in a European destination to be confirmed (Nov 5-13).

Full details of all the decisions made at the Annual Conference will be available on the ISAF website in the next few weeks.

The ISAF President’s report is available to view on the ISAF website here -