Published: Monday, 26 September 2016

HM King Constantine and the Election Committee of World Sailing released the full details of the candidates eligible for election as President and Vice-President to its Board of Directors.

World Sailing General Assembly Candidates Named 1

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The President and seven Vice-Presidents, two of which must be from each gender, will be elected at World Sailing's General Assembly in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday Nov 13.

Eligible candidates have been endorsed by at least five World Sailing Member National Authorities with the term of office beginning at the close of the General Assembly, at which the Board of Directors are elected for a period of four years. 

World Sailing's Annual Conference brings together delegates over a seven-day period every first full week of November. It is the central meeting point where the strategy of sailing is reviewed, discussed and celebrated.

Over the seven-day Annual Conference, participants plan for the future, make key decisions to drive the sport forward, share best practice and generate new ideas.

World Sailing General Assembly Candidates Named

The General Assembly will be the conclusion of World Sailing's Annual Conference Nov 4-13 and up to 700 delegates are expected to attend at the Hotel Renaissance Barcelona Fira. 

The General Assembly of World Sailing takes places every four years. It is on this occasion that the World Sailing Board of Directors (President and Vice-Presidents) and members of the World Sailing Council automatically retire.

All full World Sailing Member National Authorities (MNAs) are entitled to be represented at the General Assembly and to vote for the new President and the seven Vice-Presidents.

World Sailing General Assembly Candidates Named 2

MNAs can nominate members for the World Sailing Board of Directors, Council, Committees, Sub-Committees and Commission.

World Sailing President Carlo Croce welcomed nominations from 45 Member National Associations [MNAs] for his re-election as the President of Sailing’s International Federation. Nominations for the position of President have been formally published by World Sailing and show support for Carlo Croce spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania and includes all the leading Sailing nations.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those MNAs who have nominated me to serve a second and final term as World Sailing President. This is a great base‎ for my campaign and I am aware many other MNAs have pledged their vote for my re-election,” says Croce. “My whole life has been shaped by sailing, from the first time I stepped onto a boat as a young boy to my experiences as an Olympic sailor to competing in the Admiral’s Cup and Fastnet Race. I am a sailor through and through and that is why it would be an enormous privilege to be able to continue to serve as World Sailing President and lead the organisation into a new era of opportunity and innovation. 

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“In my Manifesto A New Era for World Sailing, I outlined how I would build on what has already been achieved in my first term as President, by focusing on six key goals for the future to ensure that World Sailing:

­- A global leader in sporting governance
- Becomes a world leader in ocean sustainability
- Embraces innovation to drive the global growth of Sailing
- Establishes one-design standards to ensure athletes are competing fairly
- Consolidates Sailing’s place in the Olympic Games
- Delivers the return of Para Sailing to the Paralympic Games  

“I am confident that, working closely with the World Sailing Board, the ideas I have set out are not only deliverable, they would also herald an exciting era of growth for sailing.  

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"I look forward to speaking to the global sailing family over the coming weeks to listen and exchange views on ensuring our great sport continues to prosper and flourish. There is much at stake when we gather in Barcelona for our General Assembly in November and I am confident of tremendous support to build on the great work of World Sailing‎ going forward." 

The candidates eligible for election at the 2016 General Assembly are:

Presidential Candidates

Kim Andersen (DEN)
Carlo Croce (ITA)
Paul Henderson (CAN) 

Vice-Presidential Candidates

Alain Alcindor (SEY)
Chris Atkins (GBR)
Tomasz Chamera (POL)
Jean-Pierre Champion (FRA)
Jan Dawson (NZL)
Torben Grael (BRA)
Gary Jobson (USA)
Stanislav Kassarov (BUL)
Quanhai Li (CHN)
W Scott Perry (URU)
Tony Philp (FIJ)
Ana Sanchez (ESP)
Malav Shroff (IND)
Nadine Stegenwalner (GER)
David Tillett (AUS) 

Full details of the eligible candidates, including biographies of each candidate, stated goals and nominating MNAs, are available to view at:  

The Election of World Sailing Board of Directors is covered in Articles 73-76 of the World Sailing Constitution -

The voting system to elect the World Sailing Board of Directors is detailed in World Sailing Regulation 4 -

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing