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Published: Wednesday, 02 November 2016

World Sailing's sustainability strategy as well as a number of keynote speeches from industry experts will be presented live from the Sustainability Forum in Barcelona, Spain on World Sailing's YouTube channel Nov 7. 

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(Photos: Sailing Energy / World Sailing - Sailing World Cup Qingdao & Paralympics 2016)

Follow live from 14:30 – 18:00 local time, 13:30-17:00 UTC on Monday Nov 7 via https://youtu.be/xIzvmfzF9MI

World Sailing Chief Executive Officer Andy Hunt will present the Sustainability Strategy to delegates in attendance as well as those watching online. Further keynote speeches will be delivered by: 

- Jill Savery – Sustainability Advisor and Consultant. Savery is the Co-Editor of Sustainability and Sport and was the Head of Sustainability for the America's Cup Event Authority at the 34th America's Cup, where she was responsible for delivering zero waste, carbon neutral and sustainable event activities.

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- Susie Thomson – Sustainability Manager at Team BAR and World Sailing consultant. Thomson established Earth to Ocean Ltd in 2009, now part of the PCSG group delivering sustainability advice to major events and high-performance teams.

- Julia Palle – Sustainability Manager at the FIA Formula E Championship. Palle specialises in reducing the carbon footprint of the Championship and ensuring that the events leave a positive impact on the cities they visit.

- Anne-Cecile Turner – Founder of Blueshift Sustainability Consultancy. Turner is currently the Sustainability Programme Leader for the Volvo Ocean Race and has developed programmes for the Geneva Marathon, Extreme Sailing Series and a number of international brands.

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A panel session chaired by Broadcaster Alec Wilkinson with the keynote speakers will draw the Forum to a close and those watching online will be encouraged to get involved with the discussions by using the 2016 Annual Conference hashtag, #OurSustainableFuture, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"The Sustainability Forum will enable delegates to explore how to maximise the impact of World Sailing's vision and mission, all of which can be captured in a simple message: sport, technology and nature in perfect harmony,” comments Hunt. "Sailors have a collective desire to be guardians of the oceans and we hope that those in attendance and watching online seize the opportunities available, join the debate and look to work together to make positive change.”

The future of Paralympic sailing will be mapped out at World Sailing's 2016 Annual Conference at the Para World Sailing Forum on Tuesday Nov 8 in Barcelona, Spain.

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Set to be streamed live on World Sailing's YouTube Channel, the Forum will see the Para World Sailing Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 formally presented by Para World Sailing Manager Massimo Dighe and will be followed shortly after with the release of the plan on sailing.org.

People will be able to follow the Para World Sailing Forum from 14:30-17:30 local time, 12:30-15:30 UTC on Tuesday Nov 8 on World Sailing's YouTube Channel via https://youtu.be/04KcbRrpYVo.

"When sailing was removed from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Sports Programme in January 2015, we were deeply saddened and disappointed as Paralympic sailing allows a multitude of disabilities to compete on an equal basis,” says Dighe, a London 2012 Paralympic athlete. "Action needed to be taken and through the collaborative work within the Para World Sailing Committee and the wider sailing community the strategic goals set out a clear vision for Paralympic sailing.

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"The strategic goals that we will outline at the conference to delegates in attendance and those watching around the world will allow World Sailing to put a strong bid together for re-introduction of sailing into the Paralympic Sports Programme for 2024 in the spring of 2018."

Joining Dighe during the Para World Sailing Forum will be several keynote speakers including Reinstate Founder Geoff Holt MBE, Külli Haav from Noblessner Yachtclub Sailing School in Estonia, RYA CEO Sarah Treseder and Emma Hallén from Trim the Sails Foundation in Sweden).

In addition, an interactive Q&A session will bring the Forum to a close and those watching online will be encouraged to engage with the specialist panel by submitting their questions via social media. 

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At World Sailing's 2016 Annual Conference, the governing body will be laying down plans for a healthy sustainable future for the sport, as well as the more specific subject of sustainability in the waters of the world.

The Para World Sailing Forum is one of three open forums to be streamed live and online during the 2016 Annual Conference: Our Sustainable Future. The Sustainability Forum will open proceedings on Monday Nov 7, followed by the Para World Sailing Forum on Tuesday Nov 8 with the Commercial Strategy for the Sport Forum on Wednesday Nov 9.

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The dialogue and engagement of the 2016 Annual Conference will be centred on an overarching theme of, 'Our Sustainable Future.' Sailing will be laying down plans for a healthy sustainable future for the sport, as well as the more specific subject of sustainability in the waters of the world. 

The Forums will feature world-leading experts and panel discussions, providing the basis for debate around sustainability across multiple facets of the sport.

By Daniel Smith - World Sailing

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