Bryony Shaw (GBR) and Louis Giard (FRA) Won The 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final In Abu Dhabi

Bryony Shaw (GBR) converted her outstanding week of racing into ISAF Sailing World Cup Final gold on the final day of racing in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The British racer has been flawless throughout the series and took a 16 point lead into the Medal Race. The Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist put in an assured, astute performance coming through in second to claim the honours.

“I am really pleased that I’ve had such a convincing win here,” said Shaw with a beaming smile. “It’s been a tough year in that I keep missing out on the podiums. I managed to win in Miami back in the beginning of the year. This being the end of the year it’s nice to be back on top of the podium and I hope I can take that momentum into next year.”

Charline Picon (FRA) had an outside chance of taking gold but knew she would have to force Shaw towards the back of the back and take a win. The pair went head to head as Shaw explained, “There was some really shifty and puffy wind on the first beat and I was keeping my eye on the French girl and I matched her every move which was quite fun. The two of us managed to get the best pressure up the first beat and rounded in first and fourth. I was leading the race and then one of the Chinese girls was sailing a good race and overtook me. I then maintained second all the way round and kept the French girl behind me.

“I just went in with a clear strategy and had an eye on my main rival.”

Picon fought hard to catch Shaw but also had to keep an eye on Blanca Manchon (ESP) who was in third and within touching distance. “I had a good battle with Bryony but I had to keep in front of Blanca to keep silver,” said Picon. “I did a good job by doing that at the start and then I attacked Bryony. But she raced well finishing second with me third so she took gold and I took silver.”

The French racer claimed her first world title a few months ago and came into Abu Dhabi with a reduced training schedule. With minimal time on the water she was buoyed by her performance, “Since the Worlds I only had six days of training. Coming here to discover a new country I did some good work at the start but I didn’t race well so silver is okay.”

Manchon completed the podium whilst the Medal Race victory went the way of Manjia Zheng (CHN) who finishes fourth.

1. Bryony Shaw (GBR) – 23 pts.
2. Charline Picon (FRA) – 41 pts.
3. Blanca Manchon (ESP) – 58 pts.
4. Manjia Zheng (CHN) – 62 pts.
5. Hei Man Hayley Victoria Chan (HKG) – 65 pts.
6. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka (POL) – 69 pts.
7. Qiaoshan Weng (CHN) – 80 pts.
8. Flavia Tartaglini (ITA) – 83 pts.
9. Laura Linares (ITA) – 88 pts.
10. Jiahui Wu (CHN) – 89 pts.
Full results …

Louis Giard (FRA) took a single point lead over Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) into the Men’s RS:X Medal Race and did exactly what was needed to claim gold by taking the race victory.

The young Frenchman has excelled in Abu Dhabi and knew he had to beat Kokkalanis across the line to take the honours. He covered Kokkalanis at the start to edge in front and as the race played out he was able to extend. He made it look seamless with a relaxed approach and said, “Maybe that’s the secret. The first day I was like this and it worked very well. Yesterday was difficult for me; I had the yellow jersey so I had some extra pressure on my shoulders. I relaxed today and knew in these conditions I could do something great.

“I am super happy. It’s my first win in the senior fleet so it was a really good day for me. Some of them have some Olympic medals so I tried to have fun and sail well without pressure and enjoy the fact that I am racing in Abu Dhabi. It is a great place and the organisation was perfect. It was a pleasure.”

Kokkalanis came through in third which was enough for silver and he heaped praise on his young competitor after racing, “What can I say? He was really good in this competition. He had one bad day yesterday but today he was really solid. He had a good start and he just had to cover me. That is exactly what he did. He sailed correctly and followed the gusts and he really deserves his gold medal. He was surprisingly good in this competition.

“I feel satisfied to finish the season with one more medal. Having a medal here is really important and I feel happy about it.”

Nick Dempsey sailed astutely to pick up a fifth which gave him bronze.

Top 10 RS:X MEN
1. Louis Giard (FRA) – 28 pts.
2. Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) – 33 pts.
3. Nick Dempsey (GBR) – 46 pts. 
4. Aichen Wang (CHN) – 55 pts.
5. Piotr Muszka (POL) – 57 pts.
6. Pawel Tarnowski (POL) – 58 pts.
7. Julien Bontemps (FRA) – 71 pts.
8. Pierre le Coq (FRA) – 74 pts.
9. Toni Wilhelm (GER) – 75 pts.
10. Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) – 94 pts.
Full results …

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Race Highlights
Day 1 – Part 1
Day 1 – Part 2
Medal Race – RS:X Women
Medal Race – RS:X Men (and Finn)

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Fearless Giard Takes Three In A Row – The Second Day In Abu Dhabi

France’s Louis Giard put in a fearless display in the Men’s RS:X on the second day of racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Frenchman is one of the youngest competitors in the experienced pack of elite athletes and picked up three race victories to take the lead on another glamorous day in Abu Dhabi.

It was perfect for me,” beamed Giard ashore after racing, “I scored three bullets so it was a really good day. I made good choices. Sometimes everything goes perfectly and that was certainly the case today, it was perfect. The conditions were great, sunny, a bit of wind and I’m really enjoying this week. Tomorrow I will try to keep up with the same spirit.

With an abundance of Olympians within the fleet the youngster certainly isn’t daunted when going up against the best of the best. Blasting his way around the race track to take three excellent victories he is showing no sign of lacking big race knowledge, “It’s sometimes a bit inconvenient when you have less experience but sometimes you just have ‘young power’ and you’re fearless.

“You feel like you have more power and it’s just about enjoying it and not allowing any extra pressure.”

The young gun has a nine point lead over ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao gold medallist Byron Kokkalanis (GRE). Overnight leader Pawel Tarnowski (POL) was up and down on the race track, taking a 6-11-6 scoreline and drops to third overall.

Top 5 RS:X MEN after the second racing day
1. Louis Giard (FRA) – 7 pts.
2. Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) – 16 pts.
3. Pawel Tarnowski (POL) – 17 pts.
4. Aichen Wang (CHN) – 25 pts.
5. Nick Dempsey (GBR) – 28 pts.
Full results …

It was another great day for Bryony Shaw (GBR) as she added two more race victories to the three she worked hard for on the opening day.

The British racer has been revelling in Abu Dhabi, enjoying the conditions and the culture, and has duly been rewarded by dominating the 18-boat fleet.

Shaw started the day with a 12th place finish, which she discards but she found rhythm in Race 5. Shaw took an early lead and rounded the first mark well ahead of the chasing pack. Hei Man Chen (HKG) looked to catch up with Shaw, progressing up from ninth to second. Unfortunately for the Hong Kong racer it was little too late as she ended up 20 seconds shy of Shaw at the finish.

The Bryony then fended off charges from Charline Picon (FRA) and Flavia Tartaglini (ITA) in the final race of the day but held strong to take her fifth race win of the regatta and with it, a healthy lead.

Shaw tops the pile on five points with Picon trailing on 21 in second. Italy’s Laura Linares is third on 28 points.

Top 5 RS:X WOMEN after the second racing day
1. Bryony Shaw (GBR) – 5 pts.
2. Charline Picon (FRA) – 21 pts. Qiaoshan Weng (CHN) – 5 pts.
3. Laura Linares (ITA) – 28 pts.
4. Blanca Manchon (ESP) – 29 pts.
5. Hei Man Hayley Victoria Chan (HKG) – 31 pts.
Full results …

Racing in the RS:X resumes at 12:00 local time on Saturday 29 November.

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Day 1 – Part 2

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Dominant Shaw Steals The Women’s RS:X Show at ISAF SWC Final in Abu Dhabi

Great Britain’s Bryony Shaw stole the show in the Women’s RS:X taking three consecutive race victories to hold a steady lead over her rivals at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The British racer, who won bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, was in exceptional form, mastering the conditions and ruling the waves on one of the outside course areas.

We were out on Course C today so we had quite a bit of swell and waves,” said Shaw. “The wind was between 10 and 13 knots and I was pleased to be sailing fast.

Shaw proved to be a class above the rest as she read the conditions perfectly to lead at the first mark in all of the races as she explained, “I got a good start in the first race but not such a good start in the second race. The wind had just started flicking to the right so I made a gain from going to the right in that race. The first two races I rounded first and was able to extend my lead.

In the last race we had lighter winds. I had a great start by the committee boat and really good height and speed and managed to round first again. It was quite a physical race that one. I kept it quite simple and stayed between my competitors and the mark and managed to win that third race. It was a really good day.

With 270 sailors from 38 nations competing in Abu Dhabi, the British sailor is just one of many competitors who are revelling in the Emirati capital. With a blend of old traditions in a modern metropolis there is plenty for the sailors to learn and enjoy, both on and off the water, “I’ve tried to immerse myself in the culture and we’ve been going out for dinners and the people here seem really friendly,” added Shaw.

The conditions today were fantastic. To be sailing out there in board shorts and for it to be warm, sunny and to be sailing in planing conditions is the best for windsurfing. I’ve had a great time here so far. It’s been a short regatta for them to try and set up but it’s going well.

China’s Qiaoshan Weng is second overall following a third, second and a discarded 14th. Charline Picon (FRA), 2014 Women’s RS:X World Champion, is third overall after an up and down day that included a second, a fourth and a discarded 14th place finish.

Top 5 RS:X WOMEN after the first racing day
1. Bryony Shaw (GBR) – 2 pts.
2. Qiaoshan Weng (CHN) – 5 pts.
3. Charline Picon (FRA) – 6 pts.
4. Blanca Manchon (ESP) – 8 pts.
5. Kamila Smektala (POL) – 10 pts.
Full results …

Youngsters Pawel Tarnowski (POL) and Louis Giard (FRA) are showing their experienced counterparts how to race in Abu Dhabi as they top the bill in the Men’s RS:X fleet.

Tarnowski, 20-years-old, stormed into the lead following an exceptional day on the water. He amassed two race wins and a third and holds a two point advantage over Giard, 21-years-old, who took a pair of seconds and a third.

The youngsters lead their more experienced rivals but only time will tell if they are able to continue it through for a podium finish on Sunday 30 November.

Top 5 RS:X MEN after the first racing day
1. Pawel Tarnowski (POL) – 2 pts.
2. Louis Giard (FRA) – 4 pts.
3. Piotr Muszka (POL) – 6 pts.
4. Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) – 7 pts.
5. Toni Wilhelm (GER) – 8 pts.
Full results …

RS:X racing resumes on 28 November in the Emirati capital from 12:00 local time.

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Race Highlights
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Day 1 – Part 2

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Elite RS:X Fleets For ISAF Sailing World Cup Final In Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE will welcome the world’s finest and fastest windsurfers from 26-30 November for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final with Olympic medallists and world champions aplenty in the 20-boat Men’s and Women’s RS:X fleets.

It’s a who’s who in the Men’s and Women’s RS:X packs with multiple Olympians and medallists who have performed and proven themselves at the highest level of the sport.

14_SWC_AbuDhabi_RSXWMontage_1000France’s Charline Picon has been head and shoulders above her competitors in the Women’s RS:X throughout 2014, winning all the key regattas when the pressure is on.

Picon dominated the fleet at the Europeans, Olympic Test Event and Worlds and will be looking to add ISAF Sailing World Cup Final gold to her 2014 medal haul, “It’s going to be nice to discover a new country and it’s important because it’s the final of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.

“I have won everything this year so I hope to do well in Abu Dhabi. I’m training in Oman before Abu Dhabi because our worlds will be there next year and the conditions are similar so it will be nice for me to get some training in. I hope to do my best in Abu Dhabi and I hope it will be enough to win.”

The calibre of the Women’s RS:X fleet is exceptional. London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Marina Alabau (ESP) will join Picon in the pack as will silver medallist Tuuli Petaja (FIN) and bronze medallist Zofia Klepacka (POL).

Petaja knows how to find an extra gear in competitive fleets and after a disappointing World Championships, by her standards, she is looking forward to lining up against a strong bunch of racers, “The better the fleet is, the more fun it is to beat them,” exclaimed Petaja.

“Since the Santander Worlds I have been training at home in Finland. It’s starting to get a bit cold so I’m really looking forward to some great and warm sailing conditions in Abu Dhabi. It’s an interesting new concept and always a great excitement to see new racing venues. I’m looking forward to enjoying the exciting racing in good company and good conditions.”

Olga Maslivets (RUS) is one of the most experienced racers in the fleet and is a veteran of four Olympic Games. Maslivets spent some time away from the windsurfer after London 2012, focusing on a year in the mixed multihull, but now she’s back on the RS:X full time.

Maslivets finished second at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao four weeks ago to secure her spot in Abu Dhabi and is eager to race against the elite level fleet, “I can’t wait to meet all the good guys. After a long break from RS:X racing I feel hungry to race in strong events.

“I believe that the Sailing World Cup Final is extremely exciting and a pinnacle of Olympic sailing as the level is super high. I wish to be on the podium,” smiled Maslivets, “but honestly, a top ten would be a great result for me this year.”

The Women’s RS:X fleet is full of top performers who will all be aiming to capture the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup Final title. Further competitors gunning for gold include 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Blanca Manchon (ESP), World #1 Flavia Tartaglini (ITA), World #2 and Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Bryony Shaw (GBR) and World #3 Laura Linares (ITA). Five Chinese competitors, all with ISAF event medals to their name, will also be in the mix for the top spots.

The Men’s RS:X fleet features 20 of the world’s best racers who are all capable of taking Abu Dhabi gold.

14_SWC_AbuDhabi_RSXMMontage_1250Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) comes into Abu Dhabi with good form. The Greek sailor started the year by winning gold at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami in January and followed it up with silver in Mallorca. Top six finishes followed at the RS:X Europeans, Olympic Test Event and Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds before he took the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao title.

With a solid year under his belt, he’ll be looking to conclude 2014 the way he started it, by winning, “I think it’s going to be a great event. It’s the first time we are going to have a World Cup Final with the top 20 athletes. It’s going to be a really high level with all of the world’s top athletes there. I’m really looking forward to it.

“We’re going to have some fun and it’s going to be a great event.”

2014 Men’s RS:X World Champion Julien Bontemps will spearhead the French charge in Abu Dhabi with strong compatriots Thomas Goyard, Pierre le Coq and Louis Giard qualifying alongside. Bontemps has been a consistent performer over the years, amassing three world championship titles and silver at the Beijing 2008. However in recent times he has been pushed hard by his compatriots ensuring internal and external battles amongst the four French rivals.

Three of the world’s leading competitors Przemyslaw Miarczynski, Piotr Myszka and Pawel Tarnowski all head to Abu Dhabi with their sights on an all Polish podium. The experienced Miarczynski and Myszka combined with the youthful exuberance of 20-year-old Tarnowski make for a strong team all with a podium finish on their minds, “We have just finished our training camp in France and now we are ready to rock’n’roll in the Emirates,” smiled Tarnowski.

“My goal for the competition is to get the podium. It won’t come easy and might not even happen because there are 20 sailors all aiming for the same but I keep thinking positive. They [Miarczynski and Myszka] are very fast guys and we are feeling comfortable together at the top. We train together and I learn a lot from them.

“During the race I treat them as any other sailor, just bearing in mind not to handicap them too much but I hope we can repeat the success from the Eurosaf regatta in Medemblik where we collected all three medals for Poland.”

Tarnowski is a two-time RS:X Youth World champion and training alongside London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Miarczynski and 2010 World Champion Myszka has propelled the youngster forward at a rate of knots. Tarnowski is a rising star in the fleet and the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final will provide him the perfect platform to show what he’s made of, “It’s very exciting to race against the best guys from the RS:X, we’re obviously racing together on other events as well so there’s nothing new about it but the new format of the competition will make the game really tough and even more interesting. There will be no weak guys, just the top 20. There’s no time to make mistakes and no way to regain points.”

The fleet also features London 2012 silver medallist Nick Dempsey (GBR), Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Shahar Zubari (ISR), five time Olympian Max Oberemko (RUS) and fierce competitors Toni Wilhelm (GER) and Aichen Wang (CHN).

RS:X racing commences at 12:00 local time on Thursday 27 November with three races scheduled. The Medal Race on Sunday 30 November will bring the racing to a close.

View the full entry list here. 

Video – Tension Up, Show Us What You’re Made Of At The ISAF Sailing World Cup

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Abu Dhabi On Stage – Formula 1 and Olympic Sailing

From November 21st  to 30th, the capital of the UAE will host two major events: the Grand Prix “Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Formula 1” is in program from 21 to 23 November, and the Grand Final of ISAF Sailing World Cup in 2014, with all ten Olympic sailing classes with an open kiteboarding event joining the fray around Lulu Island off the UAE capital’s stunning Corniche, from 27 to 30 November.

Just 20 boats in each event the competition is set to be fierce. The Olympic events will contest an opening series and a Medal Race with the kiteboard fleet using a short track format. Prize money will be awarded to the top three overall finishers in each of the Olympic events from a total prize purse of US$200,000.

The F1 event, hosted for the sixth time in a row at the “Yas Marina Circuit”, this year has many important innovations.

Besides to being the last race of the season will be awarded for this event for the first time in the history of the world of F1, the double points counting towards the drivers’ standings.

Furthermore, the capacity of the futuristic plant has been increased by an additional 5,000 units, for a total of 65,000 places available.

The world in 2014 is, in fact, still in the balance with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg (the two pilots of the “Silver Arrows” Mercedes) separated by only 17 points to the advantage of the first and is extremely likely to be just the latest of curves “Yas Marina Circuit “to decree the winner.


The full program of events out of the race track and sailing, including concerts of world music at the magnificent “Du Arena” near the “Ferrari World”, Abu Dhabi will showcase the glamor of the moment making this the end of November ‘social and sports highlight of the year.

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The 2014 ISAF Annual Conference has drawn to a close in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

From 1-8 November 2014 more than 500 delegates from over 70 nations gathered in Palma to discuss, debate and decide on the decisions that will take the sport forward into 2015 and beyond.

ISAF Council, the final decision making body of ISAF, met on 7 and 8 November to vote on the recommendations for the expert committees. The 2014 Annual General Meeting brought the Conference to a close.

Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition

It was also decided that all supplied equipment at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition should be distributed after a public draw, ensuring transparency.

As part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition Qualification System, ISAF included Continental Qualification Events in the pathway to help develop sailing around the world. Reflecting the IOC Qualification System Principles the key requirements are to ensure participation of the best athletes and ensure universality through continental representation.

ISAF Council agreed on the recommendation from the Events Committee on the RS:X regattas that will be held in 2015 and 2016.

African qualification event will be held at the 2016 in Algeria together with the Laser Standard and Laser Radial. The dates are coming soon.
Asian qualification event – the 2015-2016 ASAF Cup in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The dates are coming soon.
European qualification event – the 2016 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Regatta, to be held on March.
Oceanic qualification event – the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, to be held on December.
North & South American qualification event – the 2016 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, to be held on January.

ISAF Youth Worlds

Corpus Christi, Texas, USA will host the 2018 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship subject to a successful site visit and satisfactory contractual agreements.

The following events and equipment for the 2017 ISAF Youth Worlds were also agreed by Council:

Boy’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Girl’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Boy’s Two Person Dinghy – 420
Girl’s Two Person Dinghy – 420
Boy’s Windsurfer – RS:X with 8.5 sail
Girl’s Windsurfer – RS:X with 8.5 sail
Open multihull – Sirena SL16
Boy’s Skiff – 29er
Girl’s Skiff – 29er

The Equipment Committee recommended the new Nacra15 for the Open Multihull event and this will be discussed at the 2015 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in the Netherlands with the earliest possible introduction of the new equipment being 2018.

Other Business

Submission 127-14 as amended by the Racing Rules Committee was approved effective 1 January 2015. Other amendments to the Racing Rules and Equipment Rules of Sailing were approved following recommendations from the expert committees. The changes will be incorporated into the next edition of the rule books published for 2017-2020.

The Equipment Committee, Events Committee and Executive Committee will meet at the 2015 Mid-Year Meeting in Muiden, Netherlands from 7-9 May 2015 with the 2015 ISAF Annual Conference to be held in Sanya, China from 7-14 November 2015.

Full details of all the decisions made at the ISAF Annual Conference will be published in the minutes of the meetings for the ISAF Council and all ISAF Committees, which will be published on the ISAF Meetings microsite at in the coming weeks.

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ISAF Annual Conference 2014 – Palma de Mallorca, Spain

More than 500 delegates are at the 2014 ISAF Annual Conference in Palma de Mallorca, Spain to share ideas, stories, and to discuss, debate and make decisions that will take the sport forward into 2015.

Over 200 submissions have been submitted by Committees, MNAs and Class Associations proposing changes to existing policies, regulations or rules as well as looking to introduce new ones. All submissions and topics will be discussed at Committee, Sub-committee and Commission meetings commencing on 1 November.

The recommendations and opinions of these expert committees come together at the meeting of the Council, the final decision making body of ISAF, on 7 and 8 November. The Council will discuss the recommendations from the committees and will either approve, reject or defer.

Class Associations, Member National Authorities, Committee members and general observers are in attendance to engage in these discussions.

Check out what happened in the (some of) meeting rooms below:

Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Committee

The ISAF Sailing World Cup Final that is set to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates was one of the main topics of discussion around the Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Committee. The ISAF Sailing World Cup Final will be held from 26-30 November 2014 with some of the finest windsurfers and kiteboarders all making the trip to the UAE.

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominees Charline Picon (FRA) and Steph Bridge (GBR) are just two of the wind and kite superstars who will be heading to Abu Dhabi.

Check out an interview with Charline Picon (FRA) in Palma de Mallorca here:

Rio 2016 was also one the agenda in the committee and for the RS:X it is going to be simply stunning. The fleet will launch off of Flamengo Beach, under the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain. There was a discussion on supplied versus bring you own equipment for the RS:X at Rio 2016 and that will be one of the topics at ISAF Council on 7 and 8 November.

MNA Forum

The MNA Forum was a hive of activity with a whole host of delegates attending to gain some knowledge and guidance.

ISAF Connect to Sailing Partners were in attendance to showcase their products and explain how they could help ISAF members within their nation.

Head of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, John Craig, was available for delegates to chat to about the upcoming ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Preparations for the World Cup Final are shaping up nicely. There are World Champions, Olympic medallists and sailing superstars aplenty across the ten Olympic fleets and the Open Kiteboarding event.

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominees Mat Belcher & Will Ryan (AUS), Charline Picon (FRA) and Steph Bridge (GBR) will all be there within their respective fleets which is fantastic to see.

The Malaysian organisers for the 2015 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship were there to promote the event. The event is going to be a huge catalyst for sailing in the region. Building work will leave a legacy in Langkawi that will no doubt go in into the future.

The MNA Forum is always well attended with several hundred delegates enjoying the opportunity discuss the issues that matter to them.

Regional Games

The Regional Games Committee received reports from events around the world with a lot of positives coming from within the meeting room.

The Asian Games was the big one in 2014 with more than 9,000 athletes competing in Incheon, South Korea. Sailing had several events on display in Incheon with 420, 470, Laser, Mistral, Optimist, RS:X, 29er, RS:One, J80 and Hobie 16 fleets all competing out of Wangsan Sailing Marina.

Looking ahead to 2015 and we will see the Pan-American Games take place in Toronto, Canada from 10-26 July. The event will act as a Olympic qualification regatta for many of the sailors. Expect to see Men’s and Women’s RS:X, 49erFX, Laser and Laser Radial boats on the start line. Joining them as a medal event will be the Open Sunfish, Open Snipe, Open Hobie 16, Open J24 and mixed Lightning.

There was a passionate discussion on the All African Games. The Committee emphasised the importance of working together to ensure sailing is included in the next edition of the event.

The Commonwealth Games took place in Glasgow, Scotland this year but sailing was not selected by the organisers as one of the included sports, the Gold Coast, Australia did not select sailing for 2018 either so there is work to be done. The Regional Games Committee members will be pushing and working together to ensure that sailing will be included in the 2022 edition of the Commonwealth Games.

There were lengthy discussions on Continental Associations with several submissions differed but the Committee will be creating a working party to ensure appropriate preparations ahead of their next meeting.

Racing Rules Committee

The Racing Rules Committee had several submissions on the table relating to the 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing. Out of all of the Committees the Racing Rules Committee receives the most Submissions with close to 100 on the table to discuss throughout the day.

As well as the Racing Rules of Sailing submissions they also spoke about the Call Book for Match Racing and Team Racing and the Case Book.

Destination Sanya – 2015 ISAF Annual Conference

Sanya, China will host the 2015 ISAF Annual Conference members of the organising team have been on hand to show more than 500 delegates what Sanya is all about.

Sanya is building itself a strong reputation for hosting international sailing events. Recently Sanya has hosted the Volvo Ocean Race, Round Hainan Island International Regatta and the Hong Kong – Sanya International Sailing Competition. Sanya will once again host a stopover for the 2014-2015 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race with the party set to roll into town towards the end of January 2015.

ISAF Vice-President Quanhai Li explained to the delegates the beauty of Sanya. ISAF President Carlo Croce was quick to praise Sanya and is looking forward to heading over to the venue next year. ISAF Council Member Karl C Kwok and Committee Members Bernard Bonneau and Bill O’Hara also spoke on the evening and once again highlighted what a magnificent place Sanya is for sail boat racing.

We certainly look forward to heading to the venue in 2015.

To stay up-to-date with the ISAF Annual Conference, a live blog will be available from Saturday 1 November through to Saturday 8 November here.

The ISAF Annual Conference webiste:

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