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World Sailing Appoints 2012 Olympics Director Andy Hunt As New CEO

World Sailing has appointed Andy Hunt, former CEO of the British Olympic Association and a non-executive Director of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Hunt (52) has most recently been Chairman and Managing Partner of Progressive Media Group, an International Media and Business Information group of companies, as well as serving as a non-executive Director of England Hockey and Gloucester Rugby. Hunt has had a highly successful career across both sport and business over the past 30 years, says the world sailing body in a formal media announcement.

From a sales and marketing background Hunt has been CEO or managing director of several organisations in the finance, security, publishing and sports management sectors. He has been responsible for several multinational organisations which expanded significantly under his tenure.

He replaces Peter Sowery, a British management consultant, who left soon after the November 2015 Annual Conference having been in the role for just five months. In turn, Sowery replaced Jerome Pels (NED) who had been in the role for 17 years first as Secretary General and then as CEO after the position title was changed. Pels’ resignation was announced at the end of October 2014.

Hunt first became involved in sailing while at school and then became more involved in his 30’s and 40’s. After a career leading security and financial companies, he was with Ben Ainslie’s 2013 America’s Cup Team, Team Origin before that was folded after a split focus with the home 2012 Olympics and transition to a multihull America’s Cup class was too much for backer Sir Keith Mills – who also had a prominent role in the organisation of the 2012 Olympics.

Hunt worked loosely with Sir Keith Mills when Hunt took on the dual role of CEO of the British Olympic Association and Chef de Mission for the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2012 Olympics. Somewhat controversially he combined what had been two separate roles. He worked with Sir Keith Mills as the two were on the London Olympic Games board – LOCOG.

Andy Hunt and David Cameron
Andy Hunt and David Cameron

His role at the British Olympic Association was to expand the organisation in a home Olympic Games which included funding for a greatly expanded role for the team. Not unexpectedly he had a couple of less than stellar public fundraising initiatives around team trinket sales, but that shortfall in sales was offset by a government backed program to involve small business in the British Olympic program and the 2012 Olympic Games to achieve better leverage for the participants in the program.

Hunt did put in place an outstanding support structure for the British Olympic Team, which both more than delivered on results, being the most successful British team in terms of medal wins, but also in terms of public support and ‘feel good’ and self-belief – which has a sustained spin-off in other areas.

He left the British Olympic Association in 2013, after the organisation was downsized following the 2012 Olympics, and BOA returned to its former role of supporting British Olympic teams to Olympic competitions outside UK.

Hunt then moved to the lead role with Progressive Media Group which holds an investment portfolio in several media publications, before leaving in June 2015. He has since taken on several non-executive Director roles for sports teams and in publishing.

In the written announcement, World Sailing President Carlo Croce (ITA) said, ‘I am delighted that we have found an outstanding candidate to fill the role of CEO. Andy combines exceptional business leadership credentials, with an excellent track record in sports administration, a deep understanding of the Olympic and Paralympic movement, strong relationships with the IOC and ASOIF and enjoys a lifelong passion for Sailing. Andy will work closely with me and the Executive Board to continue to deliver on our vision and strategy for World Sailing.

I am delighted to have been selected by the Executive Board to lead World Sailing,’ commented Hunt. ‘It is a real honour to be able to serve a sport that I have participated in since an early age. I look forward to working with all of the stakeholders within our sport to further drive the organisation and sport forward.’


World Sailing Vice President Gary Jobson sat down with new Chief Executive Andy Hunt – VIDEO


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Job Vacancy Notice – RS:X Class Media & Marketing Manager

The International RS:X Class Association invites applications for the position of

Deadline for applications: February 1st, 2016
Position is to be opened: ASAP
Place of work: Anywhere
Working hours: Part-time and flexitime job
Remuneration:  € 1.000 /month, plus incentives on sponsorships activation
The Role

Reporting directly to the RS:X Class (hereafter ‘Class’) Executive Secretary (COO), the Media & Marketing Manager will be responsible for Class PR, media, promotion and marketing communication, including the commercial partnerships and sponsorships.
Key Responsibilities and Tasks

The successful candidate will:
–       write and/or collect and distribute the Class related media and news to class members, to worldwide sailing community and to public
–       regularly distribute the Class newsletters to class members, to worldwide sailing community and to public
–       develop a new approach and relationships to build a long term commercial partnerships and sponsorships, based on mutual benefits and cross-collaboration
–       develop a fresh and strategic Class PR, media and communications approach
–       oversee and maintain the Class website, and social network platforms
–       work out the Class promotional materials for different events

Skills & Experience Required

The candidate has:
–       ability to build a long term business partnerships and sponsorships
–       relevant and current experience in the sport/leisure industry
–       media and PR management proven experience
–       fluent English in writing and verbal

How to Apply

The candidates are kindly asked to send their applications not later than 1st of February 2016 in electronic format to the Class COO Mr Andrus Poksi – [email protected].

Your application in English language must include:
–       Letter of application explaining how you fulfil the above qualifications
–       Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae with detailed description of your experience and achievements.

The Executive Committee
International RS:X Class Association

The 2015 ISAF Youth World Champions Are Stefania Elfutina (RUS) And Titouan Le Bosq (FRA)

Langkawi, Malaysia was hosting the 45th edition of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships from 27 December to 3 January 2016.
Over the regatta a record 425 sailors from 76 nations competed in nine fleets, hunting for a Youth Sailing World Championships title were out on the water pushing themselves to reach their peak.

Russia’s Stefania Elfutina managed to defend her Youth Worlds crown as she held off Great Britain’s Emma Wilson and China’s Xian Ting Huang.
The three have been a step ahead of the field all week and their regular top place finishes meant that the medals would be shared out between them before the last day. The only thing that needed to be decided was the colours.

Elfutina held on to her title with a third place finish and it was only after the day that she could reflect on her time as a youth competitor,
I feel so happy and it’s my second time and it’s always unbelievable. It’s great to finish my youth career in such a good place with such good people around, and to win it is even better.”

Behind Elfutina was Wilson who left it until the last and most important day to move up to second overall and claim silver. With a bullet in the final race and Huang finishing fourth, it meant the two were tied on 28 points. The final race win was decisive for Wilson as she grabbed the silver via count back.

While Elfutina was defending her title, the boy’s RS:X winner, France’s Titouan Le Bosq, was already thinking about how he would hold on to his next time in Oman.

An excited Le Bosq was clearly in love with his board saying, “It’s my first world title and the conditions all week were great. I like the planing. I like this sport. I love windsurfing!”

With a fifth place in the final race, his 45 point total meant that he can return next year as champion of the class, and he already knows that’s his plan, “I like this competition and I definitely want to come back and defend my title in Oman and come back even stronger.”

Argentina’s Francisco Saubidet Birkner took the silver medal following a third leaving him to finish the week on 55 points.

Aruba’s Mack van der Eerenbeemt was looking to take the experience he gained from the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games and apply it to the Youth Worlds, but mast issues slowed down his progress. Even so, he could not finish above Brazil’s Brenno Francioli who will take a well-deserved bronze medal back home for his efforts. Francioli finished on 76 points, six clear of van der Eerenbeemt.

Congratulations to winners!

RS:X Girls
Gold – Stefania Elfutina (RUS)
Silver – Emma Wilson (GBR)
Bronze – Xian Ting Huang (CHN)

RS:X Boys
Gold – Titouan le Bosq (FRA)
Silver – Francisco Saubidet Birkner (ARG)
Bronze – Brenno Francioli (BRA)

Full Results

Video Highlights

Text and photos by World Sailing

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