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Plans Revealed for World Sailing Annual Conference

Published on September 27th, 2016

World Sailing’s Annual Conference is the central meeting point where the strategy of sailing is reviewed, discussed and celebrated. For the 2016 Annual Conference, the dialogue and engagement 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 2016 Annual Conference, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain on November 5-13, expects up to 700 delegates ranging from International Class Associations representatives, Member National Authorities officials and Committee Members to leading Sailors, Event Organizers, Boat Manufacturers and Observers.

As part of the theme, three new Forums – Sustainability, Commercial Strategy for the Sport and Para World Sailing – have been introduced into the Conference programme. The Forums will feature world leading experts and panel discussions, providing the basis for debate around sustainability across multiple facets of the sport.

The Forums will be open events and will also be streamed live on the World Sailing website, combining social media feeds to enable virtual interaction around the world.

World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt commented, “The introduction of three new forums to World Sailing’s Annual Conference is the start of a process to modernize the meeting into a professional, engaging and interactive event.

“Under the overarching theme of Our Sustainable Future, delegates will be able to engage, share best practice, be inspired to make positive change and make our sport more sustainable from a number of dimensions.”
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About the Forums:

Forum 1– Monday November 7, 1430-1830 – Sustainability
Keynotes speakers include: Julia Palle (Sustainability Manager Formula E), Susie Tomson (Sustainability Manager Team BAR), Anne-Cécile Turner (Director Blueshift), Kelli Jerome (CEO Golf Environment Organisation), Jill Savery (CEO at Bristlecone Strategies) and Andy Hunt (CEO World Sailing)

Forum 2 – Tuesday November 8, 1430-1730 –Para World Sailing
Keynote speakers include: Geoff Holt MBE (Founder Reinstate), Ms. Külli Haav (Noblessner Yachtclub Sailing School, Estonia), Sarah Treseder (CEO RYA), Ms. Emma Hallén (Trim the Sails Foundation, Sweden), and Massimo Dighe (Para World Sailing Manager)

This Forum will include an interactive working session and will be open to all conference attendees.

Forum 3 – Wednesday November 9, 0930-1330 – Commercial Strategy for the Sport
Keynote speakers include: Mark Turner (CEO Volvo Ocean Race), Jerry Newman (Head of Sports at Facebook), Ulrich Lacher (Lacher Consulting) and Hugh Chambers (CCO World Sailing)
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The three Forums will be mixed in with a full schedule of Committee, Sub-committee and Commission meetings over the period of the conference and the recommendations of these groups will go to World Sailing’s Council on November 11 and 12.

Concluding the Annual Conference on Sunday November 13 will be the General Assembly, a four-yearly meeting that will decide the Board of Directors (President and Vice-Presidents) for the next four years.

A full World Sailing 2016 Annual Conference Schedule can be found here: http://www.sailing.org/meetings/2016-conference.php

Source: Daniel Smith – World Sailing


About World Sailing’s Annual Conference

World Sailing’s Annual Conference brings together up to 700 delegates every first full week of November. It is the central meeting point where the strategy of sailing is reviewed, discussed and celebrated.

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

The 2016 Annual Conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain at the Hotel Renaissance Barcelona Fira on November 5-13.

About the General Assembly

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.

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

The next World Sailing General Assembly will take place on Sunday November 13 2016 from 09:30 – 13:30.

About World Sailing

World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing.

World Sailing is made up of 141 Member National Authorities (MNAs), who are its principal members, and responsible for the decision making process that governs the sailing world.

There are currently more than 100 World Sailing classes, ranging from the small dinghy classes for young people up to 60 foot ocean racers.

For more information about World Sailing: sailing.org

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