World Sailing: Hear from the candidates

Published on October 6th, 2020

With the upcoming World Sailing election to select seven Vice Presidents, World Sailing’s Election Committee overseeing the 2020 Election of World Sailing’s Officers has interviewed the Vice-Presidential Candidates’ about a series of questions submitted by by Member National Authorities.

The Candidates:
• Duriye Özlem Akdurak (TUR)
• Philip Baum (RSA)
• Cary Lee Byerley (ANT)
• William Canfield (ISV)
• Tomasz Chamera (POL)
• Jan Dawson (NZL)
• Luca Devoti (ITA)
• Jørgen Stang Heffermehl (NOR)
• Sarah Kenny (AUS)
• Yann Rocherieux (FRA)
• Cory Sertl (USA)
• Malav Shroff (IND)
• Riccardo Simoneschi (ITA)
• Marcus Spillane (IRL)
• Yui Shing Tong (HKG)

The Questions:
1. What skills and experience do you have which will make you an effective Board member?
2. What changes would you like to see to World Sailing’s governance and decision-making culture?
3. How can World Sailing develop the programme of Olympic Events and Equipment to best meet the needs of the sailing community and the IOC, whilst making the sport as attractive as possible to the viewing public?
4. What specific proposals would you have to ensure the World Sailing Board communicates with, and listens to, the concerns of the membership?
5. What would be your proposals for the development of World Sailing’s training and development programs across all areas?
6. If elected, which three specific policies would you view as the most important for World Sailing to adopt?

The election of the President and seven Vice-Presidents will be conducted via an electronic ballot. World Sailing Member National Authorities, in good standing with World Sailing, are eligible to vote and when casting their ballot, must select at least two male and two female candidates for Vice President.

The results of the ballot will be announced on November 1, 2020 at the General Assembly which will be held as a virtual meeting.

To review the candidate answers, click here.

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