World Sailing Conference goes online

Published on October 19th, 2020

Due to COVID-19, World Sailing’s Annual Conference is being held electronically in 2020 from October 15 to November 1 and will include 11 Committee, 11 Sub-committee, and three Commission meetings. World Sailing’s Council, the main decision-making body of the world governing body, will meet across four sessions on October 30 and 31.

The General Assembly will be held on November 1 and will include the announcement of the ballot results for the election of President and Vice-Presidents.

Here’s the update thus far from the 2020 schedule:

October 15: The meeting of World Sailing’s Regional Games Sub-committee opened the 2020 Annual Conference. This committee oversees sailing within Regional Games all over the world, looking into how to ensure the sport can be incorporated into these Games and that it is managed and organized effectively. Full report.
October 18: The second day of World Sailing’s 2020 Annual Conference saw both the Classes Committee meeting and the Para World Sailing Committee meeting take place virtually.

Sixty-seven Class Associations were in attendance, from the Optimist to the International Maxi Class, which is one of the highest ever numbers recorded at this Committee meeting. The Committee discussed a wide number of submissions that touch on numerous areas within World Sailing, such as governance and policy, finance, and items that impact the management and running of Class Associations.

The Para World Sailing Committee is responsible for discussing the state of Para Sailing worldwide, organizing and reporting on Para Sailing events, planning Para Sailing Development Programmes (PDPs) in key locations, and ensuring that everything is on track with the ultimate aim of reinstating Para Sailing into the Paralympic Games. Full report.
October 19: The Olympic Classes Sub-committee took center stage on the third day of World Sailing’s 2020 Annual Conference. All 10 current Olympic classes were represented, as well as well as a representative from the IKA Formula Kite Class, which will feature at the Olympic Games for the first time at Paris 2024. Updates were provided on Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 and The Hague Sailing World Championships. Full report.

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