World Sailing President Kim Andersen shares some of the progress that has been made and what is to come in the future.
World Sailing President Kim Andersen shares some of the progress that has been made and what is to come in the future.
Denmark’s Kim Andersen was an unexpected challenger to Carlo Croce for the Presidency of World Sailing. His announcement in September that he was standing was greeted with more than a few raised eyebrows.
But November 2016, Andersen made history when he became the first candidate to unseat an incumbent in the organisation’s 110-year history. With Liam Morgan of insidethegames.biz, Andersen shares some insight into Sailing for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.
While it is universally agreed that World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, and that kiteboarding is sailing, World Sailing’s position continues to be challenged.
World Sailing has the credentials. The organization is recognized and endorsed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Associations of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF; previously SportAccord).
These are the power brokers in sport, and for all forms of kiteboarding on the water, World Sailing has their blessings.
For the administration of kiteboarding, World Sailing has partnered with the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) for course racing and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) for expression events (ie, Wave, Freestyle, Big Air, etc). Amid the Appendices in the Racing Rules of Sailing are the Kiteboarding rules.
But IFKO (International Federation of Kitesports Organization) doesn’t see kiting as a part of sailing, but as its own unique sport, and has recently been invited by the GAISF President Patrick Baumann (also ASOIF Council Member) to join their organization. As a member of GAISF, that gives IFKO a seat at the lunch table.
Hyères, France (April 19, 2017) – For round two of the 2017 World Cup Series takes place in Hyères this week, many attending sailors know what it feels like to stand on top of an Olympic podium.
To reach such a feat is the pinnacle for all Olympic class sailors and the need to return to that feeling drives them to return to the World Cup circuit and campaign for the next Olympiad.
Tamara Echegoyen, Sofia Toro and Angela Pumariega (ESP) won gold in the Women’s Match Racing at London 2012 but as the class was replaced for Rio 2016 with the 49erFX, a Women’s Skiff, they had to look elsewhere for their Olympic sailing pursit.
Echegoyen made it to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro in the 49erFX but her gold medal winning team mates, Toro and Pumariega, were not so lucky in the Women’s 470.
Toro failed to qualify with Nora Brugman and Pumariega suffered the same fate with Patricia Cantero Reina. But now at the 2017 World Cup Series Hyères, the two former team mates and Olympic champions will join forces to take a tilt at Tokyo 2020.
Following disappointment at missing out on her country’s Olympic 470 selection, Pumariega took some time out for some relaxation and to decide her next move.
“When I didn’t qualify Rio 2016 I spent the summer sailing in other classes and trying to enjoy the water without the stress that comes with the final months of a campaign,” Pumariega reflected. “My idea was always to continue with another Olympic campaign, but it was difficult to find a good crew for the 470 that motivated me to sail hard the next four years.”
Despite wanting to campaign again, it wasn’t until a phone call from her old friend Toro that Pumariega finally overcame her doubts and made the commitment.
“At the end of the 2016 I took some photos of my boats to sell them,” admitted Pumariega. “Then I got a phone call from Sofía. She asked me to be her crew but I thought she was joking because I’m very slim. But she wasn’t, she was totally serious!”
Both Toro and Pumariega took the helming duties in their previous 470 partnerships, but with Pumariega now locked in as crew, the gold medallist is looking forward to getting back to what she knows, even if it has changed a little.
“Being crew in the 470 is a very nice challenge,” she notes. “Although I have sailed most of my career as crew it’s the first time with the trapeze.” – Read on
Racing begins April 23 and concludes with two days live broadcast of Medal Races on April 29 and 30, 2017.
Scott Perry and Betsy Alison are two of the many people working tirelessly to ensure sailing’s early return to the Paralympic arena. In the May 2017 issue of Seahorse magazine, Perry and Alison provide this update.
In November 2014, World Sailing merged with the International Federation for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) to create a strong, sustainable organisational relationship to provide a solid platform to support sailing opportunities for people with disabilities.
But less than three months later the competitive sailing community received a stunning blow. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that sailing would not be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Disciplinary decisions within World Sailing are determined by Independent Panels appointed by the Judicial Board. Questions, reports, or comments on disciplinary matters should be sent by email or in writing to the Chief Executive Officer… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
When the decision was made by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to remove Sailing from the 2020 Paralympic Games, it was a shock to see a sport so perfect for the event no longer be involved. Few sports level the playing field among able-bodied and disabled people like Sailing. Few activities are as empowering for disabled people as Sailing. Few events provide such publicity for the disabled community as the Paralympic Games. Since the announcement was made in January 2015, World Sailing has since made it its mission to get Sailing back for the 2024 Paralympic Games. Prominent among the requirements by the IPC to reinstate Sailing for 2024 is participation. For information regarding Dee Smith, click here… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
A continuing saga of events in Australia have left us bewildered. Here’s a quick summary: Daughter-Father try to compete in the Men’s Skiff class at the Sailing World Cup, an event for Olympic campaigners. They are disqualified for not both being male per event documentation. The daughter launches an online petition to halt the discrimination and breach of human rights which she claimed to have occurred. The father is banned from the sport for one year due to his horrific behavior during the jury hearing. The daughter files a sex discrimination case against the regional sailing authority. Some things you can’t make up. Here’s the latest update courtesy of the Herald Sun: For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
On 28 March 2017, Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President met with senior World Sailing officials, receiving an update on the progress the world governing body is making in its Para World Sailing Strategic Plan. In the visit to World Sailing’s Executive Office in Southampton, Great Britain, Sir Philip Craven met with World Sailing President Kim Andersen, Vice-President W.Scott Perry, Chief Executive Officer Andy Hunt, Director of Events Alastair Fox and Para World Sailing Manager Massimo Dighe… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Kim Andersen – World Sailing President Kim Andersen shares some of the progress that has been made and what is to come in the future. Notably, this includes the upcoming World Sailing survey which has already been distributed to each Member National Authority (MNA), as well as preparations made towards the mid-year meeting. World Sailing Priorities – Part of my vision for World Sailing is focused on creating clear priorities for World Sailing going forward. In order to do this, it is vital that we consider the position of our organization and our vision for its future… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
by Adam Loory, UK Sailmakers – First off, start by brushing up on the Definitions. There are some new ones this year but they don’t have much to do with the sailing rules (Part 2). The older definitions haven’t changed and they contain plenty of “meat and potatoes” as far as understanding the rules are concerned. Take some time and read them carefully, it will be time well spent… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The International One-Design class celebrates 80 years of continuous active boat racing in 2017, and with this anniversary comes a new status. At the 2016 Annual Conference of World Sailing in Barcelona, a 39-0 vote of the Board sealed the re-acceptance of the IOD Class at World Sailing. This move returns the class to being designated as a World Sailing Class Association, a status that comes with perks and strings attached. But as this IOD class report details, the class sees the relationship as a win-win: As the IOD Executive Committee learned more, it became clear that the benefits could outweigh the costs. – Read on… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Disciplinary decisions within World Sailing are determined by Independent Panels appointed by the Judicial Board. Questions, reports, or comments on disciplinary matters should be sent by email or in writing to the Chief Executive Officer… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has opened the bidding process for its titled Youth and Women’s Match Racing World Championships for 2018-2020 as well as the 2018 Nations Cup. Click here for bid documents and bid guidelines for all events… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
(February 13, 2017) – World Sailing has today signed a landmark agreement with the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) to unite the kiteboarding community and provide clarity of kiteboarding’s governance structure. World Sailing, the IKA, and the GKA aim to promote, and expand interest worldwide in the sport of competitive kiteboarding and to regulate the management and responsibilities for kiteboarding… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
In an interesting bit of offshore racing news dropped today, ORC announced that the first-ever Offshore Racing World Championship will take place in the Netherlands in 2018 under a joint IRC/ORC scheme. Our own reporter watched Stan Honey scold the IRC and ORC representatives and send them off without their supper to work out their issues, and it seems they’ve reached that agreement to try to mend offshore wounds and bring handicap ocean racers together. Here’s the Worlds site, and here’s the ORC release. Max Ranchi photo of the last ORC Worlds… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
The Racing Rules of Sailing offer protections to insure the sport of sailing is properly delivered to its participants. But occasionally there are events that, while of the highest regard, can’t fulfill the rule requirements. For these events, they can seek to get Special Event status from World Sailing. Such events include the America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, and the World Match Racing Tour. World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt explains further… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Kim Andersen – World Sailing President Kim Andersen shares insights and decisions made within World Sailing in this February update. Specifically, this report covers the decisions about the Olympic Games 11th medal, important issues addressing Worl Sailing structure and priorities, as well as the recent successes that have occurred within the sport… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
World Sailing’s headquarters will relocate from Southampton to central London, UK in late summer 2017. The selection of London as the new home for the International Federation comes after an extensive evaluation process of possible locations undertaken since the election of a new President and Board of Directors in November 2016. Full report… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt – For every Olympic event, whether it be Women’s Two Person Dinghy or the Heavyweight Men’s One Person Dinghy, there is a one design class association that is balancing the needs of all its class member… not just those seeking Olympic glory… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
For Martine Soffiati Grael and Kahena Kunze, the fourth day of the 2017 World Cup Series Miami presented by Sunbrella started on a sour note, with a 14th in a 16-boat 49erFX fleet. “It was crazy,” said Kunze when asked about the wind in the first race. “It was going to the left and to the right, changing all the time.” But even that result wasn’t enough to dampen either the spirits of the resilient Brazilian duo or their chances of winning the 49erFX division in this regatta for the first time since 2013, when the class was so new that just nine teams competed… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Since its creation in 1907 as the International Yacht Racing Union sailing’s peak body has been British based. One hundred ten years later, the organisation now known as World Sailing has reach a fork in the road… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE! by Rob Kothe
The qualification system has been released for the 2018 Sailing World Championships set to be held from July 30 to August 12 in Aarhus, Denmark. The Sailing World Championships are held every four years and is the largest gathering of Olympic class sailors. Competition will be held in the same ten Olympic events from the Rio 2016 Games plus Men’s and Women’s Kiteboarding. Full report.
World Sailing wishing the global sailing community a peaceful holiday season and best wishes for a prosperous and sustainable New Year in 2017.
World Sailing’s new president, Kim Anderson, talks to SportsPro about his hopes for his presidential term and reflects on a successful Olympic Games.
How has your first month in charge been?
I have been very busy meeting new people. A lot of people have been in contact to congratulate me but also to give me their opinion on what can be optimised or what can be done differently in the future. That is always positive but, also, we need to create a structure that will enable us to go forward and make good decisions based on all of this input. I appreciate the input but the first weeks have been very turbulent.
What sort of state was World Sailing in when you joined?
Well, I have been part of World Sailing for many years: I worked for eight years in council, on the events committee and equipment committee. So I know World Sailing from the inside. I already know the structure of the organisation – but the arrangement of the new office is something that I need to become acquainted with.
It is probably still a little bit too early for me to definitively say what the state was. However, I think that there are a lot positive of things that I can add with my professional background of running various companies. On the other hand, I have got a new board, who I need to firstly meet and then collaborate on ideas with. Some of them have been serving for the past four years but there are also a lot of new members. I am sure that together we can find a good pathway forward for World Sailing.
What do you see as your main priorities as president of World Sailing?
I will try to follow out the policies that I set out in my election campaign. I believe that there are three main priorities to ensure the future success of World Sailing. Firstly, we must work on the Olympic movement in order to secure our Olympic status and to be proactive in how we are conducting our sport at the Olympics – which is a very important shop window for sailing – and also to attract more people.
The second issue is about growing the sport and that has two lines of growth: adding more nations to World Sailing – we have 146 but we have more interested – and also we want to make a very strong programme that will make us better connected across the globe.
Lastly, the way that we are governing our sport. We have a very complex structure which, I think, should be more transparent for everyone. Everyone should be able to see the how we get to the discussions. On the governance structure, we must work on the transparency.
Those are the three main priorities that I am working on now.
Full report… click here.
My first long trip since becoming a father was an eye-opening one for me in many ways. I learned that it takes about 15 days before family Facetime chats fall off and the missing really begins. I learned that Sailing Anarchy can be a force for positive change. I learned that driving non-stop from Barcelona to Amsterdam alone costs a fortune in tolls, fuel, and misery. But mostly, I enjoyed being back in the thick of it for three extremely important events for the sport I love. I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make the trip possible, and I encourage you to check out informative pieces I did with each of the four sponsors during the trip:
Musto’s head of marketing and the Figaro sailor who reps them in France chatted with me about their new offerings and just how much of the Vendee fleet wears HPX in this video from METS.
Torqeedo Marketing Director Georg Roben gave some candid answers about the company and products that have netted two of the prestigious “Most Innovative Product” awards in the past five years at the METS show in this video.
As usual, Doyle Sails NZ owner Mike Sanderson was funny and interesting in this live chat about the Hugo Boss sails, superyacht sail technology, and the future of the Volvo Ocean Race, while Bruce Schwab explained what Ocean Planet Energy’s slick battery, regulator, and charging solutions do for ocean racers in this interview.
Enjoy them, and stay tuned for the next big thing. Got something your company thinks needs some coverage? Let me know.
A Hazy, Crazy Vendee
A special invitation to be aboard one of just a handful of support RIBs permitted inside the 2016 Vendee Globe starting area gave me a great view to one of the most special single days in all of sailing; a day where our humble sport sees crowds that make the World Cup look small. As it turned out, the start itself wasn’t even in the top ten most interesting things about V-Day, and my view inside the commentary box four years ago was quite a bit better than being aboard a photo RIB shooting the 2016 start. It’s a start that barely matters at all for the race itself.
What I didn’t experience four years ago was the single most intense crowd moment our sport has; when each skipper comes ’round the corner, entering the famous LSD Canal to the roar of an estimated 200,000 fans lining the shores. Fortunately, my spot with the Boss photographer allowed me to be just a few meters away from this action, and the 18-minute video above is my attempt to get you as close as I could to the unique emotional surge unlocked by that final trip through the fairway.
I’ve been asked by many people whether the Vendee and IMOCA will ever really grip the attention of anyone outside of France and the niche yachting community, and I remind people that there’s plenty of precedent for it. When Mike Plant dominated solo racing (and indeed in the early days of the Open 60) the Vendee was international. When Ellen was one of the UK’s best-known athletes, the Vendee was international. And now that Alex Thomson has a real chance to win and with the help of Open Sports Management and the IMOCA Class, the Vendee is pulling in decent international numbers. But it’s all probably not enough to transform the event into a truly world-wide phenomenon, and that’s entirely because of the shortsightedness of the French organizers of the race itself.
You see, the non-French world just doesn’t matter much to the region of Vendee, or to the paymasters behind the communications strategy of the race, and where they do make an effort, it is specifically pointed at a UK audience….
And don’t forget the Sailing Anarchy Podcast.
Two-time Olympic Medalist Malcolm Page, who recently shifted from his position with World Sailing to become the Chief of Olympic Sailing for USA, discusses sustainability in the January issue of Seahorse magazine…
At the World Sailing Annual Conference in Barcelona, Spain in November, the International Governing Body had a theme running throughout entitled ‘Our Sustainable Future’. The theme was encapsulated by three topics that go hand in hand to form a mission and vision going forward: Sport, technology, nature.
But with sustainability set to play an important role in the sport’s future, what does it actually mean? Working within World Sailing I have had the benefit of seeing the vision from the inside, but I also have my thoughts and opinions as a competitive sailor.
So what does sustainability mean to me? When I hear the word itself a few things come to mind. Sustaining – while promoting – our sport and keeping it relevant in an ever-changing and evolving sporting landscape. And also preserving our playing field, the water that we sail on. Without it there is no sport.
Throughout my sailing career I felt as though I owed a duty to the water on which I competed. We, as sailors, are guardians of the seas and oceans, but it isn’t just about racing and those taking part. We are part of a unique sport – or more accurately activity – that covers such a wide base, from racing to casual weekend sailing with family. One thing we all have in common is responsibility.
Sustainability needs to be all-encompassing. As a sailor I have had the good fortune to sail in numerous countries and in many different classes, so one thing that immediately comes to mind is coaching.
Coaching touches almost everyone looking to compete and is now an essential part of improving racing skills. I wholeheartedly believe that sustainability is a good thing and something positive to aim for in the sport, but as a sailor this cannot be to the detriment of the sport itself and the development of young sailors, especially from emerging sailing nations.
With this in mind I feel that we need to strike a balance around the number of coach boats out on the water during our regattas. We need to help emerging nations to get coaches out on the water and we need to strike a balance with the established nations being overly excessive in their coach boat numbers. – Read on
The World Sailing Show provides a monthly view of the racing world. From non-stop around the world racers, to the intensity of Olympic campaigns, from seasoned professionals, to grass roots weekend warriors, The World Sailing Show will get into the latest action afloat. Here’s the November 2016 show synopsis:
The Rolex Middle Sea Race
Racing hundreds of miles offshore doesn’t usually involve much scenery other than waves and wildlife, but the Rolex Middle Sea Race is different.
This taxing 608mile race around Sicily takes the fleet past some stunning backdrops including an active volcano along with some tactically challenging passages and headlands.
Some describe it as the most beautiful offshore race in the world, others, the most demanding, but all describe it as being a highly addictive offshore race.
And here’s why.
The Rolex World Sailors of the Year
The short list of nominees for this year’s awards read like a who’s who of modern Olympic sailing, each a spectacular success in their own rights.
The final voting was made at a glittering evening in Barcelona. The World Sailing Show was there.
The architect of the modern America’s Cup
Sir Russell Coutts is one of sailing’s most decorated sailors. To add to the long list of World Championships he has an Olympic Gold medal and has won the America’s Cup five times, three as skipper.
But his reputation hangs on more than simply pointing a boat in the right direction. In 2010 he swapped the wheel for the reins and announced a bold, ambitious and controversial vision for the next America’s Cup, the move to catamarans. And the Cup has never looked back.
He talks candidly and exclusively to World Sailing.
The epic Vendée Globe gets under way
The Vendee Globe race has a brutal reputation. Single-handed, non-stop, without assistance, around the world, this 24,000mile offshore epic will take three months to complete.
Not everyone makes it. Based on previous races, only half of them will cross the finishing line, but on the 6 November, 29 competitors crossed the start line off Les Sables d’Olonne on the west coast of France to complete a solo lap of the planet.
In the opening dash south to the equator, one boat in particular turned heads.
Big news in Barcelona, straight from the annual conference
There was plenty to talk about at World Sailing’s annual conference. First, that foiling will be included for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Then, the complex master plan aimed at getting sailing back into the Paralympics, plus we have fun finding out how well some sailors know each other, or not.
IN THE NEWS
• Jimmy Spithill completes offshore passage on foils
• More records tumble for Phaedo
• A new president for World Sailing
• Another round the world record attempt
Andy Hunt, Chief Executive Officer at World Sailing, presents the governing bodies sustainability strategy at the 2016 Annual Conference. World Sailing’s Annual Conference brought together more than 1000 international delegates to plan for the future, make key decisions to drive the sport forward, share best practice and generate new ideas. The 2016 Annual Conference was held in Barcelona, Spain at the Hotel Renaissance Barcelona Fira on November 5-13. Video published on Nov 17, 2016.
Disciplinary decisions within World Sailing are determined by Independent Panels appointed by the Judicial Board. Questions, reports, or comments on disciplinary matters should be sent by email or in writing to the Chief Executive Officer.
• Roberto Mario Zulli (ARG): Breaches of racing rules and sportsmanship contrary to RRS 69; Suspension of World Sailing Eligibility for 1 year from 18 January 2016 to 15 January 2017.
• Leandro Martin Luque (ARG): Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship contrary to RRS 69; Suspension of ISAF Eligibility for 5 years from 30 October 2012 to 29 October 2017.
• Martim Oliveira da Silva Monteiro (POR): Whereabouts failures; competition Eligibility suspended until 10 October 2017.
• Paul Coady (AUS): Breaches of racing rules and sportsmanship contrary to RRS 69; Competition Eligibility suspended from 1 May 2016 to 31 October 2016. World Sailing Eligibility suspended from 1 November 2016 to 30 April 2017. (decision)
• Ruth Biermann (GER): Breach of sportsmanship contrary to RRS 69; Competition Eligibility (within Germany) and World Sailing Eligibility suspended from 6 September 2016 to 31 December 2017. (decision)
Additional details here.
It is at the World Sailing Annual Conference when, every four years, elections are held which define the leadership for the sport’s international authority. Scuttlebutt correspondent Rob Kothe reports on the newly elected Board of Directors…
In 2012 Carlo Croce, the President of the Italian Sailing Federation, was elected as President of World Sailing (then ISAF). But after four years punctuated with a range of managerial and PR disasters, Croce was defeated at the 2016 World Sailing General Assembly meeting in Barcelona on Sunday, November 13.
Prior to the election on Friday, Croce had taken advantage of his incumbency to address the council in a long speech to ‘use his words’ to ‘to try remove the pebbles from his shoes’, but to no avail.
In Sunday’s three-way ballot, former President Paul Henderson was eliminated in the first round and in the second-round Denmark’s Kim Andersen, the Chairman of the Equipment committee, won over Croce.
In the Vice Presidential battle, four of the seven-person Board stood for re-election. Chris Atkins (GBR), the face of some of the worst event PR disasters, was eliminated, while there was a renewed vote of confidence in Gary Jobson (USA), W Scott Perry (URU), and Quanhai Li (CHN). New faces on the board are Jan Dawson (NZL), Anna Sanchez (ESP), Nadine Stegenwalner (GER), and Torben Grael (BRA).
The new President, already back in Copenhagen, shared with me his thoughts:
“Our new World Sailing Board representation is reasonably broad and that is pleasing.
“The Asia Pacific is covered and obviously Europe and the Americas but not Africa. That is a very important area for us to develop and I had hoped we’d have Africa represented on the board but that is politics and you cannot always manage that.
“Now we have a great deal of work to do. Andy Hunt, the CEO of World Sailing, is coming to Copenhagen this week and we will get our heads around World Sailing and each other and how we can best operate together.
“We are going to engage with the whole World Sailing team to make sure we are running at speed and we are using these our most valuable resources in the right way.
“Then as soon as possible, the Board will get down to the very important decisions that we have to make regarding the Olympic classes.” – Read on
The all-important four yearly vote for World Sailing Presidential and Board positions will linger to the final day of this year’s Annual Conference in Barcelona on Spain’s north east Med. As the international delegates proceed through the full schedule from November 5 to 13, Scuttlebutt correspondent Rob Kothe is tracking the elements that will determine the keeper of the top job. Here’s Rob’s report on November 12.
Two candidates are looking to unseat incumbent President Carlo Croce (ITA) at tomorrow’s World Sailing Presidential elections at the 2016 annual conference being staged at the Renaissance Hotel in Barcelona, Spain.
Carlo Croce, is the seventh President of Sailing’s peak body since 1946. His Father Beppe was President from 1969 to 1985. In 2012, upon the retirement of Sweden’s Göran Petersson, Carlo stood and defeated Eric Tulla of Puerto Rico and David Kellett from Australia.
Nominated by 45 Member Nation Authorities (MNA’s), early in this campaign it was assumed 71-year-old Croce would be unbeatable, but two vocal contenders mounted challenges.
Barcelona, Spain (November 11, 2016) – George Andreadis (GRE) has been awarded the Beppe Croce Trophy, which honours an individual for their outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing.
The trophy, which was first awarded in 1988 in memory of Beppe Croce, World Sailing President from 1969-1986, was presented to Andreadis by President Carlo Croce at the 2016 World Sailing Annual Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
On receiving the award Andreadis said, “Your majesty, Mr President, ladies and gentleman this is a very touching moment. Receiving the Beppe Croce is the greatest honour and I would like to thank the board for bestowing me with the award.
“2016 marks 44 years since I first attended the International Yacht Racing Union meeting in London in 1972. From the early 90’s the annual conference started travelling internationally and helped in embracing the success of far more of the sailing world which has been proven here in a record level of attendance.
“Being involved as a committee member, and Chairman, on Council and as a Vice President, I am fully aware of and appreciate the diverse scope of World Sailing and the critical role it plays in developing sailing around the world.
“I started sailing at a young age and became an Olympian at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. Since then I have been involved in every Olympic Games from all aspects. I have also been fortunate to have raced around the world and in many different classes. My sailing career naturally led me in to sports administration and I look forward to seeing World Sailing evolve and thrive as much in the future as it has in over the past four decades.
“My gratitude to all of you who volunteer so much of your time for our sport. I feel so fortunate to have worked with so many professional and dedicated people from all over the world. Sailing has given us so much and set our pathways in life. Giving back to sailing is why we are all here.”
Born in Athens on September 30 1941, Andreadis grew up in Greece and at a young age became a passionate and dedicated sailor.
His passion led him to two appearances at the Olympic Games, in the Flying Dutchman at Mexico 1968 and Soling at Montreal 1976, and he has been continuously competing in international events over the past 40 years.
Despite numerous national and international sailing titles to his credit, it is his work in the administration of the sport which has endeared Andreadis to the sailing community at large.
Andreadis has been an active member of class associations and boards, entrusted with organizing major events that affirm the place of sailing in the Olympic Games. A founding member of the Hellenic Olympians Association, Andreadis helped shape the Olympic movement in his own country as well as making significant contributions to the Olympic competition at large.
After competing in the Games, Andreadis became Team Leader of the Greek Sailing Team at Moscow 1980, was Chairman of the Measurement Committee for the next three editions and was Chairman of the Sailing Committee at Atlanta 1996. These, combined with his World Sailing duties at the Olympic Games led to Andreadis being awarded the Olympic Order of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2010.
Beginning his work with World Sailing in 1972, Andreadis has been eagerly involved in all aspects of sailing administration which has now culminated in his awarding of the Beppe Croce Trophy.
Andreadis’ early involvement in the world governing body was based around the Keelboat Committee where he served as a member, then Vice Chair and eventually Chair. Present during the IRYU period, Andreadis served as Vice President between 1986-1994 and continued his involvement through the transition to ISAF, and on to World Sailing.
A member of Council between 1994-1998 and 2008-2012 under the ISAF banner, Andreadis also served as Vice President twice more between 1998-2008 and 2012-2016 as well as sitting on the Offshore Committee (2000-2008).
With a keen interest in the world of sport and sailing, Andreadis was integral in initiating disabled sailing in Greece and was a member of the Organizing Committee for the 2003 International Foundation of Disabled Sailing World Championship. He has also supported the Special Olympics as an Official Sponsor.
Such is Andreadis’ passion for sailing, he created the Atalanti Racing Team in 1974. By promoting the values of sailing for over 40 years Andreadis has brought major sailing events to Greece. His recognition however extends past his native land as he has been an Honorary President of the Cyprus Yachting Association since 1995.
About the Beppe Croce Trophy
The Federazione Italiana Vela presented the trophy to World Sailing in memory of Beppe Croce, World Sailing President from 1969-1986. Awarded to an individual who has made a voluntary outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing, the Beppe Croce Trophy roll of honour is an impressive one. Including multiple Olympic medallists, rules gurus and designers, all have dedicated an outstanding amount of time to the sport of sailing:
1988 His Majesty King Olav V of Norway
1989 F. Gregg Bemis (USA) / Gerald Sambrooke-Sturgess OBE (GBR)
1990 Paul Elvström (DEN)
1991 His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain
1992 Olin Stephens II (USA)
1993 Paul J. Phelan (CAN)
1994 Jonathan Janson (GBR)
1995 Otto Schlenzka (GER)
1996 Henry H. Anderson, JR (USA)
1997 Carlo Rolandi (ITA)
1998 Peter Tallberg (FIN)
1999 Mary Pera (GBR)
2000 Livius Sherwood (CAN)
2001 Peter Siemsen (BRA)
2002 Jan Linge (NOR)
2003 John Tinker (CAN)
2005 Paul Henderson (CAN)
2006 Ken Ryan (IRL)
2007 Jacques Rogge (BEL)
2008 Nucci Novi Ceppellini (ITA)
2009 Bill Bentsen (USA)
2010 His Majesty King Constantine
2011 James “Ding” Schoonmaker (USA)
2013 Göran Petersson (SWE)
2014 David Kellett (AUS)
2016 George Andreadis (GRE)
More on the previous recipients http://www.sailing.org/worldsailing/about/beppe_croce.php
Source: Richard Aspland – World Sailing
World Sailing’s 2016 Annual Conference brings together international delegates this week in Barcelona, Spain. Here’s an update from November 10:
Today’s session at the 2016 Annual Conference saw the Committee meetings of Events, Constitution and Oceanic & Offshore as the debate and discussion in advance of World Sailing Council’s meeting on November 11 and 12 concluded.
The day opened with a statement from President Carlo Croce and the Board of World Sailing and an announcement of Santander, Spain and Kiel, Germany as host venues of the 2017 and 2018 Sailing World Cup Final followed, generating conversation around the Renaissance Fira Hotel.
As a Committee, Events features several experienced and well decorated sailors and team leaders. Names such as Alejandro Abascal, Spain’s first Olympic sailing gold medallist, Sari Multala (FIN), three-time World Champion and Olympian, 2008 Olympian and Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission Yann Rocherieux and a number of Olympic sailing team leaders sit on the Committee.
A Rio 2016 Olympic review opened the meeting with a number of records presented. Sixty-six nations sailed at Rio 2016 and 17 nations won medals, both numbers were records for sailing. A full overview of the Olympic Games including sports presentation, broadcasting, qualification and the competition itself was given.
Tokyo, Japan will host the next edition of the Olympic Games in 2020 and Enoshima, the 1964 venue, will hold the sailing competition. Preparation for Tokyo 2020 is full on and teams have already started to train and compete on the waters.
The International Olympic Committees Agenda 2020 was a leading topic with gender equity, innovation, format and the possibility of showcase events all discussed.
Looking further afield, a presentation on the 2024 Olympic Games was received. A decision on who will host the 2024 Olympic Games will be made in September 2017 during the IOC Session in Lima, Peru. The following cities / nations are bidding to host the 2024 Games with their sailing venue recommendations below:
• Budapest, Hungary – Lake Balaton
• Los Angeles, USA – Long Beach
• Paris, France – Marseilles
Full report…click here.
NOTE: With the meetings programme concluding today, the recommendations and reports will now go to the World Sailing Council who will meet on Friday November 11 from 13:00-18:00 local time (07:00-12:00 EST). To watch the meeting which will be streamed LIVE on YouTube… click here.
Barcelona, Spain (November 8, 2016) – World Sailing released today its Para World Sailing Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 as the sport seeks re-introduction into the Paralympic Sports Programme for 2024. The announcement occurred at World Sailing’s 2016 Annual Conference.
World Sailing President Carlo Croce said, “Sailing’s removal from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Sports Programme in January 2015 deeply saddened the sailing community. It was a great loss for Paralympic sport as a whole because Paralympic sailing allows a multitude of disabilities to compete on a level playing field.
“Action needed to be taken by World Sailing and the strategic goals that we have outlined today will ensure that sailing can put a strong bid together for re-introduction into the Paralympic Sports Programme for 2024, backed up by a doubling in investment in Para World Sailing activities by World Sailing over the next four years.”
The Para World Sailing Strategic Plan has four main goals:
• Increase worldwide participation to 40 nations on 4 continents by the end of 2020
• Expand competition, female and youth participation
• Deliver effective marketing & communications to increase engagement with Para World Sailors and sailing fans
• Ensure that there is a sound governance framework
The priorities and tactics to achieve the four main goals are laid out in detail within the strategic plan. The overarching aim of the plan is to ensure World Sailing presents a strong bid to the International Paralympic Committee for re-introduction into the 2024 Paralympic Games and future editions in the Spring of 2018.
Para World Sailing Manager Massimo Dighe, a London 2012 Paralympian, presented the strategic plan to an online audience and delegates in attendance at the Para World Sailing Forum, an open event at the 2016 Annual Conference.
On the release of the plan, Dighe said, “The IPC’s decision to remove sailing from the Paralympic Games Sports Programme was taken mainly because the sport did not meet the criteria laid out in the IPC Handbook’s minimum criteria for worldwide reach.
“The sport needed to react and take a proactive, forward thinking approach to reinstate and ensure a sustainable future for Paralympic sailing at future Games. We have a clear vision for growth and initiatives such as the Para World Sailing Development Program will play a major role in growing the sport in new nations.
“In addition, we will continue to work closely with the IPC, support and guide our stakeholders and find ways to develop and innovate Paralympic sailing.
“Although the removal of Paralympic sailing was of a great disappointment, we now have an opportunity under a new strategic vision to grow the sport, innovate and promote.”
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.
World Sailing’s 2016 Annual Conference brings together up to 700 delegates this week in Barcelona, Spain. Here’s an update from November 7:
World Sailing President Carlo Croce opened up the third day of the 2016 Annual Conference: Our Sustainable Future by welcoming the delegates to the city of Barcelona at the Opening Session.
This kick started what was a full day of activity at the Barcelona Renaissance Fira Hotel which was centred around the Sustainability Forum.
World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt presented the governing bodies sustainability strategy at the Forum. Further information here.
A round up of the day is available below:
Olympic Classes Sub-committee
Observers flocked in their numbers to the Olympic Classes Sub-committee today with their discussions generating a lot of interest around the conference.
They reviewed Rio 2016 and noted that there were still big areas for improvement in the way the sport is presented.
They turned their keen eye to future World Sailing events including the Sailing World Cup and the Aarhus 2018 Sailing World Championships. In addition, they had a robust discussion around formats for the next Olympic Sailing Competition and received a presentation from the Events Committee Format Working Party.
Development and Youth Committee
The Development and Youth Committee began with World Sailing Vice President Nazli Imre presenting the federations of Japan, Oman and Cyprus with World Sailing recognised training centre certification. Japan and Cyprus gained the status for the first time with Oman renewing theirs.
The presentations then moved on to six World Sailing Regional Developments Coordinators (RDC’s) whom all gave updates on their work and programmes throughout 2016 before World Sailing Nominated Expert Rob Holden updated the committee on future planned developments for the regional workforce.
Para World Sailing Manager, Massimo Dighe, presented the Paralympic Development Program (PDP) which has seen growth in the past year and he outlined plans for the future.
World Sailing Nominated Expert Rich Percy recapped on the 2016 World Sailing Development Symposium which was held in Singapore and also highlighted the positive outcomes and points which could be taken forward in to the 2017 edition in Argentina. – Read on
The Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards is the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of sailing, with five nominees in 2016 under consideration in the Male and Female categories.
The announcement of the 2016 female and male Rolex World Sailors of the Year will be made on Tuesday November 8 at the Casa Llotja de Mar in Barcelona, Spain, the host city of World Sailing’s 2016 Annual Conference.
The winners will be decided by World Sailing’s Member National Authorities, attendees on the night and for the first time, the voting public.
On Friday November 4 at 12:00 UTC the public will be invited to cast their vote on sailing.org for who they believe is the worthiest recipient of the coveted male and female Rolex World Sailor of the Year title. Voting will be open for a period of 72 hours, allowing the public to have their say in deciding the winner.
The announcement of the 2016 Rolex World Sailors of the Year will be made on Tuesday November 8 in Barcelona, Spain, the host city of the World Sailing’s 2016 Annual Conference. The nominees in 2016 are:
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL)
Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO)
Santiago Lange (ARG)
Giles Scott (GBR)
Damien Seguin (FRA)
Marit Bouwmeester (NED)
Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG)
Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA)
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR)
Charline Picon (FRA)
Previous recipients of the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award include:
2015 Peter Burling & Blair Tuke (NZL), Sarah Ayton (GBR)
2014 James Spithill (AUS), Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA)
2013 Mat Belcher (AUS), Jo Aleh & Polly Powrie (NZL)
2012 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Lijia Xu (CHN)
2011 Iker Martinez & Xabier Fernandez (ESP), Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)
2010 Tom Slingsby (AUS), Blanca Manchon (ESP)
2009 Torben Grael (BRA), Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)
2008 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Alessandra Sensini (ITA)
2007 Ed Baird (USA), Claire Leroy (FRA)
2006 Mike Sanderson (NZL), Paige Railey (USA)
2005 Fernando Echavarri & Anton Paz (ESP), Ellen MacArthur (GBR)
2004 Robert Scheidt (BRA), Sofia Bekatorou & Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)
2003 Russell Coutts (SUI), Siren Sundby (NOR)
2002 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Sofia Bekatorou & Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE)
2001 Robert Scheidt (BRA), Ellen MacArthur (GBR)
2000 Mark Reynolds & Magnus Liljedahl (USA), Shirley Robertson (GBR)
1999 Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL), Margriet Matthijse (NED)
1998 Ben Ainslie (GBR), Carolijn Brouwer (NED)
1997 Pete Goss (GBR), Ruslana Taran & Elena Pakholchik (UKR)
1996 Jochen Schümann (GER), Lai Shan Lee (HKG)
1995 Russell Coutts (NZL), Isabelle Autissier (FRA)
1994 Peter Blake (NZL) & Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR), Theresa Zabell (ESP)
Source: World Sailing
After the EU issued its potentially groundbreaking opinion on the anti-competitive nature of certain sporting rules last month we knew there’d be a shakeup, and the first shots have just been fired across ISAF World Sailing’s bows. The International Federation of Kitesports Organizations sent this letter to World Sailing, putting them on notice that their attempted monopolization of kiteboarding shouldn’t stand. With World Sailing’s AGM coming up next week and the all-important election to see if current President Carlo Croce will be allowed to continue his reign, this bombshell puts even more pressure on the MNA members to get with the times and elect someone who understands the ‘good ol’ boys’ days are over. Here’s the letter:
This Warning Letter is to inform WS that if it does not refrain from taking any decisions or voting concerning the Sport Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding on water at the next WS AGM in November/Barcelona and act in order to maintain the Kiteboarding status quo, we will unfortunately have to apply for a court order to ensure and preserve the IFKO governance rights on Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding on water sport.
This written warning is issued because, at first sight, WS has no legitimacy to govern the Sport of Kiteboarding on water (commonly known as Kitesurfing) demonstrated in the following evidences: a) WS by Constitution, denomination and aims is the governing body of the sport Sailing; b) IFKO is the only international federation in the world with the denomination, nature, object and objectives by constitution as governing body of all Kitesports; c) WS recognises “IKA” as the “class association” however there is no evidence or transparent proof of the existence of the legal registration of this entity as an “association” with this denomination since 2008.
Your failure to refrain from taking any decisions or voting concerning the Sport Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding on water at next WS AGM in November/Barcelona negatively impacts IFKO work and authority as governing body of the sport Kitesurfing. It demonstrates the intention of duplication of governance already taken by IFKO, disrespects the legal object and objectives of IFKO and directly damages the proper world organisation of the Kitesurfing sport.
This WS intention of usurpation of IFKO governance rights on Kitesurfing sport problem is not the first time. You have been informed and warned on four other occasions (by letter: 07/01/2016, 10/02/2016, 18/03/2016, 14/10/2016) to respect the IFKO existence, nature, object and objectives.
IFKO, as it is under SportAccord Membership application procedure, asked SportAccord and AIMS to set up and mediate a meeting between IFKO and WS Delegations which had a positive answer. We hope you will promptly accept the meeting request in a good will to achieve understanding in this “rivalry issue” on the Kitesurfing governance in good faith and reasonable grounds.