Laser left!

In the British capital hosted the Annual conference of World Sailing. It concluded with the meeting of the Council of WS, which this time was represented in full force – 42 votes.

We present the main issues and solutions. All voting was conducted as a secret. Here is what he told the website Council member WS Oleg Ilyin:

Windsurfing. The question is as follows: leave the class RS:X as the Olympic games in 2024 or revise a previously approved Council decision and an evaluation of the competition this summer. Objective: to compare the characteristics of different classes of boards, and then to propose to the General Assembly in November to elect a class of a sailing Board for the Games in 2024.

Voting: 19 votes IN favor, 23 votes “AGAINST” (in other words, for the assessment of the competition).

Of course, this is not a final decision, and the specific class of the Olympic Board is not named, but RS:X dramatically lost its position.

Kite. The Council almost unanimously supported the proposals of the Committee of Equipment and the International kiteboarding Association (IKA) and unanimously approved as equipment for the Games in 2024 IKA Formula Kite.

Voting: “FOR” the proposal voted by 40 members of the Council (1 abstention).

Mixed category of the two male/female as a room of the Olympic program. Also unanimously, the Council voted “FOR” the 470 class in the Olympic program in 2024.

Dinghy single men/women. This question caused a long and controversy discussion. The reason: the categorical recommendation of the Committee of Equipment on the replacement Laser Dinghy new RS Aero.

The voting took place in two stages:

1) or not to Support the proposal of the Committee. Total: 5 votes IN favor, 36 votes AGAINST. The proposal did not pass.

2) Next, the members of the Council proposed to give preference to a particular class. The overwhelming majority Laser has defended its position in an Olympic boat for 2024.

With regard to the recent scandal, the next week here in London, will host the joint meeting of the management World Sailing with the representatives of ILCA and all leading manufacturers of yacht class Laser.

Deuce keel, and a mixed discharge. As before, was not named no class-candidate for Olympic status. Discussed only procedural issues. The Directorate and the Equipment Committee strongly insisted on the following:

– To postpone the approval of the list of sailing classes candidates from 31 December 2019 year later, on December 31, 2020;

– To call a specific class cruising yachts Olympic for 2024 , which quite unexpectedly proposed to postpone the approval of the list of candidates classes of cruising yachts from December 2019 to December 2020. And that’s not all – it is proposed to call a specific class-the Olympian in December 2023.

Vote: 40 votes were cast favor of both proposals of the Directorate.

In addition to the Olympic concerns, the Council considered a number of important issues. The most important of them is the strategy of World Sailing in the coming years. It would be easier to say that it is a question of adjustment. Affected the very foundations of the international Union of boaters. But this is a complex question, in two words can not explain. So let’s come back to it later.

Oleg Ilyin, member of the Board WS

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