What"s Happening at the ISAF Conference?
The ISAF Conference kicked off last Thursday (4/11/10) in Athens and runs until Sunday (14/11/10). This annual event is where recommendations to the International Olympic Committee(IOC) are formulated, the direction of competitive sailing world-wide is discussed, and hence the format of the ISAF Youth Worlds and the RYA"s Youth Racing Programme strategy are influenced. Our team (Chris turner, Charles Glover & Pippa Wilson) flew out early last Tuesday (9/11/10) to meet up with Jen Glass, Jerelyn Biehl and Lizzi Rountree from the International Association to promote the 29er and XX to the various sub-committees at the conference.There are a number of interesting conference submissions from the RYA and International 29er Association plus one from the Swedish Sailing Federation requesting separate 29er girls & boys events at the Youth Worlds. The real decisions tend to be made towards the end of this week and then put forward for ratification by the Executive Committee on Sunday. One early recommendation concerning Olympic classes came out on Tuesday.Giles