Monday, June 24, 2019

Nominations open for 2019 World Sailing Awards

To all: Member National Authorities, Class Associations, Council and Committee Members,

Nominations open for 2019 World Sailing Awards

World Sailing is inviting you all to nominate individuals, teams and organisations for the 2019 World Sailing Awards.

The nomination period for the Rolex World Sailor of the Year, the ultimate recognition of excellence, the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, World Sailing Hempel Team of the Year Award and the Boat of the Year Award is now open.

The World Sailing Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and exceptional contributions to the sport of sailing. The Awards night is the social highlight of the World Sailing Annual Conference and will be held in Bermuda on Tuesday 29 October.

Further information on the Awards is available in the attached news release with nomination forms available below:

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate in getting in touch.


Daniel Smith

Director of Communications and Digital

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20 Eastbourne Terrace
London, UK, W2 6LG

Governance Survey - World Sailing or World Sailing Marketing, Inc.?

Dear Competitive Sailor,
World Sailing has a proposed major change in its governance structure which is attached. There is a 108 question survey about the contents on the WS website for comment and suggestions.
A lot of professional effort has been brought to this proposal and survey. However, accepting that, corporate double speak frames the proposal. The survey is long but competitive sailors need to give voice to their opinions by filling it out. If World Sailing will not go to the boat-park, then the boat-park needs to go to them.
In the opinion of our global group of Concerned Sailors this proposed governance structure represents a revolution where the effect would radically change World Sailing into World Sailing Marketing, Inc.
History with other sports shows that the end result will be a self-serving organization controlled by a few who have assumed power; causing an escalation in the cost of competitive sailing and in the end reduce the number of participants able to compete.

The proposed structural governance will not change other fundamental issues in World Sailing. For example, there is at this moment a very serious complaint against Mr. Hunt and Mr. Anderson before the Ethics Commission regarding finances. Another example, the voting travesty in Sarasota violated the integrity basic to the scientific, engineering, medical and aviation professions.

Keep the Council as a legislative body with the power of the purse; set up a separate Olympic Committee as most MNAs do. This part needs to be vetted much more thoroughly than is possible in a survey.
The internal logic of the proposal suggests that one agree with most survey questions. Some questions require study and reflection far outside the time framework given.
A more global logic requires that where an issue should not be decided by the proposed structure then one must vote to partially or fully disagree. There will be a place to write a critical review and negative response on each set of questions.
You will find the survey here:
Where question 2 asks, "What is your main role or connection with World Sailing?" under "Other" you might sign in as, "a concerned competitive sailor" or as “a boat-park sailor”.
Attached is a worddocument version of the website interactive survey – it will make doing the survey quicker if reviewed in its entirety to give an overall framework.
Please contribute your views by doing the survey.
A Global Group of Concerned Sailors

Thursday, June 20, 2019

World Sailing 2019 Annual Conference Schedule

Dear World Sailing Members,

The schedule for World Sailing’s 2019 Annual Conference, which will be held in Bermuda from 26 October to 3 November, has been published.  The Fairmont Southampton Hotel, with the support of Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA), will host World Sailing delegates throughout the duration of the Annual Conference. 

Scheduling and further information is available here - 

Registration for the 2019 Annual Conference is also open and available for Committee members, Class Associations, Member National Authorities, Media, Manufacturers and Observers here.

Bermuda’s hosting of the 2019 Annual Conference looks to build on the legacy of the island hosting the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. The Conference is expected to make a substantial economic impact on Bermuda and drive awareness of the island to the sports major influencers. World Sailing will also work with local companies and the sailing community to maximise the opportunities available.

Please find further information in the attached press release.

Kind regards,

World Sailing Executive Office


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