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Monday, July 22, 2019

Making World Sailing More Sustainable


Dear World Sailing Member,

Thank you to all who have been working with me to help make the sport more sustainable.

I’d like to bring a few items to your attention:

  1. Entries open for World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability award
World Sailing have just opened entries for the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award. A $10,000 prize goes to the winner. We are looking for applications from clubs/events/MNAs/classes/builders etc who deserve global recognition for sustainability efforts. If you have been working on anything over the last year, I would encourage you to apply. Please also share with your own members so they may apply, such as sailing clubs or national class associations. You might find the following easiest to share:  WS press release, Facebook video , APPLICATION FORM  

  1. Guidance materials development – case studies needed
    World Sailing have received funding to put together guidance for sailing clubs to lower their environmental impact. This will be launched at the 2019 Annual Conference as a freely available resource for all to use. To make the resource more relevant to you all, we are seeking international case studies from sailing clubs who have made changes to their club. We are looking for replicable projects covering: energy use, waste management, water recovery, micro renewables, refuelling, invasive species management and more. Please contact me if you know of a club that would be a good case study.

  1. Sustainability Workshop at 2019 Annual Conference
    At this year’s annual conference (Tuesday 29th October), we will have a sustainability workshop (that will also be audio streamed for those who cannot attend). This year, we want to make it relevant to you. Please let me know if you have a particular question or topic you’d like addressed, or whether you have a success story you’d like to share.

  1. 1:1 session with World Sailing Head of Sustainability
    At the 2019 Annual Conference, we are offering 1:1 sustainability sessions to assist you with creating individual plans for your organisation. Please let me know if you would like a slot. Those not attending the conference, this will still be available via video conference facility so please get in touch.


Best wishes

Dan


Dan Reading

Head of Sustainability


 

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Monday, July 15, 2019

World Sailing renews World Match Racing Tour status


To all: Council members, Class Associations and Member National Authorities

World Sailing renews World Match Racing Tour status

World Sailing has renewed the Special Event status of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) through to 2028.

The announcement comes after the conclusion of the 2018-19 World Match Racing Tour Championship Final last weekend in Marstrand, Sweden which saw Phil Robertson (NZL) crowned Match Racing World Champion for the second time.

The Special Event Agreement, signed with EFB Group, who took over ownership of the WMRT in December 2018, will see World Sailing work actively together with WMRT to promote the global tour which awards the World Sailing Match Racing World Championship each year.

Over the next ten-years, World Sailing will work with WMRT collaboratively to promote the growth of match racing and the world tour through various owned media channels, including social media and digital platforms, as well as extending the reach of the tour through traditional media.

Please find further information attached.

If you have any specific questions, please direct them to Alastair Fox, Director of Events.

Regards,
Daniel


Daniel Smith

Director of Communications and Digital

World Sailing renews World Match Racing Tour status
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has renewed the Special
Event status of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) through to 2028.
The announcement comes after the conclusion of the 2018-19 World Match
Racing Tour Championship Final last weekend in Marstrand, Sweden which
saw Phil Robertson (NZL) crowned Match Racing World Champion for the
second time.
The Special Event Agreement, signed with EFB Group, who took over
ownership of the WMRT in December 2018, will see World Sailing work actively
together with WMRT to promote the global tour which awards the World Sailing
Match Racing World Championship each year.
Founded in 2000, the WMRT promotes match racing around the world and is
the longest running global professional series in sailing. The WMRT represents
a series of independently organised and officially sanctioned and graded match
racing events. Teams accumulate points from each of the events towards an
overall WMRT global ranking. The top 12 ranked skippers compete in the
WMRT Championship Finals at the end of the season to award the official
World Sailing Match Racing World Championship. Since 2000, the World Match
Racing Tour and its events have awarded over $20million USD in prize money
to sailors which has helped to contribute to the career pathway of many of
today’s professional sailors.
Over the next ten-years, World Sailing will work with WMRT collaboratively to
promote the growth of match racing and the world tour through various owned
media channels, including social media and digital platforms, as well as
extending the reach of the tour through traditional media.
The WMRT events will continue to be managed under World Sailing's Racing
Rules of Sailing and Regulations with World Sailing International Umpires
appointed at each event.
Word Sailing and the WMRT are committed to the long term development of
Match Racing and will work in partnership to develop a comprehensive strategy
to strengthen the pathways, universality, women’s participation and promotion
of the top match racers around the world.
World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030 sets out the sports ambitious plans
to make a contribution to global sustainability and the WMRT have committed to
working towards aligning the world tour and its events with the key principles.
Within the World Sailing and WMRT Special Events agreement, the WMRT
have signed up to World Sailing’s Special Event Sustainability Charter.
The World Match Racing Tour continues its Special Event status as one of five
sanctioned World Sailing Special Events which currently include SailGP, PWA
World Tour, Star Sailors League and the Global Kitesports Associations
freestyle world tours.
For more information on WMRT, visit www.wmrt.com.
ABOUT THE WORLD MATCH RACING TOUR
Founded in 2000, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) promotes the sport of
match racing around the world and is the longest running global professional
series in the sport of sailing. The World Tour represents a series of
independently organised and officially sanctioned match racing events. Teams
accumulate points from each of the events towards an overall WMRT global
ranking, the top twelve teams from which compete in the WMRT Championship
Finals at the end of the season.
The WMRT is awarded ‘Special Event’ status by the sport’s world governing
body - World Sailing – and the winner of the WMRT each year is crowned World
Sailing Match Racing World Champion. Previous Champions include Bertrand
Pace (FRA), Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR), Jesper Radich (DEN), Magnus Holmberg
(SWE), Peter Holmberg (USA), Peter Gilmour (AUS), Ian Williams (GBR),
Adam Minoprio (NZL), Taylor Canfield (ISV), Phil Robertson (NZL) and Torvar
Mirsky (AUS).
The WMRT is a match racing competition with racing taking place in identically
supplied racing yachts which change for each event and which place a firm
focus on teamwork, strategy and skill. Racing takes place close to shore to
create stadium-style viewing for spectators.

Expression of interest - 2020 Offshore World Championship Qualifiers


Dear Sir or Madame,

World Sailing is developing the qualification system for the 2020 Offshore World Sailing Championship.
To evaluate the options, we kindly requests a preliminary expression of interest from MNAs on the following:

  • Expression of interest to participate in the qualification event.
  • Expression of interest to host a qualification event.

Please send declarations of interest before the 15th July 2019 to technical@sailing.org

Interested MNAs should consider the following initial requirements:

Expression of interest to have representation in the qualification event:
  • Attendance is mandatory to be awarded a quota place for the 2020 Offshore World Sailing Championship
  • Time frame: December 2019 – July 2020
  • Mixed two person crew is mandatory
  • Up to 4 days, 3 nights offshore regatta
  • Athletes must be a national on the MNA they are representing
  • Quota places are awarded to MNAs. The MNAs will determine the athletes selected for their entry to the World Championship
  • Venue tbc.
  • Supplied charter boats
  • Expected cost of participation in the qualification event circa 15k euros +/- 20%
  • A minimum mileage sailed as team and a passed offshore personal survival course may be required to enter the race.

Expression of interest to host one or more qualification events:
  • Supply a chartered fleet of 10 to 20, 6-10m LOA offshore capable one design keelboats
  • Time frame: December 2019 – July 2020
  • Organize a 2 person mixed offshore regatta of up to 4 days, 3 nights of sailing.
  • Open water course suitable for offshore racing, easily accessible for visiting teams
  • Cost to competing teams limited to circa 15k euros +/- 20% 
  • The event could run alongside or within an existing offshore event (this is encouraged)

Background information
Announced in 2017, the Offshore Sailing World Championship will be a powerful platform to accelerate the interest and growth of offshore one-design mixed double-handed sailing within the sailing community.

Originally earmarked to be held in 2019, World Sailing postponed the hosting to 2020 to allow a full qualification system to be developed, allowing ample opportunity for Member National Authorities to qualify and prepare for the event.

The 2020 Offshore Sailing World Championship will be organised in collaboration with the Royal Malta Yacht Club.

Kind Regards,

Hendrik Plate

Technical Specialist

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