May 16, 2018

World Sailing Confirmed pending events for 2024



One of the most interesting events for 2014 could be the Foil Windsurfing event. Currently being pushed by Argentine top Windsurfer and winner of last PWA Foiling event in Japan, our friend & truly great person, Gonzalo Costa Hoevel, through Star-Board . Their aim is to replace Neil Pryde RSX. As current PWA Foiling also works in floating mode, and are getting airborne (as reported by Gonza and video above) in about 6-7knots I see it as a convertible option being able to works boats ways as the Nacra 17.
Check this Windsurf Foiling race from the recent Japan event: here

2016 Nacra 17 Gold Medal by Lange & Carranza has a strong windsurfing background behind, as Lange's former crew was double Silver Windsurfing medalist Camau Espínola, who later helped Lange to get his first two Olympic medals (Tornado), totalling 4 (2 Mistral & 2 Tornado) for Espinola
after Beijing.

Cats & Windsurfers/Kiters have been always seen as beachcat second level for traditional sailing, now in 2020 they are the ones which will maintain Sailing as an Olympic sport in the future.
Aside any opinion it is a fact that we cannot discuss and even current World Sailing President acknowledges.
Still World Sailing will have its annual World Cups, and 470s, Finns and all traditional dinghies will have a pinnacle to aim for. For the Olympics, I think beyond any other consideration the Foiling events will maintain sailing as an aspirational and cool sport for current and future generations.

Foil Kite boarding will be also selected for sure, and they should put an A-Class as mixed event too. The As can work and race in 5 knots too, so it will have a broader range than a Moth for instance.

Confirmed events:
Men's Windsurfer
Women's Windsurfer
New Event, Mixed One-Person Dinghy
New Event, Mixed Two Person Dinghy
New Event, Mixed Kiteboard

They join the following Events and their Equipment on the Paris 2024 slate:

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser*
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial*
Women's Skiff - 49erFX
Men's Skiff - 49er
Mixed Two Person Multihull - Nacra 17
*subject to separate equipment re-evaluation
Below World Sailing official announcement , source : www.sailing.org
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World Sailing fully embrace IOC Olympic Agenda 2020 with proposed events for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition that are gender equal, youthful, universal and include four mixed events following the decisions made at the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting in London, Great Britain.

World Sailing fully embrace IOC Olympic Agenda 2020 with proposed events for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition that are gender equal, youthful, universal and include four mixed events following the decisions made at the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting in London, Great Britain.

From 10-15 May 2018, more than 200 delegates met in London for the meetings of the Board, Events Committee, Equipment Committee and World Sailing's Council.

Discussions on the Paris 2024 Olympic Events ebbed and flowed and the sports stakeholders sought to ensure that sailing continues to maximise its impact in the sporting world.

After having received more than fifty submissions it came down to the choice of two submissions, both including four mixed events, the difference being a mixed keelboat event versus a mixed singlehanded dinghy event.

After a full democratic process, World Sailing's Council confirmed the five new Events for Paris 2024, following the confirmation of the five earlier this year, as:

Men's Windsurfer
Women's Windsurfer
New Event, Mixed One-Person Dinghy
New Event, Mixed Two Person Dinghy
New Event, Mixed Kiteboard

They join the following Events and their Equipment on the Paris 2024 slate:

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser*
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial*
Women's Skiff - 49erFX
Men's Skiff - 49er
Mixed Two Person Multihull - Nacra 17
*subject to separate equipment re-evaluation

Combined, the full list of Events ensures an exciting new future for Olympic sailing that will enable sailors with the broadest range of physiques to compete across a diverse set of Events and Equipment.

Kiteboarding will attract new sailors into the sport and engage and inspire them. At the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, Kiteboarding will feature on the Olympic programme for the first time.

The Mixed Two-Person Multihull, Nacra 17, was adopted for the Rio 2016 quadrennial and proved to showcase the talents of both male and female sailors side by side. At Rio 2016, the competition gave spectators a thrilling finale as Santiago Lange and Cecillia Carranza Saroli (ARG) sealed an emotional gold medal.

The introduction of a Mixed Two Person Dinghy will bring male and female competitors together again on the same piece of Equipment to provide another challenge.

The Mixed One-Person Dinghy will feature male and female sailors racing on separate boats and will require teamwork for transferring knowledge for a team effort, to achieve the ultimate glory - an Olympic gold medal.

At Tokyo 2020 World Sailing will have full gender equity in athlete numbers, however the new Events proposed for Paris 2024 will ensure gender equity at an Event level for the first time.

The Formats and Equipment for the new Events will be discussed towards the latter part of the year at the 2018 Annual Conference. The IOC will make its final decisions on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games programme in December 2020.

The full Council meeting is available to listen back below:
Council Day 1 - https://youtu.be/BGujv7Cf3Zk
Council Day 2 - https://youtu.be/jtXSGC_QdRA

Read the update on the selection process here - http://www.sailing.org/news/86947.php#.WvsHx6kh1Yg.

During the discussions, the introduction of an Offshore Event was put forward and supported by numerous Council members. Working in close collaboration with major Oceanic events such as the Volvo Ocean Race, World Sailing has put offshore racing high on its agenda and recently announced that the inaugural Offshore World Championship would be held in 2019.

The Championship is a new annual offshore double-handed mixed competition between nations, featuring 20 boats. It is designed to cater to the fast-growing double-handed offshore community worldwide. An important goal is to engage with new countries by providing turnkey equipment ready to use at the event venue as well as a training academy.
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