|Year of formation||14 October 1907|
|Former names||International Yacht Racing Union;
International Sailing Federation
|Patron||King Harald V of Norway
Constantine II of Greece
|Chief Executive||Andy Hunt|
|Head of Technical and Offshore||Jason Smithwick|
|Head of Competitions||Alastair Fox|
|Chief Marketing Officer||Malcolm Page|
|Head of Operations||Helen Fry|
|Number of staff||Approx. 24|
The rebranding of the name and federation logo as World Sailing occurred in December 2015. The four main aims of the rebranding are: more transparency, better communication, stronger governance and greater accountability.
- 1 History
- 2 Competition Formats
- 3 Para World Sailing history
- 4 Rules and regulations
- 5 Membership
- 6 Events
- 7 People
- 8 Official awards
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The creation of the International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU) began in 1904, when Major Brooke Heckstall-Smith AINA, then Secretary of the Yacht Racing Association (now the Royal Yachting Association) wrote to the Yacht Club de France, pointing out the desirability of holding a conference for the purpose of devising an International Rule of Measurement for Racing Yachts acceptable to all European countries. As a result, an International Conference of Yacht Measurement was held in London in January and June 1906, at which the Metre Rule was developed. This group went on to adopt a formal Constitution after a meeting at the Yacht Club de France in Paris on 14 October 1907 which is seen as the formation date of the International Yacht Racing Union.
On 5 August 1996, the IYRU changed its name to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
In December 2015, ISAF changed its name to World Sailing.
Competitive sailing regatta contain events which are defined by a combination of discipline, equipment, gender and sailor categories.
The following are the main disciplines:
- Fleet Racing – The commonest form of competitive sailing involving boats racing around a course.
- Match Racing – Two identical boats race against each other. This is one-on-one duel requires strategy and tactics. The first to cross the finish line wins.
- Team Racing – Two teams each of normally three boats compete against each other. Fast paced racing depends on excellent boat handling skills and rapid tactical decision making.
- Offshore/Oceanic – Any offshore race over 800 miles, including races around the world.
- Speed Sailing - Is managed by World Speed Sailing Record Council
- Wave riding is common to board sports
- Both windsurfing and kiteboarding are experimenting with new formats.
- Cruising – Can be a coastal day sail or a longer distance international journeys, it is the most commonly enjoyed sailing discipline.
Common categories of equipment include the following dinghies, multihulls, keelboats sailing yacht windsurfers, kiteboarding and radio-controlled sailboats. Within these categories normally specific class or rating system are used.
The majority of sailing events are "open" events in which male's and female's compete together on equal terms either as individuals or part of team. Sailing has had female only World Championships since the 1970s to encourage participation and now host more than 30 such World Championship titles each year. For the 2016 Olympics, compulsory mixed gender in the event will be added for the first time.
In addition the following categories are sometimes applied to events:
- Disabled Classification
- Sailor Classification
Para World Sailing history
Sailing is a versatile sport that can accommodate many types of disability primarily because it is equipment based. Sailing is one of the few sports where disabled sailors compete on equal terms to able body sailors. Almost any boat can be sailed though some are more suitable for larger ranges of disabilities.
ISAF merged with International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) in November 2014, and re-formed as ISAF Disabled Sailing. "The creation of a single governing body for Member National Authorities (MNAs) and sailors will better serve the needs and interests of sailors with disabilities, and provide consistency within the sport, from relationships with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to technical support and operational efficiencies."[according to whom?] 
The IFDS Foundation was dissolved during the 2015 ISAF Annual Conference in Sanya, China. The Disabled Sailing Committee then re-branded as the Para World Sailing Committee.
Rules and regulations
World Sailing is now most familiar to sailors for defining the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the international standard used to define competition rules and the framework within which racing is conducted.
Para sailing regattas for para sailors likewise follow the World Sailing rulebook with a minor change: A 1-turn penalty and adapted seating, mobility modifications (like servo-assist devices for the severely disabled sailors) depending on need. Strict classification requirements are enforced in the Paralympic Games for fair competition in Paralympic-class keelboats.
The key documents under control of World Sailing are:
- Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) – The RRS Rulebook is updated on every Olympic year.
- Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS)
- Offshore Special Regulations (OSR)
- ISAF Regulations and Constitution
Like all sports federations, World Sailing is composed of "Member National Authorities" (MNA's) from over 140 countries all of who have the right to make submissions to determine World Sailing's policies.
Persons with a physical impairment who are interested to learn to sail are encouraged to locate their national World Sailing Member National Authority (MNA), Disabled Sports Organization, or visit the local sailing club, as World Sailing seeks to integrate the differently abled into the sport.
The federation recognizes over 80 classes which are each entitled to hold world championships.
- International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS)
- Offshore Racing Congress (ORC)
- World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC)
- International Radio Sailing Association (IRSA)
Sailing and the Olympics
World Sailing is responsible for administration of the Olympic Sailing Regatta. Sailing (called yachting in the early years) has been a mainstay of the modern summer Olympic games since 1896, omitted only from the 1904 summer games in St. Louis.
To help encourage high level international competition in the Classes used for the Olympic Games, World Sailing arrange the following events:
- Sailing World Championships this is held every four years and is the combined World Championships for the Olympic classes and used as part of the Olympic Qualifying procedure
- Sailing World Cup and annual global sailing tour
Sailing in the Paralympic Games
Para World Sailing is responsible for disabled sailing worldwide. It is administered through the World Sailing Secretariat in Southampton, UK and the Para World Sailing Committee.
Sailing is open to athletes with physical impairment. The classification system is based on: hand function, stability, mobility and vision. Athletes compete in three events, which are non-gender specified: single-person keelboats, 2-person keelboats and 3-person keelboats.
World Sailing classes world championships
Each World Sailing class is entitled to hold a world championship
World Sailing initiated world championships and events
The following World Championships are held:
- Sailing World Championships
- Sailing World Cup
- Youth Sailing World Championships
- Team Racing World Championship
- Offshore Team Racing World Championship
- Women's Match World Championship
- Open Match Racing World Championship (Presently awarded to the overall winner of the World Match Racing Tour)
- Nations Cup
- IYRU Women's World Championships (from 1978 to 1992)
World Sailing recognised world championships
- Offshore Racing Congress
- International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS)
- International Radio Sailing Association
World Sailing special events
From 1906 to 1946 a chairman was elected from time to time to orchestrate the annual meetings.
- 1946–1955: Sir Ralph Gore was elected the first President
- 1955–1969: Sir Peter Scott
- 1969–1986: Beppe Croce
- 1986–1994: Peter Tallberg
- 1994–2004: Paul Henderson
- 2004–2012: Göran Petersson
- 2012–present: Carlo Croce
Vice presidents have been elected since 1955.
- 1998–2008: David Kellett
- 2004–2012: David Irish, Teresa Lara, Teo Ping Low
- 2008–2012: Alberto Predieri, Eric Tulla, Tomasz Holc
- 2008–present: Nazli Imre, Gary Jobson, Qunhai Li, Scot Perry
- 2012–present: Georg Andreadis, Chris Atkins, Adrienne Greenwood
Presidents of Honour
- 1958–1991: HM King Olav V of Norway
- 1994–present: HM King Constantine II of Greece, HM King Harald V of Norway
There are four types of race officials used to conduct sailing events recognised by ISAF as follows:
World Sailing hold the following awards together with service medals.
Rolex World Sailor of the Year
The main annual award the "Rolex World Sailor of the Year" that is sponsored by ROLEX in the following categories:
- Male World Sailor of the Year
- Female World Sailor of the Year
When a crew of 1, 2 or 3 people is nominated, the awarded is presented to the entire crew. When larger crews win the award, normally only the skipper is recognised.
Hall of Fame
- Olin Stephens (USA)
- Dame Ellen MacArthur (GBR)
- Paul Elvstrøm (DEN)
- Barbara Kendall (NZL)
- Eric Tabarly (FRA)
- Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR)
At the 2015 Annual Conference in Sanya, China, there were seven further inductees.
- Dennis Conner (USA)
- Alessandra Sensini (ITA)
- Harold Vanderbilt (USA)
- Sir Peter Blake (NZL)
- Buddy Melges (USA)
- Valentin Mankin (RUS)
- Torben Grael (BRA)
Beppe Croce Trophy
The Beppe Croce Trophy is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing. The roll of honour is an impressive one, including multiple Olympic medallists, rules gurus and designers, and all have dedicated an outstanding amount of time to the sport of sailing. Recipients are presented with a replica trophy.
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