RYA applauds 2016 sailing events decision

by RYA 
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The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has today welcomed the International Sailing Federation’s selection of sailing events for the 2016 Olympic Games.

At the conclusion of their mid-year meetings in St Petersburg (RUS) on Saturday (7 May), ISAF Council voted on the slate of ten events which will form the sailing competition for the Rio Games in five years’ time.

The 29-man ISAF Council supported the introduction of a women’s skiff event, and the revival of a multihull event which will be a two-person mixed event for Rio (ie one man, one woman) at the expense of the men’s and women’s keelboat events (Star and Elliot 6m Women’s Match Racing).

Evaluation trials will be held between now and November 2012 to determine which boats will be used for the women’s skiff and multihull events, and also to decide whether to replace the men’s and women’s windsurfing events with kitesurfing.

The 2016 sailing events will be:

· Men’s Board or Kiteboard - evaluation
· Women’s Board or Kiteboard - evaluation
· Men’s One Person Dinghy - Laser
· Women’s One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
· Men’s second One Person Dinghy - Finn
· Men’s Skiff - 49er
· Women’s Skiff – Evaluation
· Men's Two Person Dinghy – 470
· Women's Two Person Dinghy – 470
· Mixed Two Person Multihull - Evaluation

'The RYA is supportive of the slate of events agreed today by ISAF Council, which shows progression within the sport and a clear pathway now, particularly for girls transitioning from the youth classes into Olympic campaigning,' said John Derbyshire, the RYA’s Racing Manager and Performance Director.

'It’s disappointing in some ways to be losing an old friend with the removal of the Star class, which has been a fixture in Olympic sailing since 1932, and that women’s match racing hasn’t proved as successful as it was hoped it might.

'The mood of the meeting clearly showed that the retention of the keelboat events is not the right thing for the future growth and appeal of the sport in Olympic terms right now, and that the events chosen reflect more the mass participation of young sailors within sailing and the RYA supports those views.'

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