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below is the official statement from the ISAF council meeting-
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has confirmed
the final event and equipment selections for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing
The ISAF Council voted that Kiteboarding will replace
windsurfing for the men's and women's board events and confirmed the equipment
that will be used for the Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull Events.
Mackay FX, referred to as the 49er FX, was selected yesterday as the two person
women's skiff and today the Nacra 17 joins the Olympic equipment family after
being selected for the two person mixed multihull event.
The 49er FX
received the majority of votes from the ISAF Council in the first round after
the six evaluation trial entries were narrowed down to just three; the 29erXX,
the RS900 and the 49er FX.
There was an equally animated debate on the
final morning of the Council meeting at this year's ISAF Mid-Year Meeting to
decide the equipment to be selected for the mixed multihull event. After
discussing the recommendations from the Evaluation Panel, the Equipment
Committee and the Events Committee, Council voted between the Nacra 17 and the
Viper with the Nacra 17 securing the majority.
The final discussion on
the events and equipment for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition was about the
men's and women's board events with Council voting in favour or
In November 2011 an evaluation group was appointed to
examine kiteboarding formats with the board events for Rio 2016 defined as
'windsurfing and/or kiteboarding'. The Evaluation Group recommended that
kiteboarding be included in the ISAF Event family including the ISAF Sailing
World Cup and the ISAF Sailing World Championships but Council went one step
further and selected Kiteboarding for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition
The ISAF Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Committee will consider
and make further recommendations to Council on the implementation of the
inclusion of kiteboarding at their meeting in November 2012 at the ISAF Annual
ISAF President Göran Petersson said, "These announcements
mark a new era for sailing and we welcome the new classes into the ISAF family.
The equipment selections have fulfilled the criteria set out by the Evaluation
Panel and we look forward to seeing the boats not only at the Rio 2016 Olympic
Games, but the ISAF Sailing World Cup and ISAF Sailing World
"Kiteboarding has proven to us that it is ready to be
included into the list of prestigious ISAF Events and it is a fantastic addition
to the sailing programme for the 2016 Olympic Games."
The events to be
contested at the 2016 Olympic Games are confirmed as:
Men's One Person Dinghy -
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Men's One Person Dinghy
(heavy) - Finn
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Women's Two Person Dinghy -
Men's Skiff - 49er
Women's skiff - 49er FX
Mixed Two Person
Multihull - Nacra 17
These ten events will be featured in the 2012-2013
ISAF Sailing World Cup which kicks off in Melbourne in December and will come
together in Santander, Spain in 2014 for the ISAF Sailing World
ISAF Council also approved applications from Kosovo (Group
C) and Vietnam (Group K) for full member status.