Please select your home edition
Edition
YY.com app (top)

RYA response to Olympic events selection for Paris 2024

by Loretta Spridgeon, RYA 15 May 2018 11:09 PDT
Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

On Monday, 14 May the World Sailing Council met in London, Great Britain, during the international governing body's Mid-Year meeting to discuss and vote on the events that will make up the Sailing Competition of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Before the meeting it was confirmed that five of the current events would be retained, those being:

  • Men's One Person Dinghy
  • Women's One Person Dinghy
  • Women's Skiff - 49erFX
  • Men's Skiff – 49er
  • Mixed Two Person Multihull – Nacra 17
Following debate the five events added to the program would be:
  • Men's Windsurfer
  • Women's Windsurfer
  • Mixed One-Person Dinghy (New Event)
  • Mixed Two Person Dinghy (New Event)
  • Mixed Kite (New Event)
The RYA, whilst disappointed that the World Sailing Council did not feel able to support the recommendation of the Events Committee and its working party, are pleased to see sailing at the forefront of Olympic sports to be gender equal at both an athlete and event level.

There are however many unanswered questions that remain. The equipment that will be used for the three new events is yet to be decided and there is also some doubt over events that have equipment under antitrust review – namely the Laser, Laser Radial and RS:X.

The format of the new 'Mixed One Person Dinghy' event is unknown and the RYA anticipates considerable change to the formats of some other events – most notably both Men's and Women's windsurfing.

What is clear is that kitesurfing will now be part of the Olympic sailing program and we are looking forward to working with the British Kitesports Association to identify and support the best British kitesurfing talent for the future.

Ian Walker, RYA Director of Racing, commented: "There is a lot for us as a National Governing Body to consider, but as a former 470 sailor who has raced three Volvo Ocean Races but also enjoys recreational kitesurfing you can see that I, like the Events Committee and Council, was very conflicted. There was never going to be a decision that kept everybody happy.

"I am confident that whatever formats and equipment are finalised this November at the World Sailing Annual Conference, it will be an outstanding regatta at Paris 2024 and our coaching team and sailors will find ways to adapt and excel."

Andy Gratwick, British Kitesports Managing Director, added: "We are delighted to see World Sailing's significant steps towards inclusion of kiteboarding in the 2024 Olympic Games and potential exposure in Tokyo 2020 as a demonstration event.

"This is a huge and positive step for kiteboarding worldwide. We are excited to be involved in this new era of the sport and look forward to working together with the RYA on a performance pathway to ensure future British success in Olympic kiteboarding."

The message from World Sailing is very clear – sailing must be gender equal at all levels, appeal to the next generation of sailors, be event based and it must also appeal to the wider public and media.

There has been a clear mandate for change from the International Federation, but there still remains a great deal of work to be done on the racing formats for the new events and the presentation of sailing as a whole to meet the expectations of the IOC and increase the public appeal of the sport.

The RYA and its staff will continue to support World Sailing with this process and are confident that sailing will emerge stronger than ever for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Love Boating?

Then why not join the association that promotes and protects, safe, successful and rewarding British boating. Join today and support the RYA in protecting your boating rights and freedoms. Take advantage of free advice and support on all aspects of your boating, as well as enjoying a range of fantastic personal member offers. Find out more by calling 023 8060 4159, email or visit www.rya.org.uk

Related Articles

Sail Birmingham launches community sailing
Getting active outdoors is proven to positively impact health Sail Birmingham, launched by Midland Sailing Club, is putting community sailing at the heart of the city by making the water accessible to everyone of any age, background and ability. Posted today at 6:00 pm
Last chance to nominate for RYA Volunteer Awards
Nominations close on Friday 5th April Volunteers are the backbone of sailing clubs and the wider boating community, with thousands up and down the country giving up their time and resource each year – but how do we say thank you? Posted on 23 Mar
Chatham Marine renew RYA member offer for 2019
Footwear firm will continue to offer exclusive 20% discount All of Chatham Marine's footwear is designed to be comfortable, functional and able to withstand all that nature can throw at them - quality, durability, marine aesthetics and performance all form an integral part of the Chatham product. Posted on 23 Mar
GlobeSailor joins RYA Reward Partner Programme
Exclusive discount on sailing holidays for RYA members GlobeSailor, the European online yacht charter company, is the latest organisation to join the RYA's Member Reward Partner programme, offering exclusive discounts to the RYA's 112,000 members. Posted on 1 Mar
RYA to seek new partner for Youth RIB Championship
RYA thanks Honda for 17 hugely successful years of event support RYA is to seek a new partner to sponsor its RYA Youth RIB Championship, a national championship in which 8 - 16 year old Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) drivers demonstrate their skills with the goal of winning a RIB for their club. Posted on 27 Feb
Earn double RYA Joining Point commission in March
Double the standard commission values for the whole month Throughout March if your club, training centre or marine organisation is signed up to the RYA Joining Point programme you'll earn double the commission for every new RYA member you sign up. Posted on 26 Feb
Learning at RYA Affiliated Clubs Conferences
The conferences were the most popular yet The free regional conferences, which are held annually, featured key note speakers and a suite of workshops from the RYA and partners. Posted on 16 Feb
RYA welcomes recent government announcement
Education Secretary announces vision to help kids build character Speaking at the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership conference on 07 February, Mr Hinds spoke of the importance of character building activities in helping young people succeed in life and even improve academic outcomes. Posted on 11 Feb
The Future of Sailing webinars
View the full series so far Liz Rushall of Rushall Marketing, Mark Jardine, Editor of YachtsandYachting.com and Sail-World.com, and Alistair Dickson from the RYA Sport Participation Team have run a series of webinars over the last 12 months. Posted on 9 Feb
Spread the word about RYA membership
The RYA is calling on its 112,000 strong membership to help spread the word RYA is calling on its 112,000 strong membership to help spread the word about the many benefits of being a member to their friends and family and as a thank you they will be offering not one, but two special gifts for every new member that signs up. Posted on 2 Feb
YY.com app (top)