To change any event, firstly that line in
the current Events slate for 2024 needs 75% of a World Sailing Council
vote to be re-opened. Once that line is open and the event changed a
separate submission is then needed to propose a class for that event,
but that only needs a simple majority vote. Each submission can be taken
in isolation but all together they could result in the reinstatement of
the Finn while retaining absolute gender equity across all ten events.
By providing these submissions now, there is a small chance that a 75%
majority vote can be achieved. Feedback from some of the MNAs that have
reviewed these new submissions is broadly positive, and the Class is
hopeful that many other MNAs and Council Members will support these
It would be easy to dismiss them out of hand and maintain the status
quo, however the arguments behind their purpose will not go away. So
everyone is encouraged to read, digest, ask questions and see whether
there is common ground on which enough can agree to achieve a 75% vote
The key points of the proposals are:
1. One of the main problems with the current proposed slate is that
there are three standing up Board classes, which is arguably one too
many. If Boards occupy 30% of the events, it is not representative of
sailing as a sport globally. Additionally as the Board events all head
towards foiling classes they start to look very similar. The submissions
offer lots of choices and opportunities for both men and women to stand
up on foiling boards and compete at the Olympics but within an
allocation of two events and not three.
2. Submissions 01 and 02 propose replacing the Mixed Kite with the Finn,
but that does not represent an attack on the Kite event as submissions
03, 04, 05 and 06 then propose reintroducing it.
3. The Submissions make no mention of the Mixed Keelboat. The event has
support within the World Sailing Council and the submissions do not
bring us into conflict with that.
4. That brings us on to Submissions 07 and 08. Depending on what happens
with 01 to 06, Council has the opportunity to change the Mixed Two
Person Dinghy event to a Women’s event to correct any gender imbalance
created by previous submissions. Council is being given a choice with
suggestions of either a Women’s Two Person Dinghy or a Lightweight
Women’s One Person Dinghy.