Report to the Member National Authorities of

The Pan American sailing Federation (PASAF)

July 2012

This past weekend 6 members (Ralph Nelles, Peter Hall, David Covo, Rich Jeffries, Coco Barreda and Scott Perry) of the Executive Committee of the PASAF met in Toronto the host city of the 2015 Pan American Games. The remaining 2 members (Cor van Aanholt and Andres Santana) of the Executive Committee were unable to participate as Andres Santana was busy at the Optimist Worlds in Santo Domingo and Cor van Aanholt was busy with the Olympics in London.

Below please find a summary of the various subjects dealt with:

1)    PASAF Constitution

A copy of the new PASAF Constitution which was approved and adopted by the PASAF Executive Committee pursuant to the instructions of the General Assembly of the PASAF at their meeting in Rio de Janeiro in July 2007 can be found in the PASAF web site (www.panamsailing.org). The only substantive change is the manner in which the President of the PASAF will now be elected (Article 7.5 VI). The next President of the PASAF will be elected by the General Assembly at its next meeting in Toronto in July 2015.

2)    Visit to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) in Toronto.

The RCYC will be the venue for the sailing competition at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Members of the Executive Committee visited the RCYC and were very impressed with the facilities and depth of experience at the RCYC. The location of the RCYC on an island in front of Toronto make it an ideal location from an access and spectator point of view. In fact the RCYC is the closest sport venue to the athletes village for the 2015 Pan American Games. In summary we could not ask for a better facility and location. Pictures of the RCYC will be posted on the PASAF web site (www.panamsailing.org).

3)    The Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club (TS&CC) offer

For those MNAs which may be interested in training before the games themselves the TS&CC which is located in very close proximity to the RCYC, has very kindly offered its facilities. Please check the PASAF website for further information..

4)    Qualifiers for the sailing competition at the 2015 Pan American Games

A working party of Rich Jeffries, David Covo and Coco Barreda are in the process of producing a comprehensive schedule of qualifiers for the various classes selected for the sailing competition at the 2015 Pan American Games. These will be shortly posted on the PASAF web site (www.panamsailing.org).

5)    PASAF dues

The Executive Committee decided to reduce the number of categories of PASAF dues from the 3 we have at present (US$ 50, US$ 100 and US$ 200) to only 2 categories (US$ 100 and US$ 200). To see which category applies to your MNA is in please refer to the PASAF web site (www.panamsailing.org).

6)    Events and Equipment for the sailing competition at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto

In choosing the events and equipment for the 2015 Pan American Games the Executive Committee is fully aware that it is impossible to please all sailors in the 29 countries which are members of the PASAF. With over 100 ISAF Classes and easily between 20 and 30 classes regularly sailed in our member countries some sailors are bound to be disappointed. In choosing the events and equipment the Executive Committee considered the following:

–       The many replies we received to the questionnaire on the subject which was sent to all 29 countries.

–       The fact that the ISAF, the organizers of the 2015 Pan American Games and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) encourage us to make the Pan American Games qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

–       The prevailing sailing conditions in the waters surrounding the RCYC.

–       The availability of equipment in the area.

–       The fact that we are limited by the organizers of the 2015 Pan American Games to 140 athletes and 9 medals (events).

–       The fact that the organizers of the 2015 Games, the ISAF and the IOC want greater gender equality.

Bearing all of the above in mind the Executive Committee chose the following events and equipment for the sailing competitions at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto (total number of participants 140):

 

Class

Gender

Number

of boats

Number of sailors

RS:X

Men

12

12

RS:X

Women

8

8

Laser Standard

Men

12

12

Laser Radial

Women

12

12

49er

Men

10

20

Sunfish

Open

12

12

Lightning

Mixed

8

24

Hobie 16

Mixed

8

16

J24

Open

8

24

 

NOTE:

i)               Open means in the case of the Sunfish that it can be sailed by men or women or in the case of the J24 by men, or women or a combination of the two.

ii)             Mixed means that the crew must include at least one member of a different gender

iii)            The J24 will be sailed by 3 crew using the jib but not the genoa.

iv)            The kite was considered but discarded as a possibility because of the very light winds typically experienced in Toronto area during July which is the period of the 2015 Games.

The Executive Committee believes that the above slate of events and equipment provides the diversity and calls for the range of skill sets to make the sailing competition at the 2015 Games exciting and challenging for both the competitors and the spectators.