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ISAF Selects Kiteboarding For Rio 2016
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has confirmed the final event
and equipment selections for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.
The ISAF Council voted that Kiteboarding will replace Windsurfing for the women’s board events and confirmed the equipment that will be used for the Women’s Skiff and Mixed Multihull Events.
The 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
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 women’s board events with Council voting in favour or kiteboarding.
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 as well.
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:
Women’s One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Women’s Two Person Dinghy - 470
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 Championships.