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World Sailing’s AGM during the 2022 Annual Conference in Abu Dhabi
World Sailing has voted overwhelmingly with a 93.85% majority to approve changes to its governance structure, which will enable the federation to be more efficient and increase transparency in line with the requirements of a modern global sporting body. The…
Nine athletes have been nominated for the Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2022 – including world champions, Olympic medallists and world record holders
The World Sailing Awards 2022, celebrating excellence and achievement in sailing, will take place on Tuesday, 25 October 2022, starting from 16.30 UTC. The 90-minute ceremony, hosted by Alec Wilkinson and Shirley Robertson OBE, will be broadcast live on the…
World Sailing President, Quanhai Li, has met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach and IOC Vice President Ser Miang Ng at the Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland
World Sailing President, Quanhai Li, has met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach and IOC Vice President Ser Miang Ng at the Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland, with World Sailing CEO David Graham. Li reaffirmed World Sailing’s warm relationship…
The new premises in Shortlands were formally opened by World Sailing President, Quanhai Li.
World Sailing, the global governing body for the sport of sailing, has completed the move to its new headquarters in Hammersmith, Central London. The new premises in Shortlands were formally opened by World Sailing President, Quanhai Li. Conveniently located within…
Eve McMahon (left) celebrates her World Sailing Youth Gold in The Hague
Both of Ireland's single-handed sailors have won Gold medals at the Allianz Youth Sailing World Championships in The Hague this afternoon (The Netherlands, Thursday 14th July 2022) Eve McMahon, the 2021 Irish Sailor of the Year, and Rocco Wright, both from…
The world governing body for the sport of sailing has confirmed there are no organised regattas planned to be held in Russia or Belarus in 2022. In a statement, World Sailing says it is "very concerned about the situation in Ukraine"…
Olympic sailing lineup 1980. The late Ken Ryan (second right) was serving as Chef d’Equipe for the entire Irish Olympic Squad at all venues, meanwhile at the Sailing the lineup was (left to right) David Wilkins (Silver Medal), Michael Maguire (Sailing Team Manager), Kare Brevik (Meteorologist & Assistant Sailing team Manager), Ken Ryan, and Silver Medallist Jamie Wilkinson
The death of Ken Ryan of Dun Laoghaire at the age of 88 really does mark the end of an era, as he successfully bridged the divide between amateur and professional administrations through his own self-effacing yet untiring voluntary qualities,…
Competitors at the Championships represent their respective countries as they do at the Olympic Games, as the only entrants in their class
Over 450 of the world’s very best youth sailors from 69 countries have confirmed their participation in the Allianz Youth World Sailing Championships 2022. Taking place off the coast of Scheveningen in The Hague, The Netherlands, from 8-15 July 2022,…
Ken Ryan

Ken Ryan RIP

22nd February 2022 World Sailing regrets to record the death on Saturday night in Dublin of Ken Ryan, one of Ireland's leading contributors to global sailing administration. In addition to years of service to club and nationalsailing bodies in this country, he was Vice…
2022 marks the fifth year of World Sailing’s partnership with Virtual Regatta
The 2022 eSailing World Championships have kicked off with players around the world battling it out in the season opener in the Bay of Cádiz, Spain. Thousands of eSailors have competed to get a head start in this prestigious event,…
If a World Sailing rethink goes ahead Category 3 offshore races such as the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race (above) would be exempted from the new out of water structural inspection rule.
A World Sailing re-think is under consideration to exempt Category 3 offshore races from the new requirement for documented structural inspection. Changes to the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) came into effect on January 1 2022, and mean an additional requirement…
World Sailing set ‘Strategic Priorities’ in 2020 to support the growth of Para Sailing by 2023, in order to reverse the Paralympics exclusion
The International Paralympic Committee has outlined the terms and timeline for sports seeking inclusion in the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles, USA World Sailing CEO, David Graham, says the international federation for the sport is putting “the reinstatement of…
British Keelboat Academy offshore sailing
The UK’s Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has launched a new framework of support for yacht racers and owners following a change in World Sailing’s Offshore Special Regulations (OSR). Since 1 January this year, as previously reported on, yachts competing in…
World Sailing, the global governing body for the sport of sailing, has released a compilation of highlights from the 2021 season. The high-octane video features thrills and spills from 12 months of races and competitions on the water, which spanned…
Keel failure - World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations will require keel inspection for Category 3 Offshore Races in 2022
Changes to the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) coming into effect on January 1 2022, will mean an additional requirement for yachts taking part in races of Category 0 to Category 3. In 2022, Irish fixtures such as June's…
Ireland is represented by a team of four sailors at the Youth Sailing Worlds in Oman including Ben O'Shaughnessay and James Dwyer of Royal Cork in the 29er skiff
Howth Yacht Club's Eve McMahon continues to be the top Irish performer after another big day on the water at the 2021 Youth Sailing World Championships om Oman. With 11 events due to be decided by the end of this…

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World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Founded in 1907, World Sailing's vision is for a world in which millions more people fall in love with sailing; inspired by the unique relationship between sport, technology and the forces of nature; we all work to protect the waters of the world.

World Sailing is made up of 144 Member National Authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing around the world and 117 World Sailing Class Associations.

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