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Chris Atkins (GBR)

No ALT tag specified Name: Chris Atkins
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 06 07 1956
Nationality: British
Residence: UK
First Language: English
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I am seeking re-election to the World Sailing Board for 2017-2020. I love the sport of sailing, and remain committed to working for the growth of sailing as a whole, in particular with young sailors and in emerging nations.

Over the last 4 years I have coached and officiated at youth sailing events in 20 countries. As a member of the World Sailing Board I have promoted the introduction of continental qualification into the Olympics and Sailing World Cup, the establishment of the new Regions and Development Committee, and the development of race officials in all continents.

I believe that in 2017-2020 World Sailing has the opportunity to build on the progress made over the last 4 years. My priorities will be to help World Sailing, under the leadership of the CEO, to:

1. Enhance, co-ordinate and promote the top end of the sport.

  • Ensure sailing remains a major Olympic sport. Work closely with IOC and ASOIF, and continue to improve the Olympic sailing competition in all aspects.
  • Continue our work with the IPC to re-establish sailing in the 2024 Paralympic Games.
  • In liaison with MNAs, Olympic classes and event organisers, co-ordinate the calendar and refine the Sailing World Cup to help advance the sport, and promote Olympic and Paralympic sailors, in the years between Olympic Games.
  • Work closely with key stakeholders in other top sailing competitions to help co-ordinate and promote our diverse sport on all continents.

2. Accelerate the development of sailors, officials and the sport in emerging sailing nations.

  • In partnership with Continental Associations, provide and improve local development programmes for coaches, sailors and race officials.
  • Through continental qualification and the Emerging Nations Programme, and long-term Event and Equipment decisions, provide clear and achievable pathways for sailors and officials into World Sailing regattas, Regional Games and the Olympic Games.

3. Strengthen World Sailing as an organisation - financially, capabilities, governance.

  • Through services and sponsorship, significantly increase World Sailing revenues.
  • Expand staff and IT capabilities to strengthen the capabilities and service provided by World Sailing.
  • Develop conference so it provides greater value to MNAs and delegates on the development, promotion and management of sailing in their regions.

Within these main areas, my top personal focus as a Vice-President in 2017-2020 will be:

i. Continue to optimise the appeal of the Olympic sailing competition format, while ensuring the Olympic competition format and courses provide the truest "test of sailor" possible.

ii. Within Agenda 2020, only introduce equipment or event change for 2020 where it is of clear benefit; where possible defer introduction of any substantial change to 2024.

iii. Reduce the cost of Olympic and Paralympic campaigns. Ensure Sailing World Cup regattas are attractive, relevant and affordable for MNAs and their leading sailors.

iv. Establish a consistent 4-year calendar for World Sailing and Olympic class regattas.

v. Continue to introduce more transparency into Race Official grouping and appointment process, and accelerate the development of officials in Africa, Asia and S America. Establish a continuous programme that helps officials refresh and update their knowledge and skills.

vi. Preserve the structure of World Sailing as an organisation of MNAs, and the policy role of Council and its committees. Ensure committees retain their expertise and global diversity.

vii. Transform conference to have stronger development focus while retaining its technical role.

Sailing Career

Fleet and team-raced dinghies since 1960s

Classes owned and raced: Cadet, Firefly, National 12, Laser, 470

GBR National 12 national champion 3 times

GBR Team Racing national champion 3 times

Sailing Administration

Class chairman, National 12 class, 1988-1990, and committee member 1984-1992

President, Cambridge University Sailing Club, 1985-1995

RYA Council member 2004-2012

RYA Racing Committee Chairman 2003-2008, member 1996-2015

RYA Racing Rules Committee member 1990-2003

GBR National Judge and Umpire since 1990

Roles Within World Sailing

World Sailing Committees:

Vice President and Board member since 2013

Council member 2005-2012

Events Committee member 1999-2012, Chairman 2009-2012

Team racing sub-committee member 2001-2003, Chairman 2005-2008

World Youth Sailing Trust member since 2004

World Sailing Working Parties:

Event Appointments WP since 2013; Olympic Commission 2009-2010; Olympic Events and Equipment Selection WP chairman 2001-2008; Events Strategic Plan WP chairman 2005; Windsurfer Evaluation WP 2004; Racing Rules Section C WP 2007-2012: Match & Team Racing Rules WP 1999-2008; Rapid Response Call WP 2001-2008

Race Official status:

International Umpire since 2001, International Judge since 2010

IU Assessor (team racing) since 2003, IU Instructor since 2012

Chief Umpire, Team Racing World Championships, 2003 & 2005

Other Information

My 35-year career was in sales, then marketing, in the IT industry. My final role was as Head of Marketing for Sun Microsystems UK Ltd

Nominating MNAs

Antigua and Barbuda
Dominican Republic
Great Britain
Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand
Trinidad & Tobago

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