World Sailing's Role

World Sailing is one of 35 International Sports Federations (IFs) recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Who are World Sailing?

World Sailing is the World Governing Body for the Sport of Sailing.

World Sailing is responsible for:

- the promotion of the sport internationally
- managing sailing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games
- developing the Racing Rules of Sailing and the World Sailing Regulations
- the training of judges, umpires and other administrators
- the development of the sport around the world
- representing sailors in all matters concerning the sport

World Sailing and the Olympic Games

The role of International Federations, as defined by the Olympic Charter, is: "to assume the responsibility for the technical control and direction of their sports at the Olympic Games."

World Sailing, then known as the International Yacht Racing Union, first undertook this role at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris and has been at the helm of every Olympic Sailing Competition since then.

The World Sailing Family

World Sailing currently consists of 139 member nations, called Member National Authorities (MNAs) who are its principle members, and responsible for the decision-making process that governs the sailing world.

The World Sailing family also includes a great variety of different boat classes. There are currently 110 World Sailing Classes.

Every November, the World Sailing family gather at the Annual Conference to discuss, debate and decide upon the key issues in the sailing world.

World Sailing works towards a primary goal to ensure that as many people as possible go sailing.

World Sailing History

1907: the birth of the International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU), which would become ISAF then World Sailing
1920: following the 1920 Olympic Games, the IYRU assumes technical control for the yachting events at the Olympic Games
1996: the International Yacht Racing Union, changes it name to the International Sailing Federation
2007: the International Sailing Federation celebrates its centenary year
2015: the International Sailing Federation, changes its name to World Sailing

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