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World Sailing Conference Presidential election upset

The World Sailing Conference comes to an end in Barcelona on Sunday with the Presidential and Board elections and another possible election upset.

World Sailing President Carlo Croce - Click image for a larger image

World Sailing President Carlo Croce is facing a challenge from the 81 year-old former President Paul Henderson of Canada and 59 year-old Kim Andersen, the current World Sailing Equipment Committee Chairman.

Normally the incumbent President could be expected to complete a second term, but their has been considerable criticism of Carlo Croce's presidency and there is a good chance that Sunday will see a new President.

Former ISAF President Paul Henderson has waded into the fray following what he refers to as, the panic within World Sailing over the introduction of Kite-Surfing and Gender Equality, if sailing was to stay in the Olympics.

Hendersen claims that World Sailing had not understood the IOC statements and have caused confusion and uncertainty, due to poor direction.

Kim Andersen, a regular Dragon sailor and the 2011 European Dragon champion, is also critical of the direction from the top echelon of World Sailing.

He particularly focuses on the present confusion over the classes for Tokyo 2020 with the decision apparently now postponed to May 2017, and the Kite-Surfing still not clarified.

Sunday will provide some of the answers, maybe not as dramatic as the Trump surprise victory in the USA, but for sailing just as important.

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Gerald New - Sailweb
11 November 2016 18:18 GMT


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