World Sailing

United Kingdom

About World Sailing

About World Sailing

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

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 regulations for all sailing competitions;
  • the training of judges, umpires and other administrators;
  • the development of the sport around the world; and
  • representing the sailors in all matters concerning the sport.

The principle members of World Sailing are the 145 'Member National Authorities' (MNAs) and the 100+ 'Class Associations'.

We have a clear and ambitious vision:

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.

Our mission:

To make sailing more exciting and accessible for everyone to participate or watch, and use our reach and influence to create a sustainable future for our sport and the waters of the world.

Our journey:

Following a name change from International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in 2015, World Sailing is on a journey to invigorate and grow the sport so that it inspires greater participation across the globe; reaching out to new audiences to open up a dynamic, new conversation with members, sailors, partners and fans.

Over the next quadrennial, we will change the face of sailing; developing a more contemporary face for a sport that is adapting to a changing world and finding a distinctive voice as champions for a more sustainable future.

World Sailing headquarters are moving to London (from Southampton). The organisation will have office space in London from April 1st 2017, with the full relocation to be completed in June 2017.

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