World Sailing's Council has approved the Men's and Women's Kiteboarding (Formula Kite) and Men's and Women's Two Person Dinghy (470) as the first and second alternative event proposals to Mixed Offshore at Paris 2024 following their meeting at the 2021 Mid-Year Meeting.
The meeting of World Sailing's Council concluded the Mid-Year Meeting, which also saw the Constitution Committee, Equipment Committee, and Events Committee meet earlier on in the week.
The Mid-Year Meeting was dominated by alternative event proposals for the Mixed Offshore Event at Paris. In April, the IOC informed World Sailing that they were continuing their assessment of the Mixed Offshore Event to address challenges raised but formally requested that World Sailing propose alternative events.
World Sailing received 23 submissions, consolidated into 15, and throughout the week the Committees discussed and voted on the options.
The outcome of the process would be a Council-made decision of two alternative event proposals, ranked in order of preference, ahead of the May 26th, 2021 IOC deadline.
World Sailing's Council received the Events Committee recommendation to select the Men's and Women's 470 as the first alternative and Men's and Women's Kiteboarding as the second alternative. After a lengthy debate, Council voted against the recommendation with 23 against, 15 supporting, and 3 abstentions.
They moved into the Equipment Committee recommendation to select Men's and Women's Kiteboarding as the first alternative and Men's and Women's 470 as the second alternative.
Men's and Women's Kiteboarding was approved as the first alternative with 33 votes in favor, 2 against, and 6 abstentions. Men's and Women's 470 was approved immediately after as the second alternative with 37 votes in favor, 1 against, and 2 abstentions.
World Sailing will now propose to the IOC that should the Mixed Offshore Event not be approved by the IOC Executive Board, they should consider Men's and Women's Kiteboarding as the first alternative event and thereafter Men's and Women's 470.
Throughout the session, Council members spoke positively about the Mixed Offshore Event, noting that it remains the preferred and first option but acknowledged the request set out by the IOC.