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24 Nov 2008

General Assembly Outcomes

The International 470 Class Association has elected it’s new Management Committee and President for a new 4 year’s mandate. Stanislav KASSAROV (BUL) was elected as new President, taking over the Class’ hammer from Alberto Predieri from Italy, who stepped back to extend his administration career in the sailing sport as ISAF Vice President.

KASSAROV has been active in many administration positions within the Bulgarian Sailing Federation, and has provided valuable support to the Class’ Management for many years.

Alain CORCUFF (FRA), Martin STEIGER (SUI) and Dimitris DIMOU (GRE) retain their positions as Secretary General, Treasurer and Chairman of the Technical Committee, while Nino SHMUELI (ISR) joins the Management Committee as 1st Vice President. Marta WEORES (HUN), stepping back from the position of 1st Vice President on her own request, Iulia NEGOESCU (ROM) and Olympic sailor Fernanda SESTO (ARG) were elected as Management Committee Members.

The election of the new Management Committee took place at the Annual General Assembly in Madrid, on the 16th of November.

The General Assembly granted the Honorary Membership of the International 470 Class Association to the “Medal-Maker” Victor KOVALENKO (AUS) for his high and valuable contribution to the 470 Class promotion over the last three decades, as successively 470 sailor, 470 coach and member of the board of the association, and finally Vice-President of the International 470 Class Association within the last two years.

During this meeting, also an impressive number of bids were presented by countries to host future International 470 Class Championships.

By the decision of the General Assembly, the 470 Class European Championships of 2011 will take place in Helsinki, Finland, as part of the ambitious plan of Finland to combine the European Championships of all Olympic Classes. Largs in Scotland will host the 2012 European Championships.

The International 420 and 470 Class Associations will continue to combine the Junior European Championships. The event in 2010 will take place in La Grande Motte in France, and in Nieuwpoort, Belgium, in 2011. The decision of the 2011 event remains subject to the final approval of the 420 Class AGM in 2009. In 2011, the Junior World Championships will be hosted by Belgium’s neighbor, The Netherlands .

The participation of especially girl’s crews has increased at the “under 22 years old“ International 470 Junior Championships the last few years. Besides the efforts taken, and future development plans to support women’s two person dinghy sailing, this increased interest of girl’s crews for two person dinghy sailing has been a reason for the International 470 Class to let both the Junior Worlds and Junior Europeans take place as two separate events for Men/Mixed and Women.

More Information:
2008 General Assembly Minutes