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European Sailing Federation: Innovation in the Sport of Sailing

source: Scuttlebutt Europe
Over the weekend of 9th & 10th April, 34 European countries gathered together in the city of Helsinki to discuss Innovation in the Sport of Sailing. This included the new on-line education system for Race Officials, the newly extended and exciting European Sailing Calendar for 2011, and to hear about developments in the management of events, including the role to be played by social media.The EUROSAF Race Officials' Academy, is an on-line education system designed to help improve the quality of Race Officials and is now close to enrolling its first students. The system is expected to be fully operation by the summer and the first associated seminar is scheduled to take place in Hungary later this year.Several new events for 2011 were announced including the European Youth Sailing Games, scheduled for Lake Garda, Italy, from 13th - 18th August and the High Performance Grand Prix, taking place on the Mar Menor in Murcia, from 13th - 16th October.
The Youth Sailing Games are the forerunner of the EUROSAF Youth Sailing, European Championship to be held in Århus, Denmark starting on 4th August, 2012 and the High Performance Grand Prix brings together some of the top sailors in the world, with exciting non-Olympic sailing boats and Kite-Boards, in a combined classes event, which will be visually spectacular for all to see.
Elections were held to appoint two Vice-Presidents and the successful candidates were Dr. Oleg Ilyin from Russia and Dr. Panayiotis Kontides from Cyprus.
2010 saw Gyorgy Wossala retire as President and the election of Marco Predieri to replace him. The meeting recognised the enormous contribution made by Gyorgy (George) to the development of sailing in Europe by presenting him with a cut glass silver champagne bucket, engraved with the signatures of all those who had served on the Executive under his leadership.

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