International Sailing Federation : The World Governing Body For The Sport Of Sailing

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International Sailing Federation
Brandon Bowers
September 28, 2014 Introduction
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). (Kemp, 1976) In 2007 ISAF celebrated its Centenary year which symbolized its existence of international sailing cooperation and rules starting in europe and expanding to north america than the world. They now consist of 138 Member nations who are responsible for the governance of the sailing world. They govern over one hundred sailing classes from 420mm dinghies to off shore racing classes up to sixty foot monohulls. They started this from club racing before there was international competition.

History The world saw a need for common rules for sailing from the day different clubs wanted to compete against each other. While the clubs individually had their own set of rules there was yet to have a set of standards across internationally. In the late 1800’s britain formed an organization of a combination of clubs called the Yacht Racing Association. This while bring britain under common rule didn’t include spain,europe or north america. The leader of Yacht Racing Association called upon france to join them in developing a common law for governing Sailing. This lead to a meeting in London to put rules into place on boats and practices. This lead to the creation of the International Yacht Racing Union which at the
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