Key Priorities



Approved by the Executive Board on 29/05/2018


1. Vision: More Sailors, More Fun, More Success

“Let’s help create the conditions to bring more people to have fun sailing and to succeed as sailors and as persons.”

The Executive Board wants to take what is probably a core goal of EUROSAF Members to the Continental level. How? By leveraging EUROSAF’s vantage position to coordinate projects across Europe and to facilitate resource and knowledge sharing among Members.

To achieve this vision together with the Members, the Executive Board shall rebuild trust and increase cooperation, working constructively and inclusively for sailing in Europe with sailors as the centre of our attention.


2. Value for Members: EUROSAF’s Raison d’Être

EUROSAF must bring value to its Members. The Executive Board shall implement projects to that end.

Projects can spring from both EUROSAF and its Members. Once a project is outlined, be it by a Member, a Committee, or the Executive Board, EUROSAF will reach to its Members to gather their support. Members will be invited to promote the projects and bring in experts with relevant knowledge and experience, locations and items to run activities, participants, and, in general, resources the project may need to succeed. No support means no implementation: this is the ultimate test of value for a project.


3. Short-Term Goals: Keep On Sailing 

The Executive Board shall undertake to:

  • Consolidate the Secretariat.
    • Insure the secretary general and his supporting staff in Neusiedl-am-See deliver an outstanding level of service to all EUROSAF stakeholders.
  • Update and expand the website and grow social media presence.
    • Deliver one-to-one communication with our stakeholders; give all Committee members access to Basecamp and use it to communicate with the relevant persons in charge of EUROSAF matters in our member MNAs.
    • Keep the website updated with current information about EUROSAF activities.
    • Include past information from the previous website and other sources, when available.
    • Update Members’ details on the website.
    • Develop EUROSAF’s online presence.
  • Maintain good communication with Members.
    • Keep on sending bimonthly emails to EUROSAF stakeholders and interested parties.
    • Continue meeting with European MNAs delegates during World Sailing meetings.
    • Create opportunities for personal contact with and between stakeholders.
    • Continue collecting contact details of key people that Members want to keep informed.
  • Consolidate Committees.
    • Coordinate and foster Committees’ projects.
    • Promote physical meetings of Committees.
  • Further develop the Race Officials Exchange Programme.
    • Manage the EUROSAF Race Officials’ Exchange Programme and organise an annual meeting of member MNAs at which the event exchange activities are agreed.
    • Define the requirements for a new web-based tool and develop it for use in late 2018.
    • Support the RO meeting that will take place in Athens (Greece) on 12/01/2019.
    • Encourage greater participation in the Programme by member MNAs, their National Race Officials, and their international event organizers.
  • Broaden Race Officials Training.
    • Expand the Race Officials Exchange Programme into training in collaboration with existing training structures and in line with the EUROSAF European Sailing Academy goals.
    • Draft a RO education syllabus at European level defining requirements for RO functions based on current best practice and advance common certification procedures (theory and practice) and education models.
  • Consolidate current Events.
    • Develop policy proposals concerning EUROSAF Events, including championships, and other major EUROSAF European Events (other than World Sailing Events).
    • Create guidelines for EUROSAF events in line with our Key Priorities (e.g. training, development, increased participation in sailing, cultural exchange…) to enhance the value EUROSAF events bring to Members, to sailors, and to European sailing; set down EUROSAF events regulations on the model of the MR Regulations.
    • Establish a circuit for Olympic or pre-Olympic teams, not clashing with World Sailing and World championships, for a convenient and close field of play. Continue talks with event organisers previously involved in the EUROSAF Sailing Champions Cup to set up the circuit again in 2019 with added value for organisers and sailors.
    • Set up the EUROSAF 420 Europe Cup Circuit (tentative name) in collaboration with the International 420 Class Association, to start in autumn 2018.
    • Finalise the bidding and granting process of 2019 events and open the bidding process for 2020 events.
    • Enhance communication about events and foster participation.
    • Welcome classes wishing to hold EUROSAF European Championships in line with EUROSAF Events policy.
    • Bring value to EUROSAF events organisers and sponsors.
    • Attend all EUROSAF events.
  • Launch Youth & Development projects.
    • Use Youth & Development projects to make an asset of what has formerly proved a hindrance for EUROSAF: the differences among MNAs.
    • Promote the Optimist On Tour project from the Royal Dutch Watersports Association to bring sailing to young people in a fun and accessible way and keep them connected to the sport.
    • Team up with the Royal Dutch Watersports Association to organise activities in favour of participation and development in the Association’s premises in Medemblik.
    • Team up with the French Sailing Federation to organize a gathering in a national centre in France to develop multilateral exchanges for interested MNAs with a programme aimed at young people, in particular for new practices in foil.
    • Team up with the Italian Sailing Federation to promote the 2018 EUROSAF European U23 Team Race Championship and Team Race Clinic for athletes, coaches, and umpires that will take place in Campione del Garda (Italy) from 4 to 7 October and shall include training for sailors, coaches, and race officials followed by a competition to put the newly acquired skills to use.
    • Promote the College Placement Programme from the International Junior Sailing Academy, whose mission statement is: “If you are a good sailor and a good student you can use your talents and take advantage of opportunities to study around the world.” Make the most of the proposed scholarships to be given to promising young athletes through their MNAs (two to four per MNA), consisting in a 50% discount on the 2018/2019 fees and covered by International Junior Sailing Academy.
  • Step up actions in Para Sailing.
    • Continue teaming up with Kieler Woche to organise the EUROSAF Para Sailing European Championships.
    • Contribute to World Sailing’s Para Sailing Strategic Plan to re-introduce Para Sailing into the Paralympic sports programme for 2024 and beyond.
    • Team up with the French Sailing Federation to organise a seminar or gathering on Para Sailing development.
  • Aim for the European Sailing Academy.
    • Include the Broaden Race Officials Training project (see above) in the scope of the European Sailing Academy project.
    • Take part in the TRANSPA project (TRAINing SPort Actors: from Olympism to expertise)—if funded—to create experiential training courses dedicated to sports actors to support them in building a common identity and skills inspired by the Olympic values; promote sailing high in the list of sports benefitting from the tools developed and gain a direct experience of participating in ERASMUS+ projects and their administration.
    • Develop a European network of collaborating universities and higher education institutions to give the sailing community easier access to sailing related knowledge and the sport of sailing further recognition as a fruitful matter of study.
    • Set up an education and research meeting about sailing-related topics.
    • Draft the project of setting up a European Sailing Academy to coordinate, develop, and distribute knowledge, training, and research about all matters related to sailing.
  • Nurture a good relationship with World Sailing.
    • Expand the collaboration with World Sailing and maintain more formal contacts.
  • Strenghten EUROSAF finances.
    • Finalise recovery of outstanding bills.
    • Define a set of criteria regarding EUROSAF events fees.
    • Start conversations to ensure continuity to the funding from the Austrian Ministry of Sport to support the secretariat in Neusiedl-am-See.
  • Apply good governance principles in line with IOC recommendations.
    • Apply the principles of good governance set forth by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), namely transparency, integrity, democracy, sports development/solidarity, and control mechanisms.
    • Measure the current application of these principles by an initial self-assessment following ASOIF recommendations, apply improvements, and conduct annual self-assessments to create an ongoing and continuous process that improves the governance of EUROSAF.


4. Long-Term Goals: From Consolidation and Development To Knowledge, Unity, and Trust

The Executive Board shall endeavour to:

  • Give rise to new opportunities for the benefit of European sailors, coaches, race officials, and sport administrators.
  • Impact sailing at Continental level in a strong, positive, and lasting way.
  • Foster unity and trust in Europe to grow sailing into a powerful Continental sport.

Cooperation with and among Members

  • Maximize the benefit to Members from cooperation within EUROSAF.
  • Build stronger ties between Members.
  • Build strong and mutually beneficial ties with the sailing community.
  • Build on Members’ diversity a stronger EUROSAF.
  • Work on the following objectives:
    • Bring value to the sailing community through cooperation projects.
    • Develop lasting and rewarding cooperation projects between Members.
    • Maintain a good working relationship with all other sailing stakeholders (World Sailing, Continental Associations, Classes, Clubs).

Race Officials

  • Help National Judges, Umpires, Measurers and Race Officers from European MNAs become International Race Officials and develop a successful international career.
  • Give European international event organizers access to highly skilled International Race Officials.

Youth & Development

  • Promote a lifelong participation in sailing to fulfil the promise that “sailing is a sport for life.”
  • Foster personal growth through sailing.
  • Develop youth sailing in Europe.
  • Work on the following objectives:
    • Keep young sailors involved in the sport throughout youth and beyond, whether in competitive sailing or not.
    • Offer young sailors consistent pathways from grassroots to (top) competitive sailing.


  • Promote and facilitate sailing for all ages throughout Europe.
  • Use EUROSAF Events as a way to foster personal growth through sailing.

Para Sailing

  • Help increase participation and visibility.
  • Set up a Para Sailing development program for European MNAs.

Marketing & Media

  • Make EUROSAF actions visible to its stakeholders, to the sailing community, and to the public in general.
  • Manage EUROSAF’s value as an investment for funding partners.
  • Work on the following objectives:
    • Develop an effective communication strategy for EUROSAF.
    • Develop a strategy for media relations and awareness.

European Sailing Academy

  • Set up a European Sailing Academy to coordinate, develop, and distribute knowledge, training, and research about all matters related to sailing.
  • Work on the following objectives:
    • Bring value to the sailing community through knowledge, training, and research projects.
    • Bridge the gap between sailing knowledge generators and users.
    • Create a repository to collect, store, and distribute knowledge useful to the sailing community.
    • Define and promote European standards of training in sailing.
    • Detect mutually beneficial cooperation opportunities between Members and research or training institutions.

Regional Games

  • Become the natural interlocutor to the IOC.


  • Increase communication and promote non-Olympic classes.
  • Collaborate for mutual benefit.


  • Consolidate a steady flow of revenue for EUROSAF’s projects.