Key Priorities



Approved by the Executive Board on 14/05/2019


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: Expand Sailing Grounds 

The Executive Board shall undertake to:

  • Consolidate the Secretariat.
    • Ensure the secretary general and his supporting staff in Neusiedl-am-See deliver an outstanding level of service to all EUROSAF stakeholders.
    • Secure financial support for the Secretariat for 2020 onwards.
  • Update and expand the website and grow social media impact.
    • Deliver one-to-one communication with our stakeholders; use Basecamp to communicate with the relevant people in charge of EUROSAF matters in our member MNAs.
    • Include in the website past information from the previous website and other sources, when available.
    • Develop EUROSAF’s online presence and grow its impact.
  • 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.
  • Make the most of Committees' expertise
    • Coordinate and foster Committees’ projects.
    • Promote physical meetings of Committees.
    • Adopt a team approach for projects and bring together specific Committee members according to their skills and availability.
    • Bring all communication and collaboration within Committees under Basecamp
  • Further develop the Race Officials Exchange Programme.
    • Manage the EUROSAF Race Officials’ Exchange Programme and organise an annual meeting of member MNAs to agree exchange activities and provide valuable content.
    • Put out and enhance the new web-based tool developed in 2018.
    • Support the RO meeting that will take place in Dun Laoghaire (Ireland)(Greece) on 11/01/2020.
    • 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.
    • Launch the RO Training Study, a research into RO distribution and training systems across Europe
  • Consolidate current EUROSAF events.
    • Develop policy proposals concerning EUROSAF Events.
    • Create guidelines for EUROSAF events in line with these 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.
    • Finalise the bidding and granting process of 2020 events and open the bidding process for 2021 events.
    • Closely follow up the implementation of events regulations and workflows regarding contracts with EUROSAF Events organizers.
    • Set up EUROSAF Circuits in collaboration with class associations to promote enhanced and cross-European participation in class events.
    • Enhance communication about EUROSAF Events and foster participation.
    • Establish a EUROSAF 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 with added value for organisers and sailors.
    • 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.
    • Promote furthercollaboration between member MNA's, especially with projects including exchange and training.
  • Step up actions in Para Sailing.
    • Push for Para Sailing expansion in Europe and promote inclusive events.
    • Contribute to World Sailing’s Para Sailing Strategic Plan to re-introduce Para Sailing into the Paralympic sports programme for 2024 and beyond.
  • Aim for the European Sailing Academy.
    • Launch the RO Training Study, a research into RO distribution and training systems across Europe (see broaden Race Officials Training above)
    • Take part in the SKILLS by SPORT 4 MED project by ASAG - Catholic University Milano as an Erasmus+ call, if funded. 
    • Draft an Erasmus+ call to fund the ESA-West project.
    • Set up the ESA-Wave project as a one-week test event for the ESA-West project.
    • 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.
  • Nurture a good relationship with World Sailing.
    • Expand the collaboration with World Sailing.
    • Define and promote a better integration of EUROSAF and other Continental Associastions into World Sailing
  • Strenghten EUROSAF finances.
    • Finalise recovery of outstanding bills.
    • Ensure continuity to the funding from the Austrian Ministry of Sport to support the secretariat in Neusiedl-am-See (see Consolidate the Secretariat above).
  • Apply good governance principles in line with IOC recommendations.
    • Improve the application 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 improvement in their application by a yearly assessment following ASOIF recommendations.


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.