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From November 13 to 18, Málaga will be the venue for the 2023 World Sailing Annual Conference.

Over 300 delegates, volunteers, committee members, and the World Sailing Council will attend with a single intention: to review and discuss World Sailing's strategy for 2024 and beyond. This meeting will determine many key decisions that will impact sailing at all levels, from elite professionals to recreational sailors. Delegates include sailors, event organizers, Member National Authorities (MNAs), committee members, Class Associations, boat manufacturers, athletes, and representatives from World Sailing's partners.

The conference will not only legislate or regulate at the highest level but will also establish the foundations that will affect all levels of the sport, from elite competition to grassroots sailing. Before the Conference, World Sailing received 189 proposals for changes to regulations, policies, and rules. The World Sailing Council will meet on November 15 and 18 to approve, reject, or defer some of the recommendations and proposals from the Committees. Proposals will be ratified at the Annual General Meeting on November 18, the final meeting of the Annual Conference.

David Graham, CEO of World Sailing, outlined a vision for the future: "As we look ahead to a very important year for the sport of sailing, I am delighted to be able to welcome delegates to the wonderful city of Málaga for the 2023 World Sailing Annual Conference." Graham described it as a "great opportunity for the community to come together, share suggestions to improve the sport, reflect upon our successes, and speak openly about the opportunities and challenges facing the sport we all love." He concluded, "With the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and the 37th America’s Cup on the horizon next year, this year’s Annual Conference takes on extra significance, and I look forward to a week of fruitful discussions with representatives from across the sport."

On Tuesday, November 14, the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards will be presented, marking the highlight of the evening. The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, Team of the Year, and Boat of the Year will also be awarded. World Sailing is comprised of 147 Member National Authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing worldwide, and 119 World Sailing Class Associations.