2024 Olympic boats chosen
The Laser will again be the men's and women's one-person dinghy at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The decision was made at the latest World Sailing Council meeting where the IKA Formula Kite was selected as the mixed kiteboard and the 470 as the mixed two-person dinghy.
A board of directors’ recommendation to select the RS:X as the men’s and women’s windsurf equipment was rejected meaning a new proposal will be required.
The process on selecting the equipment for the mixed two-person offshore keelboat was also confirmed. A decision will be made about the equipment, selected from a list put forward by a working party, no later than December 31 2023.
Proposals will now be invited by classes, associations and manufacturers that will be evaluated against key criteria.
IKA Formula Kite Class was approved as the equipment for the mixed kiteboard event
The selection of the Laser is subject to agreement of the Olympic Classes Contract for 2024, following a ballot vote.
Four boats were initially put forward - the D-Zero, Laser, Melges 14 and RS Aero (which had been recommended by the Equipment Committee) however the Laser won in the first round of votes. The move comes as litigation is ongoing between the International Laser Class Association and boatbuilders Laser Performance.
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