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The Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat Event was selected for Paris 2024 to represent the fastest growing discipline in sailing, doublehanded offshore racing.

The discipline is broadly defined for this purpose as any doublehanded race over 50 miles in length, no gender restrictions, racing one-design or under any rating system (e.g. ORC, IRC, or regional). Participation in any of these broadly defined events regardless of the equipment used will increase skill in the discipline.

The focus is on the discipline of offshore doublehanded racing with its required skills in seamanship, navigation, weather prediction, route selection, boat-handling, and of course fast sailing. World Sailing Member National Authorities (MNAs) and sailors are encouraged to focus their preparation efforts on those skills rather than performance optimization in the particular boat that will be provided for the Olympic Event.

The Oceanic and Offshore Committee completed a poll of its international members and developed this list of known doublehanded offshore races worldwide.

To encourage this focus on the discipline itself rather than on the specific equipment, the Olympic Equipment will be selected relatively close to the event, e.g. possibly within a year. A Working Party comprising members of both the Equipment Committee and the Oceanic and Offshore Committee are meeting with potential manufacturers of offshore boats in the desired size range, and are developing a set of criteria both for the Paris 2024 Olympic Event and for the qualification events. This follows the selection process approved at the 2019 Annual Conference.

Both criteria will be approved by Council and published no later than 31 December 2020.

It is expected that the criteria will give the widest possible choice of suitable Equipment for the Olympic Event, giving manufacturers the opportunity for their Equipment to be selected for Paris 2024, and encouraging sailors to focus on the skills for the discipline rather than on the details of the particular equipment.

Whilst the criteria will guide qualification event organisers, the growing list of events provides sailors with potential opportunities to train and compete in Equipment that is readily available and affordable within their continent and country.

The following list of Class Associations and Manufacturers responded to an initial request for information. This enables the Working Party to assess the options that currently exist in the market, and use the information in the development of the criteria. An initial draft of the criteria is available here.

Endorsed by the 2024 Offshore Equipment Working Party[1]
Equipment* Manufacturer / Designer Training Olympic Qualifier 2024 Olympic Games
Dehler 30 OD Dehler Yachts
Django 8s Maré Haute Shipyard
FarEast 28 R Shanghai Far East FRP Boat Co
Figaro 3 Beneteau
J88 J/Boats
J99 J/Boats
J105 J/Boats
JPK1030 JPK Composites
L30
Sunfast 3300 Jeanneau
TEN2 Changmei Pleasure-Boat Manufacture Co
Vector 6.5

Class Associations, manufacturers and designers who wish to be included should send the information outlined in the RFP to technical@sailing.org for consideration.

[1] The Paris 2024 Offshore Equipment Working Party is responsible for making recommendations to the expert Committees within World Sailing. World Sailing's Council, the main decision-making body of the Federation, will vote on the Equipment.

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