World Sailing headquarters to relocate to London
headquarters will relocate from Southampton to central London, UK in late
The selection of London as the new home for the International Federation comes
after an extensive evaluation process of possible locations undertaken since
the election of a new President and Board of Directors in November 2016.
The criteria for the evaluation included:
• International city
• Connectivity / ease of access for World Sailing members
• Ability to retain existing staff
• International diversity with a high quality, multilingual
World Sailing evaluated Southampton, Geneva, Lausanne, London, Winchester,
Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.
Southampton, London, Barcelona and Winchester were shortlisted by World
Sailing's Board of Directors in December 2016 before today's announcement of
An office location in central London is to be identified with a target move
date of late summer 2017.
World Sailing has been based in Southampton for the past 20-years but the
organisations roots, and its predecessors, the IYRU and ISAF, had been based
in London since its formation in 1907.
Kim Andersen, World Sailing President commented, "As with all good
leadership, the board and myself have looked into what is best for the World
Sailing organization and for our sport.
"We have taken into consideration the DNA of World Sailing as a whole,
the technical skills we need to run the organisation, the aspect of being
international and having options of multi-lingual competencies and
"This has been weighed and reviewed, and we are pleased to announce that
in the best interest of the organization and the sport we have decided to
move the headquarters to London.”
World Sailing Chief Executive Officer Andy Hunt added, "World Sailing
received strong interest from cities wanting to host the International
Federation headquarters. Each city put forward a strong proposal and I thank
them for their proposals and Southampton for hosting the governing body for
the last two decades.”
By Daniel Smith - World
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