New man at the top


Goran
 

Goran

In the first part of this interview we introduce ISAF President Goran Petersson and gets his views on Qingdao
At November's ISAF Annual Meetings in Copenhagen, the election of a new President culminated in a two horse race between Belgium's Sadi Claeys and Swede Goran Petersson, the competition eventually being won by the 62 year old Gothenberg-based lawyer and ISAF committee veteran. Petersson's CV is lengthy both on the water and in sailing administration and he comes to the post with huge knowledge of our sport but particularly of the mechanism behind ISAF. Personally he is a former Swedish 505 champion and has been racing Dragons in his home waters since the 1970s. As a sailing administrator he first sat on the Swedish Sailing Federation's Rules Committee back in 1977 and has been involved with the Olympics since 1980 and the America's Cup since 1983. Thedailysail caught up with Petersson at the weekend... thedailysail: How long have you been involved with ISAF? Goran Petersson: Since 1978. I came to the Racing Rules Committee first as a member. Then I became Vice-Chairman of that committee and later Chairman and then I became Vice-President of ISAF. tds: When did you become Vice-President? GP: In 1994 together when Henderson was elected I was elected. I am the only survivor from Henderson’s election! tds: You are an international judge - this is an area of the sport you appear to have specialised in? GP: I have been dealing with that as a judge and umpire for all the years since the programme started but I am not a measurer, and - although I know quite a bit about race management - I am not a race officer. I am just a sailor… tds: How do you get elected President of ISAF GP: Basically you have to persuade enough Member National Authorities to vote for you. You have to make up your own mind whether you want it and whether you think

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