World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport and ICOMIA, the global voice of the recreational marine industry, have joined forces to ensure a sustainable future for the sport.
World Sailing and ICOMIA have a shared vision to grow participant numbers whilst safeguarding the environment. As part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the two organisations will collaborate on a variety of common interest areas such as vessel recycling, hybrid propulsion and sustainable maintenance.
“We cross paths with ICOMIA regularly when lobbying at an international level for the benefit of recreational boating,” said Dan Reading, World Sailing’s head of sustainability. “By joining forces to strengthen the link between the marine industry with end users, we can be more effective in creating a more sustainable sector.”
Under the MOU, both organisations will share statistics and data with the aim of increasing the number of people who are active on the water.
Udo Kleinitz, secretary general of ICOMIA added: “By formalising the strategic partnership with World Sailing, our organisations acknowledge the benefits of the knowledge, resources and positively increasing the industry’s profile.”
ICOMIA is an international association and longstanding stakeholder in the working groups of the EU Commission, employing technical and environmental specialists who are already engaged in EU related work. Founded in 1907, World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing and comprises 144 member national authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing around the world and 117 world sailing class associations.