Nordic Sailing Federation, was formed as Scandinavian SF at a meeting in Oslo April 16, 1915. The fedreation was in the beginning Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The first important task was the preparation of a new measurment rule, the so-called S-rule, which would replace the old R-rule, which was abandoned 1916.
In 1919 IYRU (now ISAF) formed a new international measurment rule, in part based on the S-rule which then became redundant.
The three Scandinavian countries had already experienced the advantage when it meant to act as a bloc in international forums. This was further highlighted when Finland joined the Scandinavian Sailing Federation 1920. Iceland came in the mid-1980.
ISAF Group G was also identical to Skand SF. When Estonia became independent in 1989 Group G expanded with Estonia, and since then has Skand SF and Group G joint meetings.
In order to match the countries in the federeation the federation changed name to Nordic Sailing Federation and ISAF group G - Northern Europe in 2010.
1944 Skand SF took the initiative to design and develop the Nordic Folk Boat, which today is one of the most active keel boat classes in Scandinavia. The dinghy Flipper was a Scandinavian class in 1970 - and 1980's. Both 2,4mR and Zoom 8 started out as Scandinavian classes before they became recognized as then ISAF international class.
Skand SF is responsible for the Nordic Championship for juniors and seniors. Junior Nordic Championship (JNoM) is arranged under a certain rotation of the member countries.
One of the main functions of the federation today is the common strategy for the decision of the ISAF, which the federation has two locations in the ISAF Council. Group G member countries over the years has had a significant influence on matters of ISAF.
The Nordic countries represented in the ISAF has always been significant, both at top level in all committees. King Olav of Norway was his death Honorary President of ISAF, now holds the position of King Harald. Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark is elected to the Events Committee.
Peter Tallberg from Finland were ISAF President 1986-1994, and in 2004 was elected Göran Petersson, Sweden, to the President for a 4-year period.
In most committees are representatives from the Nordic countries, also has a high proportion Int Judges, Umpires and Race Officers.