The introduction of the Sailors' Classification provides a free service for sailors to register their professional/ amateur classification, and is the first step in a range of services which will be available online to sailors.
The ISAF Sailors' Classification Code was introduced in November 2000 to provide one standard international system of professional/amateur classification, to service those classes and events which limit the number of professional sailors who can crew on a boat. Most classes will continue to have open competitions, the ISAF Sailors' Classification Code is purely to provide the worldwide standard defining what constitutes a professional or amateur, for those events that have chosen to limit the number of professional crew members. It should be noted that the Olympic Classes will not be able to restrict professional participation.
Upon registering, each sailor will be given a unique number identification. Sailors will be able to update their personal information, which will remain completely confidential and secure, whilst users will be able to look at the classification of other sailors.
Whilst at this stage it is not mandatory to use the ISAF Classification Code, from November 2002 the Code will be the only system used for international events.
If an event is to use the ISAF Sailors' Classification Code, it will be stated in the Notice of Race that the ISAF Code applies. The first events to require use of the Code are the Swan Europeans, Cowes, Great Britain from 8-14 June, followed by the America's Cup 150th Jubilee, Cowes, Great Britain from 16-25 August.
Registration is provided free of charge by ISAF as a service to all sailors. In due time as it is expanded, other facilities available will include; direct online entry to events, subscribe to receive specific ISAF information and other sailing publications, event reports, and the options go on .
To take advantage of such services, all sailors are invited to register online, regardless of whether or not you are competing in an event which requires a professional/amateur classification.
The introduction of the Sailors' Classification Code is the first stage in a series of ISAF website systems currently being developed for introduction over the coming months.
In Mid-June the ISAF Rankings System will be completely interactive, allowing users to interrogate skipper's reports, view a skipper's progress through the rankings and research historical results over the past ten years. This will be followed by the facility to enable event organisers to enter results of graded events online which will then be directly linked to the ISAF Rankings System, and for event reports to be posted.
In due time, sailor's profiles will be accessible, with sailor's able to update personal details themselves. This will provide a comprehensive up-to-date information service, which can be used by the media, event organisers, sponsors, national authorities and sailors.
ISAF President Paul Henderson is one of the first sailors to register and invites you all to REGISTER NOW.