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13 January 2009, 04:51 pm
ISAF Sailor Classification Commission To Hold Presentation At Acura Key West 2009
Spectacular racing at Acura Key West
Acura Key West will host a presentation on the ISAF Sailor Classification Code

ISAF Sailor Classification Code

The ISAF Sailor Classification Commission is pleased to announce that it will be holding a presentation and panel discussion at next week's Acura Key West 2009.
The event is titled 'ISAF Classification: Facts and Myths', and is scheduled for Tuesday 20 January from 17:00-18:00 local time in the event's main tent. Attendance is open to all sailors, organizers, Jury members, class administrators, media, and all others interested in the structure and use of the ISAF Sailor Classification Code.

The Commission is responsible for developing and managing the ISAF Classification Code, which classifies sailors into three Groups: Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3. This classification scheme, introduced in April, 2001, is in use throughout the world by dozens of classes and events to help shape the basis by which they may wish to adhere to Corinthian standards of competition. The system is accessible to all on the ISAF website, is free of charge, and currently has some 18,000 sailors with a valid classification. Events as varied as the Rolex Commodore's Cup, the Newport-Bermuda Race and Cork Week use the Code, as well as classes stretching in size from J/80s to Swan 45s.

The initial focus of the Commission has been on achieving effective processes and a good understanding of the Code amongst sailors and race officials. As announced at the 2007 ISAF Annual Conference in Estoril, the Commission now feels the time is right to consult with all classes and event organisers who are using the Code in order to establish whether there is a consensus for significant changes to its definitions and use.

In 2008 the Commission consulted widely with event organizers and classes, and in 2009 will continue to attend major events and class championships to get valuable feedback as well as develop a better understanding of the Code and the benefits it can offer. The Commission has also developed a set of guidance notes that will be made available to all classes that use the Code as well as event organisers and all ISAF Race Officials.

There is no better place than the Acura Key West to get feedback on the Code and the work of the Commission. With impressive international talent, exciting new designs, and the latest in performance technology, world class racing will take centre-stage on all divisions daily from 19-23 January. Now in its 22nd year, this event has also long been one of the sailing calendar's premier inshore regattas for many of the principle users of the Code: the Farr 40, Swan 42, Farr 30, Melges 32, Melges 24, J/109, J/105 and J/80 classes have all had a strong presence in Key West. Representing these classes on the panel will be Phil LOTZ of the Swan 42s, Jim RICHARDSON from the Farr 40s, Jeff ECKLUND of the Melges 32s, Bee BENDAR of the J/105s, Travis WEISLEDER of the Melges 24s, and noted sailing commentator Gary JOBSON.

"Acura Key West offers a unique opportunity for the ISAF Classification Commission to debate the principles of the Code with key users," said Antony MATUSCH, chairman of the ISAF Sailor Classification Commission. "By consulting widely it is hoped that sailors will see the clear benefits the Code can bring while at the same time having the opportunity to provide direct feedback to the Commission."

For more information on the ISAF Classification Code, please visit the ISAF website at www.sailing.org/classification. For more information on Acura Key West 2009, visit the event website at www.premiere-racing.com.
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