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19 April 2010, 11:56 am
Federazione Italiana Vela Appointed As Authorizing Authority
ISAF In-House Certification Scheme
Paolo Luciani, FIV and Rob Taylor, Technical Co-ordinator ISAF Secretariat

Federazione Italiana Vela Appointed As Authorizing Authority

Following a successful audit of procedures, ISAF is pleased to announce the Federazione Italiana Vela have been appointed as the latest Authorizing Authority for the In-House Certification scheme.
The appointment of FIV as the Authorizing Authority for IHC in Italy is an important milestone in the development of the scheme. There are a number of sailmakers in Italy who are keen to get involved in the IHC scheme including the likes of Ullman Sails who produce a large number of sails for small catamaran classes such as the International Tornado and dinghy classes including the International 420. Zaoli Sails who produce a wide range of both racing and cruising sails are also interested in taking up the scheme for classes such as the International 470 and 420 classes. It is hoped the FIV can complete the necessary training courses and initial audits for the interested manufacturers in the very near future.

Paolo Luciani from FIV said "The Italian Sailing Federation decided to support the IHC scheme following an invitation from ISAF to become the Authorizing Authority for IHC in Italy and help Italian sailmakers to be competitive in a world market. As past member of the ISAF IHC Working Party who contributed to the early development of the scheme, I was asked to make FIV the Authorizing Authority in Italy on behalf of ISAF."

"The process raised the interest of the Italian measurers who offered themselves as auditors in such numbers that the choice was a difficult one to make! The biggest Italian sailmakers have shown their interest and two of them are pressing FIV to be licensed as soon as possible."

"Now that FIV has been approved by ISAF as AA, a new phase starts. I am confident that other sailmakers will soon join the scheme as soon as they will see the good side of the system."

Get Involved!
Classes wishing to be involved in the Programme will need to ensure that their class rules and other equipment controls lend themselves to IHC. The most positive way to achieve this is by the application of the ISAF standards for class rules (SCR) and the Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS).

Any class wishing to become involved in the ISAF In-House Certification Scheme should read Section 8 of the Criteria and Responsibilities document before completing a Classes Application Form and returning it to the ISAF Technical Department.

Classes, MNAs and manufacturers wishing to become involved or find out more about the ISAF In-House Certification scheme should contact the ISAF Technical Department for further details, or visit the ISAF IHC microsite at

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