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8 April 2010, 04:05 pm
ISAF In-House Certification Audits Major Sailmakers
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Bas Edmonds oversees practical measurement as part of the audit process

ISAF In-House Certification Audits Major Sailmakers
China and Japan

At the beginning of March, ISAF Technical Co-ordinator Rob Taylor and RYA Technical Manager Bas Edmonds visited Japan and China in order to conduct the first IHC audits of arguably two of the world's biggest sailmakers, North Sails Japan and China Sail Factory
Both were awarded IHC licenses in 2009 and this was the first trip back to the Far East to see how the initiative was developing.

North Sails Japan

The North Sails loft in Yokohama, Japan was the first stop on what would be a very busy week. After a review of the CS Manual to ensure the systems that had been put in place last year were still applicable and working well, a practical measurement session was undertaken on the loft floor where all the Internal Official Measurers (IOMs) demonstrated a high level of knowledge of the training course principles and practices.

Rob Taylor, IHC Co-ordinator at the ISAF Secretariat said "North Sails Japan produces a huge number of sails for the 420 and 470 classes and having them on board is a great step forward for In-House Certification"

Click here to visit the North Sails Japan website Aiko Sato, Kei Takakuwa, Hideo Oba, Rob Taylor, Bas Edmonds, Taro Kyoguro, Shingo Uemori

Japanese Sailing Federation (JSAF) - Appointed as Authorizing Authority

During the trip to Yokohama, JSAF took a big step forward and became the second MNA to be appointed as an Authorizing Authority (AA). Aiko Sato and Hideo Oba attended the audit of North Sails and during this time completed the AA Certification System Manual and finalised the training and audit processes required by the scheme.

JSAF will now be responsible for the running of IHC in Japan and the associated training of their sail measurers and audits of their IHC licensed manufacturers.

Image left to right: Aiko Sato, Kei Takakuwa, Hideo Oba, Rob Taylor, Bas Edmonds, Taro Kyoguro, Shingo Uemori

China Sail Factory

Dongguan in the Guang Dong Province of Southern China was the next stop of the IHC audit trail and a visit to China Sail Factory where once again, the standard of sail measurement was incredibly high with excellent attention to detail.

Sail measurement at China Sail factoryColin Appleyard, Director of Product Development at CSF said "What we have done is started to change all our measuring to ISAF standards for all our production as we like the clearly defined rules that any of our clients can easily refer to. As the rules are defined by the International Sailing Federation it gives us credibility that we manufacture to a global standard and avoids misunderstandings in terms of measurement points etc."

added Rob Taylor

Click here to contact China Sail Factory.

How It Works
IHC centres around a Certification System allowing the manufacturer to self-certify their equipment products at the point of manufacture - but only once their have met a designated standard. Each nation or region has an IHC Authorizing Authority (AA) approved by ISAF (normally the MNA), which approves, contracts and audits builders with Certification Systems. ISAF Classes involved in the IHC will ensure their class rules are suitable for IHC and assist the development of control methods and training.

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

"It is very pleasing to come back to China and find the staff at CSF are as meticulous about sail measurement as when we were here last year to do the initial training course"

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