All new monohull yachts with a age and series date after January 2010 participating in a Category 0,1,2 race under the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) now require an ISAF plan review certificate.
The backbone of the new scheme is the newly published parts of the International Standard ISO 12215, these are used as the minimum structural standard to which boat designs are reviewed against. The standard is growing its increasing international acceptance as it replaces the previously used, but no longer supported ABS guide. The review is undertaken by ISAF recognised notified bodies, these are organisations that are able to carry out assessments and issue CE certificates for the European Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and have also been recognised by ISAF.
Jason Smithwick, Head of ISAF Technical & Offshore Department comments "It is a significant step forward in the programme now ISAF have issued it first custom certificate to the TP52 built for Team Origin and its first production certificate to the J/111.
The scheme is gaining acceptance with the first certificates being issued by notified bodies; Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI) respectively and ISAF is aware of other Notified Bodies with further boats in the process of achieving OSR plan review.
ISAF have been taking an increasing role in the development of ISO standards and have for the last couple of year been a consultative member within the ISO organisation. ISAF in partnership with the European Boating Association have been especially involved in pushing the development of part 9 of the standard related to keel structure. ISAF will continue to work with its members nations and classes who are users based membership organisation in the development of International Standards and Regulations.
For information on the Offshore Special Regulations go to www.sailing.org/specialregs
For information on plan review procedure go to www.sailing.org/sailors/plan-review-procedure.php
For details on the boats with certificates go to www.sailing.org/sailors/plan-review-certificates.php