Held over the last two days at Ariadne House, the home of the ISAF Secretariat, the ISAF Sailor Classification Review Panel met in preparation for the ISAF Annual Conference, which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 4-16 November.
Over the last 12 months, use of the ISAF Sailors Classification code has expanded dramatically with over 6000 new classifications assigned.. This brings the total number of sailor classifications to more than 15000. More importantly, 2004 has seen an additional three events that have established use of the ISAF Sailors' Classification Code, to determine the status of competitors.
At all three of these events; The Newport to Bermuda Race; The IMS World Championship in Capri; and the Tour Voile in France, members of the Review Panel were present to assist the organizers in implementing the code, and dealing with the effects of implementing the code.
As well as those three new users of the code, Cork Week, the biennial event held on the South Coast of Ireland, continued with its use of competitor classification in 2004 and the regatta continues to go from strength to strength, with over 500 yachts of all sizes, including the two MaxZ86s, Morning Glory and Pyewacket, at this years event.
The Swan European Regatta, the King's Cup in Thailand, and the Commodores' Cup, all continue to use the Code, as well as a list of 13 of the Worlds most successful one-design and handicap rating classes.
Over the two days in Southampton, The Classification Working Party, in noting the massive expansion in use of the code both by participants and class/event organizers, spent time working on streamlining the process of initial application and re-application..
Designed to improve the user-friendly nature of the online application process, more information will be available when and where users most need it. The Frequently asked questions were reviewed and it was agreed that at this time they needed no update.
Any class Association or event organizers who are thinking of using the code are encouraged to contact ISAF to discuss implementation of the code and for any assistance ISAF can offer. Following the culmination of the meetings, Guidelines for event and class managers about the use of the code are in production and will be available from ISAF, through the ISAF Website, shortly.