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ISAF Disciplinary Decisions

Disciplinary decisions within ISAF are determined by the ISAF Disciplinary Commission and ISAF Review Board.

The rules of procedure of the ISAF Disciplinary Commission and the ISAF Review Board are available via the links below.

With effect from 23 September 2013, the maximum fine that may be imposed by the Disciplinary Commission is €50,000.

Questions, reports or comments on disciplinary matters should be sent by email or in writing to the Chief Executive Officer.

Record of Decisions

Name Regarding Decision Decision if available
Leandro Martin Luque (ARG) Breaches of good manners and sportmanship contrary to RRS 69 Suspension of ISAF Eligibilty for 5 years from 30 October 2012 to 29 October 2017
Dirk de Ridder (NED) Appeal to ISAF Review Board against International Jury decision Appeal dismissed


Further reasons

The above table shows disciplinary sanctions that are currently in force or recent decisions of the Disciplinary Commission and/or Review Board.

Competition Eligibility (ISAF Regulations 19.1 to 19.3)

Under the ISAF Eligibility Code (Regulation 19), all competitors are automatically granted Competition Eligibility. Competition Eligibility can be suspended or revoked (or have conditions imposed upon it) by either an ISAF Member National Authority (within its own jurisdiction only) or by ISAF.

A competitor who does not have Competition Eligibility (i.e. it has been suspended or revoked), or who is in breach of a condition imposed upon it, shall not compete in any competition in the sport of sailing to which any of the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing or ISAF Regulations apply.

A boat that races with, as part of her crew, a competitor who is in breach of the Eligibility Code is to disqualified from all affected races in the event of a protest.

ISAF Eligibility (ISAF Regulations 19.4 to 19.7)

ISAF Eligibility is an additional qualification to Competition Eligibility. A competitor has ISAF Eligibility if he:

  • is a member of his Member National Authority or one of its affiliated organizations (such as a sailing club);
  • has agreed to be governed and bound by the ISAF Regulations and any other requirement issued by ISAF; and
  • has not had either his Competition Eligibility or ISAF Eligibility suspended or revoked.

In addition, the competition must also be registered as an ISAF Sailor on the ISAF website if involved the following events:

  • the Olympic Sailing Competition;
  • the sailing events of Regional Games recognized by the International Olympic Committee;
  • events including "ISAF" in their titles;
  • Olympic Qualification Events; and
  • ISAF Graded Match Racing Events.

Events requiring ISAF Eligibility

ISAF Eligibility is required if a competitor is competing in any of the following events:

  • the Olympic Sailing Competition;
  • the sailing events of Regional Games recognized by the International Olympic Committee;
  • events including "ISAF" in their titles;
  • world and continental championships of ISAF Classes and world championships of the IMS, Major Events (see ISAF Regulation 25.8.17) and other events approved by ISAF as a world championship;
  • any event at which the organizing authority, MNA or ISAF has appointed an International Jury, International Umpires, International Race Officers, International Measurers or ISAF Technical Delegates to act in those capacities;
  • any event approved by an MNA as an Olympic qualification event;
  • any event designated by an MNA within its jurisdiction as requiring ISAF Eligibility (must be required in the NOR and SIs); and
  • any event designated by ISAF.
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