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Become an International Umpire

ISAF Race Officials Administration is governed by Section 3 of the ISAF Regulations.

The basic requirements for a candidate applying to become and International Umpire (IU) are:

  • recently raced, preferably match or team racing;
  • be able to apply the relevant rules and make correct decisions within a few seconds under pressure;
  • be able to drive and position small powerboats with the anticipation of how boats manoeuvre in match and / or team racing;
  • have attended an ISAF Umpiring Seminar within four years;
  • have passed the ISAF examination and performance assessment
  • have acted as an umpire in at least eight principal events in the last four years, one of those must be outside their Group or MNAs as applicable and shall include a range of Grades;
  • have obtained a completed IUSC Reference Form from the Chief Umpire at at lease three of the principal events

All candidates must ensure they have read the relevant Regulations in full in order to understand all of the qualifications required to become an International Umpire.


Performance Assessment Procedure

Only candidates who have attended an ISAF Umpiring Seminar may request a Performance Assessment.

Assessments can be undertaken at an IU seminar or arranged at an event where an authorized Performance Assessor will be in attendance. Candidates who would like to arrange an assessment should contact the ISAF Secretariat via email.

IU Test Administrators 2012

Neven Baran (CRO) Shane Borrell (NZL) Sally Burnett (GBR)
Charley Cook (USA) Brad Dellenbaugh (USA) John Doerr (GBR)
Barbara Farquhar (USA) Philippe Gomez (FRA) Charlotte Greppe (SWE)
Bruce Hebbert (GBR) Jack Lloyd (NZL) Henry Menin (ISV)
Marianne Middelthon (NOR) David Pelling (CAN) Peter Shrubb (BER)
Jan Stage (DEN) John Standley (AUS)

2012 IUs Authorized to Conduct Match Racing Performance Assessments:

Shane Borrell (NZL) Gerard Bosse (FRA) Sally Burnett (GBR)
John Doerr (GBR) Philippe Gomez (FRA) Jack Lloyd (NZL)
Henry Menin (ISV) Marianne Middelthon (NOR) Jan Stage (DEN)
John Standley (AUS)

2012 IUs Authorized to Conduct Team Racing Umpire Performance Assessments:

Chris Atkins (GBR) John Doerr (GBR) Jan Stage (DEN)

These lists are subject to review annually at the ISAF conference.

Documents for Candidates Applying to Become a International Umpire

International Umpire Performance Assessment Guidelines
Principal Event Guidelines
Race Officials - First Applications & Renewals

Welcome to the application process for Race Official First Applicants and Renewal for 2012.

Please complete the below form to apply. Please note you must have a valid Sailor ID in order to apply or re-new. If you do not have a Sailor ID you will need to apply for one here before you can complete the application form.

Please click on the submit button and you will receive a zip file back within 48hrs for you to complete and return to us.

Please visit for the link to the updated Regulations.

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