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Rapid Response Calls

The Rapid Response Calls for Match and Team Racing are designed to supplement the ISAF Call system by meeting the short-term demands of event organizers and umpires. The Calls are not authorized interpretations - they are intended to provide consistency around the world and permit calls to be tested thoroughly before becoming authorized in accordance with ISAF Regulations.

ISAF Match Racing and Team Racing Rapid Response Calls

The system permits a rapid response for Calls and respects the guidelines for publishing calls in the ISAF Regulations. In addition, where the factual matter is the same or substantially similar to an existing authenticated call, a call under this system may only be included if there are factual circumstances which are sufficiently different from an existing authenticated call that a different call is warranted, or if the new call clearlyadds clarity to an existng call.

The Rapid Response systems operates in the same way for match racing and team racing as follows:

  • A panel of up to 8 IUs are appointed to each of the ISAF Rapid Response Call Panels.
  • At any one time at least 3 members of the panel will be authorized to act.
  • All proposed new Calls under this programme are to be submitted to this panel. The panel has only 3 options - they may support the Call as submitted, support the Call with editing or reject the Call. If rejected, they must state the reasons for rejection and return to the originator. This should be within 4 weeks of receipt.
  • If supported, the Call will be given a reference number and labeled "ISAF Match Racing (or Team Racing) Rapid Response Call", given an expiry date (31 December of the year of the next RRC meeting to which the Call can be submitted) and forwarded to the ISAF secretariat.
  • The ISAF Match Racing (or Team Racing) Rapid Response Call will then be sent to all MNA's and IU's who have email and it will be posted on the ISAF website within a few working days in a format capable of being downloaded.
  • The ISAF Match Racing (or Team Racing) Rapid Response Calls will be automatically submitted to the next appropriate Racing Rules Committee meeting, via the Match and Team Racing Rules Working Party, for adoption as Authorized Calls and added to the ISAF Match Racing (or Team Racing) Call Book, or rejected.
  • If an existing ISAF Match Racing (or Team Racing) Rapid Response Call is found to be flawed, then a revised version may be submitted to the panel as if this was a new Call. If the panel decides to support the revised call it will be issued under the original reference but with the addition of "Revision 2".

The 2013 Match Racing Rapid Response Calls Panel are:

Marianne Middelthon (NOR) - Chairman
Miguel Allen (POR) Flavio Naveira (ARG)
Richard Slater (AUS) John Standley (AUS)

The 2013 Team Racing Rapid Response Calls Panel are:

Marianne Middelthon (NOR) - Chairman
Gordon Davies (IRL) Peter Johnson (GBR)
Matthew Knowles (USA) David Pryon (USA)

The latest calls are below.

Rapid Response Calls - Team Racing

TitleAbstract
Rapid Response Team Racing Call 2014.001 Exoneration when no boat protests.
Rapid Response Team Racing Call 2014.002Playing tactics at marks
Rapid Response Team Racing Call 2014.003Dial down in Team Racing
Rapid Response Team Racing Call 2014.004Changing to pass an obstruction on the other side

Rapid Response Calls - Match Racing

TitleAbstract
Rapid Response Match Racing Call 2014.001Interfering with a boat taking a penalty.
Rapid Response Match Racing Call 2014.002Luffing with Spinnakers - on opposite tacks
Rapid Response Match racing Call 2014.004Changing to pass an obstruction on the other side
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