RYA sanctions advertising in club handicap racing
As well as allowing national classes to make their own decision about whether to opt for full-blown advertising (Category C), no advertising (Category A) or something in the middle, the RYA has now said that all Portsmouth Yardstick racing is automatically Category C unless it receives an application to run an event with no advertising. The RYA says: "For events using the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme the advertising category (for GBR competitors under ISAF regulation 20.5.1) will be Category C unless the RYA has approved an application for the event to be Category A under the 'Club' or 'Invitational' provision of the ISAF Regulation 20.4.4."
This means that sailors can use their hull, spars and sails for advertising in club racing and events like the Bloody Mary and the Grafham Grand Prix, even if their class racing does not allow it. The X-boats, for example, have applied to the RYA for Category A status, so will not be able to display advertising in their own fleet racing, but will be able to do so during Yardstick racing events.
For more information contact the RYA Racing Division on 023 8062 7434 or the Advertising Code help e-mail address. Details of the ISAF Advertising Code are published on the ISAF website.