RYA sanctions advertising in club handicap racing

Decision to opt for Category C opens up advertising possibilities for the club sailor

Tuesday January 9th 2001, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
Club sailors in the UK are now free to emblazon their boats with advertising, following the RYA's decision to make all racing under the Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme automatic Category C. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) rules have had the potential for full-blown advertising for some time, but the RYA appears keen to allow the new rules to be used to the full to allow advertising to be exploited in the UK.

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.

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