Classification Code goes interactive

The ISAF Sailors' Classification Code, for professional/amateur classification, will go online in June

Thursday May 17th 2001, Author: Gerald New, Location: United Kingdom
The Sailors' Classification Code, introduced last November 2000 will be completely interactive by the middle of next month, the ISAF has announced. Users will be able to interrogate skipper's reports, view a skipper's progress through the rankings and research historical results over the past ten years.

The Code was introduced to provide a standard international system of professional/amateur classification, for those classes and events which limit the number of professional sailors who can crew on a boat. It should be noted that the Olympic Classes will not be able to restrict professional participation.

At this stage it will not be mandatory to use the ISAF Classification Code but from November 2002 it will be the only system used for international events.

If an event is to use the Classification Code, it will be stated in the Notice of Race that the ISAF Code applies. The first events to require use of the Code are the Swan Europeans at Cowes in June, followed by the America's Cup 150th Jubilee at Cowes in August.

Upon registering, each sailor will be given a unique number identification. Sailors will be able to update their personal information, which will remain completely confidential and secure, whilst users will be able to look at the classification of other sailors. The ISAF intends that this will provide a comprehensive up-to-date information service, which can be used by the media, event organisers, sponsors, national authorities and sailors.

All sailors are invited by the ISAF to register online, regardless of whether or not they are competing in an event which requires a professional/amateur classification.

Direct access to the ISAF Sailors' Classification is at: www.sailing.org/classification

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