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Can the Volvo Ocean Race be the same without a Southern Ocean and what makes a professional yachtsman?
If you have any comment to make about the following - click here to send us your views. Yesterday we wrote about the wranglings Nick Haigh has been going through with his status in ISAF's eye as a professional or an amateur yachtsmen. Read the article here. Today ISAF send this rather benign response: Thank you for giving ISAF and the ISAF Classification Commission the opportunity to comment. The ISAF Classification Code is detailed in the ISAF Regulations which are available on the ISAF website, via the Regulations section of the site and available directly on the Sailors’ Classification section of the ISAF website. Supporting the ISAF Classification Code, ISAF also publishes on the same part of the website a set of FAQs to help sailors understand the Classification Code. ISAF believes you will find that the FAQs answer the questions posed. The ISAF Classification Code and the FAQs have existed since November 2002. The ISAF Classification Code is a successor to the RYA and US Sailing codes previously applied, and the principles are therefore well established, with the ISAF Classification Code used in many countries. The Code came into existence at the request of sailors and event organisers who wished for a clear, world-wide single system of defining sailors. Close to home the Classification Code has been used in the Rolex Commodores’ Cup, Cork Week and the Mumm 30, Farr 40 and Swan 45 classes. The use of the ISAF Classification Code, if any, at an event is determined by the Organiser or Class, not ISAF, and they set the limits on each group and publish them in the Notice of Race or Class Rules. The FAQs are updated and added to each year and revisions to the ISAF Classification Code are recommended to ISAF each year if they are thought to be of

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