Upholding status for international titles

Published on October 27th, 2022

It should be an immense honor to win a World Championship, and World Sailing has standards to be reached and maintained for Class Organizations to award such a title. However, it is an area of confusion, as with a 100+ boats holding International Status, there are many crowns to claim.

The World Sailing Regulations define the necessary variables, and how once granted International Status, that if a Class has failed to meet this requirement for two of their last three World Championships, it may only call its next such event a World Championships and award World Champion titles if the participation levels at that event meet this requirement.

But with World Sailing seemingly understaffed, it is not clear if they are keeping up with this responsibility. They currently allow several of the Melges classes to blatantly break their regulations, so it was encouraging for the World Sailing Equipment Committee to be making the following recommendations at the 2022 World Sailing Annual Conference:

Persico 69F
After a review of the application to become a World Sailing Class, the Class Organization was found to fall short of the requirements, and the recommendation was to deny the request.

International Byte Class Association
Following the review of the class association, the Committee considers that the class no longer meets the regulatory requirements. The class has outstanding debts with World Sailing, does not meet the global distribution requirements, and has not complied with the requirement to provide an Annual Report that serves to assess compliance with all the remaining regulatory requirements. The class has acknowledged the review and does not challenge the recommendation.

International Farr 40 Class Association
Following the review of the class association, the Committee considers that the class no longer meets the regulatory requirements. The class has outstanding debts with World Sailing, does not meet the global distribution requirements and has not complied with the requirement to provide an Annual Report that serves to assess compliance with all the remaining regulatory requirements. The class has had no activity since 2019.

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