Let's Get Classified !

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Let's Get Classified !

Post by Webmaster » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:44 pm

Major Dragon regattas now regularly incorporate a Corinthian competition open to all amateur crews only. The amateur teams race within the main competition but their results are then extracted and special trophies are awarded to the all-amateur winners. The next IDA event to include a Corinthian division will be the 2011 Dragon World Championship to be held from 9 to 15 January in Melbourne, Australia.

To be eligible to compete in the Corinthian Division at a Dragon event all members of the crew of a boat must qualify as Classification 1 (amateur) sailors under the ISAF Sailor Classification Code and to be included in the Corinthian Division you must submit your ISAF individual ID, Classification number and expiry date (which must be after the final day of competition at the regatta) on entering the championship.

If you and your crew haven’t yet obtained your ISAF Classifications but want to take part in coming Corinthian competitions now is the time to take action. For most people obtaining an ISAF Classification is a quick and simple process but from time to time ISAF makes additional checks and these can take some weeks to complete so don’t leave requesting your Classification until the last minute. Do it today and you will be all set to go for next season.

It’s a simple 2 step process to obtain your Classification:-

Step 1 – Obtain Your Personal ISAF ID

The first step along the way is to obtain an ISAF ID. This is your personal identification number that ISAF will use for all records and correspondence with you.

Go to http://www.sailing.org/classification/f ... cation.php and complete the form you will find there. You will then receive an e-mail response from ISAF confirming your ID has been created. You can now move on to

Step 2 – Obtain Your ISAF Sailor Classification

Now that you have your ID you can request your classification. From http://www.sailing.org/classification/f ... cation.php you can log in using your new ID and password and then you can begin to complete the classification application form. If you need help with understanding any of the questions got to the FAQ section at http://www.sailing.org/classification/index.php#faqs . Answer all questions fully and accurately

If you are a complete amateur and do not work in any part of the marine industry your classification is very likely to be processed straight away and you will receive immediate confirmation of your Classification 1 status. If you do work in part of the marine industry or have received payment for sailing in the past the system may send your application through for further review before you can receive a Classification. In this case you will receive e-mail communication to the e-mail address you registered and it is important that you follow the instructions in the e-mails to reply promptly and give all information requested. Also be on the lookout for follow-up questions and respond to those too. Once all the questions have been answered ISAF will be able to confirm your Classification. Reviews can take several weeks or even on occasion months to complete which is why we recommend you make your application now.

Print Out Your Classification Certificate

It’s a really good idea to print out your Classification Certificate and keep a copy in your boat papers so that you have it with you when you are traveling and can present it at registration if needed (keep a copy of your crews’ classifications too so you don’t have to worry about them remembering to bring them).

Renewing Your Classification

A Classification is only valid for two years after which you must reapply. To check the expiry date of your classification please go to http://www.sailing.org/sailors/isafsailor.php and search for your ISAF ID or family name to view your entry and make sure that your classification will remain valid for all planned races. If your classification is due to expire you can go to http://www.sailing.org/classification/renewal.php to renew it.

Keeping ISAF Informed

Please remember that if your amateur/professional situation changes after you have received your classification the onus is on you to request a new classification based on your new situation. ISAF has the right to conduct interviews with sailors during the registration for events using its classification system and the penalties for supplying false data can be severe.

Don’t forget, all members of you crew must have a current ISAF Classification 1 to be eligible for you to compete in the Corinthian competition so get everyone signed up now and enjoy some great Corinthian sailing.

Fi Brown

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