INTERNATIONAL CONTENDER CHAMPIONSHIP RULES

These Rules, concerning the organisation of Championships for International Contender Class yachts, form part of the International Contender Association Rules, and should be read in conjunction with the rules as a whole.


The International Contender Association has the overall responsibility for co-ordinating organisation of World Championships, Continental Championships, International Contender Weeks and National Championships in co-operation with National Contender Associations and the National Authorities of the organising countries. These sailing events will be held under the following general rules:-


B.1. CONDITION OF RACING


All races will be sailed under the current ISAF rules (excluding prescriptions of National Authorities) and rules of the International Contender Class and International Contender Association, except where specifically amended in the Sailing Instructions.


B.2. FREQUENCY OF CHAMPIONSHIPS

  1. The World Championships will take place each year, except where due to change of hemisphere a more balanced programme may be obtained by the omission of one year’s Championship, or by holding a Championship outside its calendar year.
  2. A European Championship will take place if the World Championship for that year is to be held outside Europe.
  3. Other Continental Championships may be held in any year that the World Championship is not in that continent.
  4. National Championships will take place at approximately yearly intervals.
  5. Any of the Championships may be combined, provided that Continental and National Championships take place within the area nominated.

B.3. SIZE OF CHAMPIONSHIP FLEETS
  1. There is no limit to the number of entries at World Championships, unless the I.C.A. Committee, in discussion with the organising National Association, specifically imposes a limitation.
  2. Continental Championships the number of boats admitted to the championship will be unlimited, unless the I.C.A. Committee, in discussion with the organising National Association, specifically imposes a limitation.
  3. The number of boats admitted to National Championships to the championship will be unlimited, unless the National Authority or National Association specifically imposes a limitation.

B.4. QUALIFICATIONS FOR REPRESENTATION
  1. A representative of a country competing in the World Championships must be a citizen of that country or a bona fide member of that country.
  2. Competitors in World, Continental and National Championships must be Full or Associate Members of the I.C.A.

B.5. ELIGIBILITY OF BOATS
All boats entered for World, Continental or National Championships must be in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the International Contender Class and must have a valid Certificate. The Measurement Committee has the right to have all boats, spars, sails, etc, wholly or partly re-measured. If deviations from the Rules are found, the boat will not have the right to participate in Contender races until a further official measurement is completed. This measurement must either to the satisfaction of the Measurement Committee, or, after the end of the Championship, by an Approved Measurer to the satisfaction of the National Authority or National Association with whom the boat is registered.

B.6. EQUIPMENT
Only the following equipment may be measured in and used at a major championship:
  1. One mast.
  2. One boom.
c. One centreboard.
  1. No more than two rudders.
  2. No more than two sails.
  3. In the event of breakage or irreparable damage to the equipment listed above, dispensation to use replacements must be obtained from the Race Organising Committee. Permission is given at the Committee's discretion.

B.7. NUMBER OF RACES IN CHAMPIONSHIPS
  1. At World Championships and Continental Championships the number of scheduled races in the Series shall be at least 6 (six). A minimum of 4 (four) races shall be completed to award the Championship Titles. Not more than two races per day will be scheduled.
  2. At National Championships it is recommended that a minimum of 5 (five) races should be scheduled, but the National Authority may reduce this number at its discretion.

B.8. ORGANISATION OF RACING
The racing shall be organised following the ISAF instructions "Organisations of Principal Events" as published in the ISAF Yearbook, latest edition.
  1. Scoring system. The Olympic scoring system shall be used.
  2. Length of course shall be 5 to 12 nautical miles; the shorter course is appropriate if more than 7 races in total , or more than one race per day are scheduled
  3. The course may be shortened at the discretion of the race officer under IYRU Rule 5 (* ISAF Rule 32~ Ed.) if he considers the full course cannot be completed in about one and one-half or three hours. The shorter time is appropriate if more than 7 races in total, or more than one race per day, are scheduled. Any race that is less than 4 legs of the course shall be null and void. For National Championships, a National Association or National Authority may request the Organisation Committee to vary the International Contender Championship Rules to suit local conditions. Any such variation must be published in the Sailing Instructions.
  4. The 720-degree penalty shall apply.

B.9. MANAGEMENT
INITIATION OF A CHAMPIONSHIP
  1. Following discussion between the Committee of the ICA and National Association, the ICA Committee will authorise a National Association to proceed with the organisation of the Championship. The ICA Committee shall specify the approximate dates for the Championships and the location preferred, taking account of the representation to be obtained and the avoidance of coincidence with other major events.
  2. The host National Association will select sufficiently in advance a suitable Yacht Club to hold the event, and obtain the agreement of the ICA Committee.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE
The Organisation Committee shall be appointed by the Yacht Club or Yachting Association entrusted by the host National Association with the event. It must include at least one officer of the host National Association. The Organisation Committee is responsible for the general management of the Championship, including the safety measures, and under the jurisdiction of these rules. The Organisation Committee shall submit Preliminary Notice for the approval of the ICA Committee at least six months before the Championship. The contents of this notice shall be in accordance with the ISAF instruction "Organisation of Principal Events".

CHAMPIONSHIP COMMITTEE
  1. The Championship Committee shall represent the ICA at the Championship. Each competing country shall be entitled to a seat on the Championship Committee. Members of the Championship Committee shall be Full or Associate members of the ICA.
  2. The chairman of the Championship Committee shall be an International Contender Association Officer appointed by the ICA Committee and preferably shall be the Chairman of the ICA.
  3. The names of the Championship Committee shall be given to the Organisation Committee by the ICA Committee at least one week before the first race of the championship.
  4. The Chairman of the Championship Committee shall co-operate with the host Association and the Organisation Committee to ensure that an Approved Measurer, with adequate measuring equipment, is available during the whole of the event. Championship Committee members shall decide on all matters concerning the interpretation of the Championship and Class Rules, the English edition of which shall prevail in case of ambiguity.
  5. The Championship Committee shall, in conjunction with the Organisation Committee, be responsible for establishing the order of competitors at the end of the championship, and its decision shall be final. It shall ensure that these results are announced officially. Not later than six months after the Championship, the Organisation Committee shall submit a report to the ICA Committee on the operation of these Championship Rules and any recommendations for their improvement.

RACE COMMITTEE
  1. The Organisation Committee shall appoint the Race Committee.
  2. The Race Committee has the authority and duties as laid down in Part II of the ISAF rules.
  3. The Race Committee shall discourage all attempts towards team racing.

MEASUREMENT COMMITTEE.
  1. The Organisation Committee, with the agreement of the ICA Committee shall appoint the Measurement Committee, which shall consist of a chairman who must be an Approved Measurer and other measurers whose measurement activities are to be supervised by the Measurement Committee chairman.
  2. The Measurement Committee Chairman must have adequate equipment and may not compete in any races.
  3. The Measurement Committee shall submit to the ICA Committee a report of its official activities and any deviations from the Class Rules that it found.

PROTEST COMMITTEE AND JURY
  1. The Organisation Committee with the approval of the Championship Committee shall choose the Chairman of the Protest Committee (Jury) and Protest Committee members. The Protest Committee shall consist of persons fully conversant with the ISAF Racing Rules and their attitudes and judgements shall not be that of interested parties. It is suggested that the Protest Committee include a representative of the National Authority of the host country.
  2. The Protest Committee shall operate under the "Terms of Reference of an International Jury under IYRU Racing Rule 77.5" and its decisions are to be final under "Conditions for decisions of an International Jury or Protest committee to be Final (IYRU Racing rule 77.5(b) Appeals)" as published in ISAF Rules, latest edition. * ISAF Appendix Q & Rules 70.4, 89(c) ~ Ed.

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS AND FINAL NOTICE
  1. The Organisation Committee shall submit the Sailing Instructions and Final Notice for approval of the ICA Committee at least three months before the Championship. The contents of these notices shall be in accordance with the ISAF Instructions "Organisation of Principal Events".
  2. The official language of the sailing instructions shall be English. It is desirable that translation into the language of competing helmsmen shall be provided, but if this is not done, sailing instructions should be provided to all helmsmen entered, at least four weeks prior to the event so that they may make their own translation.
  3. It is the intention that all decisions regarding Measurement, Protests and these Rules shall be final. The Organisation Committee shall therefore obtain specific approval from the National Authority for the decision of the Measurement, Protest and ICA Committees to be final.

B.10. PRIZES
  1. In all Championship Races, prizes shall be awarded to helmsmen of the first 10% of competing boats, with a minimum of three prizes. Prizes for final points shall be awarded to helmsmen of the first 15% of competing boats, with a minimum of prizes for five boats. It is suggested to Host Associations that souvenirs should be presented to all participants in World Championships.
  2. The World Champion will be the winner of the series.
  3. The Junior World Champion will be the first overall under the age of 21 on the date of the first scheduled race.
  4. The Apprentice Master World Champion will be the first overall aged 40-45 years old on the date of the first scheduled race.
  5. The Master World Champion will be the first overall aged 46-50 years old on the date of the first scheduled race. The Grand Master World Champion will be the first overall aged over 50 years old on the date of the first scheduled race.
  6. Woman World Champion will be the first female overall.

B.11. GOLD SAIL NUMBERS
The current and past World Champions may use gold coloured sail numbers and National letters in accordance with IYRU Appendix B.3 1.2 (a) (i). *ISAF Appendix H ~ Ed