RIGHT TO REPLY – IFCA
IFCA and World Sailing Regulations concerning Class World Titles
1) Each International Class is according to regulation 25.2.1:
Quote: automatically granted the right, subject to the notification
requirements of Regulation 25.7, to hold one annual World Championship.
Regulation 10.4 defines how this right is maintained or rescinded.
2) Each International Class, according to regulation 25.2.5 is also awarded with:
Quote: the following subsidiary World Championship titles:
(a) one Women’s World Champion title.
(b) one Youth World Champion title (which may be on the basis of gender), where youth crews are so defined by the Class.
(c) one further World Champion title on the basis of gender, age or discipline.
3) These rights are further described in regulation 10.4 (b) detailing that
Quote: The World Championships should meet or exceed the following participation levels for two of the last three World Championships
Category according to Number of No. of No. of
Hull Length Entries Countries Continents
Boats up to 6.0m 30 5 2
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.
The IFCA (International Funboard Class Association) handles for World Sailing since1981 slalom, freestyle and wave in all gender and age categories. To give all participants a World Title we would need yearly 12 World Titles (if we would have the numbers). IFCA chooses every year, in function of the evolution of the sport which disciplines, gender and age categories gets priority for the World Titles. The last few years this has been Men, Youth and Master Slalom and Men Freestyle. The decline in Freestyle pushed us to what we have now: Men, Women, Youth and Master Slalom. Currently World Sailing is revising both regulation 10 and 25 in a working party made by 10 specialists and I was appointed as one of them. One of my goals is to find a better regulation mainly for Women and Discipline linked titles…to be continued.
Bruno De Wannemaeker,