Judge Program

Judge Program

The Sail Canada Judge Program has three aims. First, to serve the sport by producing well-qualified Judges and protest committee personnel. The second is to encourage sailors to become involved in protest hearings at all levels of competition. The third is actively to improve the knowledge and skills of Judges so that they may more effectively administer the racing rules, on the water and in the protest hearing room.


Sail Canada Judge Program

Club Judge

A Club Judge supports the club’s racing program by serving on protest committees and acting as an advisor on racing rules and procedures at their home club, or at nearby events in which their club members participate.

The training and certification of a Club Judge is delegated to the Provincial Sailing Associations. Club Judge Seminars are organized by Provincial Sailing Associations, often during the non-sailing season or in conjunction with a regatta. A Club Judge candidate must both attend a seminar and pass a test before certification.

This sample Club Judge test is available for candidates to try prior to the seminar.

Regional Judge

A Regional Judge is able to chair protest committees for local and regional events and routinely be a member of protest committees for national events. Absent mitigating physical limitations, a Regional Judge can be expected to be capable of judging Rule 42 on the water.

The training and certification of a Regional Judge is the responsibility of the Sail Canada Judges Sub-Committee. Regional Judge candidates must attend a seminar and pass a test before certification. Regional/National Judge seminars and tests are typically given in conjunction with the Sail Canada Annual General Meeting and may be given at other times and locations when sufficient candidates are available. US Sailing Regional/National Judge seminars and tests are acceptable alternatives to the Sail Canada seminars.

National Judge

A National Judge is able to serve as Chief Judge for national and international events and may periodically serve as a member of International Juries. Absent mitigating physical limitations, a National Judge can be expected to be capable of judging Rule 42 on-the-water. Seminars at the Regional / National level are organized by Sail Canada.

The training and certification of a National Judge is the responsibility of the Sail Canada Judges Sub-Committee. Regional Judge candidates must attend a seminar and pass a test before certification. Regional/National Judge seminars and tests are typically given in conjunction with the Sail Canada Annual General Meeting and may be given at other times and locations when sufficient candidates are available. US Sailing Regional/National Judge seminars and tests are acceptable alternatives to the Sail Canada seminars.

Related Documents & Links

Judges Program Criteria Club Judge Application Regional & National Judge Application Judges Reference Form Sail Canada Code of Conduct Sail Canada Disciplinary Hearings & Actions

Please send all applications to official@sailing.ca

Safe Sport Training

Creating a sport culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) Safe Sport Module has been designed to help anyone in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment. Starting in 2021, Regional & National Judges will be required to complete Safe Sport Training.

The Safe Sport Module is available to athletes, coaches, officials, parents, volunteers and administrators at no cost. Please click here for more information and to access the Safe Sport Module. (Note: You will be required to create a profile in the CAC Locker, prior to completing the fee module.)

Criminal Background Check

Sail Canada is responsible for ensuring the safety of athletes and participants in the sailing community. In April 2020 the Sail Canada Board of Directors approved a Criminal Record Check & Screening Policy as part of the effort to keep all participants safe. Starting in 2021, Regional & National Judges will be required to hold a valid Criminal Background Check (checks will be accepted for 5 years from the date obtained). 

Sail Canada has partnered with Sterling Backcheck to make obtaining a Criminal Record Check efficient. Checks can be completed in as little as 4 hours, and the outcome can be directed to Sail Canada if you choose to. Please use this link to access Sterling Backcheck. Criminal Background Checks obtained from another source can be sent to official@sailing.ca.

Insurance Information

Insurance Information for Officials Race Official Insurance FAQ

World Sailing Documents

Misconduct Guidance

Judges Sub-Committee

  • Joe Jospe (Chair)
  • Lynne Beal
  • Mike Turner
  • Katie Coleman Nicoll
  • Eric Turner
  • Lesley Taylor
  • Michael Anderson
  • Wendy Loat (Emeritus)

Judges Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes

Rule 69 Advisory Panel

The Rule 69 Advisory Panel exists to provide support to protest committees who seek expert advice in misconduct hearings held under Rule 69 of the Racing Rules of Sailing. The Rule 69 Advisory Panel is, in effect, a pool of advisors. Members of the Rule 69 Advisory Panel are Listed below.

Clubs or protest committees may request support from a member of the Rule 69 Advisory Panel through the Sail Canada office (official@sailing.ca), or by direct approach to a Rule 69 Advisory Panel member.

Rule 69 Advisory panel members:

  • Mike Turner, IJ,
  • Leo Reise, IJ,
  • Kathy Dyer, IJ,
  • Robert Stewart, IJ,
  • Lynne Beal, IJ,
  • Pat Healy, IJ,
  • David Pelling, IJ,

Judges Newsletter

January 2020

July 2019

March 2019

October 2018

March 2018


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