Judges

Judges
 
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 be 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.

The Program recognizes and certifies three levels of Judge, Club, Regional and National, to allow for each individual’s ambitions and capabilities.
 
The Sail Canada Judges Sub-Committee is responsible for the Program, developing and/or approving training materials and setting standards, so that the Program is consistent across Canada.

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.

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.

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 Regional or National Judge is the responsibility of the Sail Canada Judges Sub-Committee.

Regional and National Judge candidates must both attend a seminar and pass a test before certification. Regional/National Judge seminars 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 are acceptable alternatives to the Sail Canada seminars. Sail Canada Regional/National Judge tests are typically given in conjunction with a seminar, but may be challenged at other times. US Sailing Regional/National Judge on-line tests are acceptable alternatives to the Sail Canada Regional/National Judge test. 
 
 
Sail Canada Judges Program 
The Sail Canada Training and Certification Committee approved a new, revised Judges Program in March 2018. Full details of the program, including all requirements for certification, can be seen here: Sail Canada Judge Program
Questions about this can be directed to official@sailing.ca.
 
 
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