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Become an International Umpire

World Sailing Race Officials Administration is governed by Section 3 of the World Sailing Regulations.

The basic requirements for a candidate applying to become and International Umpire (IU) are:

  • recently raced, preferably match, fleet or team racing;
  • be able to apply the relevant rules and make correct decisions within a few seconds under pressure;
  • be able to drive and position small powerboats with the anticipation of how boats manoeuvre in match and / or team racing;
  • have attended an World Sailing Umpiring Seminar within four years;
  • have passed the World Sailing examination and performance assessment
  • have acted as an umpire in at least eight principal events in the last four years, one of those must be outside their Group or MNAs as applicable and shall include a range of Grades;
  • have obtained a completed IUSC Reference Form from the Chief Umpire at at lease three of the principal events

All candidates must ensure they have read the relevant sections within the Race Officials Roles, Qualifications and Competences document and World Sailing Regulations in full in order to understand the complete qualifcations required to become an International Umpire.

Applications can be made by registration to the World Sailing International Race Officials Application Portal with a valid World Sailing ID


Performance Assessment Procedure

Only candidates who have attended an World Sailing Umpiring Seminar may request a Performance Assessment.

Assessments can be undertaken at an IU seminar or arranged at an event where an authorized Performance Assessor will be in attendance. Candidates who would like to arrange an assessment should contact the World Sailing Executive Office via email.

IU Test Administrators

Miguel Allen (POR) Charlotte Greppe (SWE) Flavio Naveira (ARG)
Neven Baran (CRO) Bruce Hebbert (GBR) Bill O'Hara (IRL)
Kirk Brown (USA) Sungchul Jeong (KOR) David Pyron (USA)
Sally Burnett (GBR) Kathy Lindgren (USA) Peter Shrubb (BER)
Brad Dellenbaugh (USA) Jack Lloyd (NZL) Jan Stage (DEN)
John Doerr (GBR) Gary Manuel (AUS) John Standley (AUS)
Philippe Gomez (FRA) Jon Napier (GBR) Sofia Truchanowicz (POL)

IUs Authorized to Conduct Match Racing Performance Assessments:

John Doerr (GBR) Bill O'Hara (IRL) Jan Stage (DEN)
Philippe Gomez (FRA) David Pyron (USA) John Standley (AUS)
Gary Manuel (AUS)

IUs Authorized to Conduct Team Racing Umpire Performance Assessments:

Chris Atkins (GBR) David Pyron (USA)
John Doerr (GBR) Jan Stage (DEN)
Jon Napier (GBR) Flavio Naveiro (ARG)

IUs Authorized to Conduct Fleet Racing Umpire Performance Assessments:

Sally Burnett (GBR) Sofia Truchanowicz (POL)
Jan Stage (DEN)

These lists are subject to review annually at the World Sailing conference.

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