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International Umpires Seminars & Clinics

The Seminars and Clinics for Umpires are intended to improve the standard of regional / group umpiring and to assist people who wish to become an International Umpire. Both are hosted by Member National Authorities.

Information about hosting a World Sailing Seminar and Clinic is available here.


A World Sailing Umpiring Seminar must be held in conjunction with a Match, Team or Fleet Racing event. The Seminar must include a minimum of two days classroom instruction for Match and two and a half days for Team and Fleet, the World Sailing written test, followed by a minimum of three days on-the-water umpiring at an event, where participants may undertake a formal Performance Assessment

The event should normally be a Grade 2 or 3 event for Match Racing (never a Grade WC or a Grade 1 event) or a similar level for Team Racing.

Although the minimum number of days on the water is three it is recommended to extend this to four days as this gives the attendees better possibilities to complete a successful performance assessment.

The seminar must be open to attendees from other nations than the hosting national authority.

Candidates who wish to attend an World Sailing International Umpiring seminar should either have a current appointment as a national Umpire or have attended an World Sailing Match Racing / Team Racing /Fleet Racing Clinic. It is required that they have experience of umpiring at national level.


The World Sailing Clinics are intended to introduce these disciplines to areas where there is little experience of these kinds of sailing. The Clinics teach umpiring to judges who have knowledge of the Racing Rules of Sailing but have little or no knowledge of umpiring.

The World Sailing Match, Fleet and Team Racing Clinics last for two / three days with 90% of the activities on the water.

World Sailing Umpire Seminar & Clinic Instructors

Chris Atkins (GBR)

Sally Burnett (GBR)

John Doerr (GBR)

Philippe Gomez (FRA)

Gary Manuel (AUS)

David Pyron (USA)

Jan Stage (DEN)

World Sailing Umpire Seminar & Clinic Trainee Instructors

Flavio Naveira (ARG)
Bill O'Hara (IRL)
Sofia Truchanowicz (POL)

Future Umpire Seminars and Clinics
World Sailing Fleet Racing Umpire Clinic, Sochi, Russia 21st-24th March 2019
21 Mar 19 - 24 Mar 19
World Sailing International Umpire Fleet Racing Seminar, Starnberg GER 30th April-5th May
30 Apr 19 - 05 May 19
WS Umpiring Seminar - Application Form
30 Apr 19 - 05 May 19
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