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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.


A World Sailing workshop provides international umpire (IU) candidates with an opportunity to pass the performance assessment that is required for appointment as an IU. A workshop is held at an event with focus on umpiring on the water.
World Sailing will provide an instructor/performance assessor who will work with the delegates at the event and carry out a formal performance assessment if requested. Delegates must previously have participated in an IU seminar and failed the performance assessment. A fixed number of places will be announced, and it will typically be quite low. If more applicants sign up, they will be selected by the IUSC based on their performance at the seminar(s) they have participated in.

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)

Bill O'Hara (IRL)

World Sailing Umpire Seminar & Clinic Trainee Instructors

Flavio Naveira (ARG)
Sofia Truchanowicz (POL)

*Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic planned seminars and clinics will be under continuous review with each MNA on their ability to run. World Sailing will aim to confirm any cancellations with advance warning where possible and with due consideration of registered participants*

Future Umpire Seminars and Clinics
World Sailing International Umpire Fleet Racing Seminar, Gdynia POL 14th-19th July 2020 - CANCELLED
14 Jul 20 - 19 Jul 20
World Sailing International Umpire Seminar, Auckland NZL 6th-11th October 2020
06 Oct 20 - 11 Oct 20
WS Umpiring Seminar - Application Form
06 Oct 20 - 11 Oct 20
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