National Judges Seminar: Durban: 28 – 30 March 2014

Lance Burger and Alan Keen, International Judges, will present a National Judges Training Seminar on the weekend of 28 – 30 March 2014.

Contents of Seminar
The purpose of the seminar is to train people to become more proficient at judging and serving on protest committees and to train people, for those so inclined, to develop the skills to become International Judges.  Participants will have an opportunity to participate in case studies and practice writing up protests.

Presenters
Alan Keen has served on numerous international juries, including several Laser World Championships, the Volvo Ocean Race and All Africa Games.  He sails dinghies and keel boats (including ocean racing) and came third in a Laser Masters World Championships.  He is a multiple L34 National Champion. and a Yachtmaster Offshore.

Lance Burger has served on the International Jury for the ISAF Worlds and at the Olympic Games.  He serves on the ISAF Racing Rules committee and is a member of the ISAF Disciplinary Commission.  He came second in a Laser Masters World Championships and fifth in a J22 World Championships.  He has a Yachtmaster Ocean certificate from the RYA and SA Sailing.

Syllabus
Reason for course; where does the course fit in the structure of ISAF and SAS.
Protest procedure, including validity of protest.
How to write up protest: facts found and conclusion.
Considering the evidence, including photographs, video and tracking.
Ethics and conflict of interest.
Rule 2 and Rule 69 hearings.
Redress hearings.
Organisational structure: Notice of race, Sailing Instructions etc.
Discretionary penalties
Case studies and group discussion of the case studies
Requests for re-opening
Rule 42 judging (theory only), if time allows
Test

Dates and Times
Friday 28 March 2014: 18:00 registration to start 18:30 to approx 20:30
Saturday 29 March: 8:15 to approximately 17:00
Sunday 30 March: 8:15 to approximately 16:00.

Venue:
Point Yacht Club, Durban

Who should attend?
You must have a reasonable knowledge of the Racing Rules of Sailing, particularly the rules of part 2.  This is not a rules seminar or course, it is to teach being a national judge or to become an international judge.  Due to the nature of the course the number of participants will be limited to 20.

Preparation
You must have a reasonable knowledge of the RRS, particularly Part 2.  Please read the other rules beforehand so that you know where to find them in the rule book.  You will need a fair knowledge of the rules to be able to find answers in the RRS with the limited time available for the test. It is not essential but advisable to also read the ISAF judges manual. There will be additional pre-work as well, which will be distributed a few weeks before the course.

Test
Participants can take a rule book with them into the test but no other books.  The test is mostly for self-evaluation, and to determine areas where improvement is needed.  If you do particularly well in the test we will recommend you to be made a national judge. Few people finish the test in time without rushing.  Knowing the rules well and a good knowledge of the ISAF judges manual will help you to do well in the test.

Information from Campbell Alexander – alexander@alexandercox.co.za