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Olympic Class Alert!

Paul Hobson

National Flags now compulsory at SWC events.


With the new Olympic quadrennium, ISAF has taken some new steps to bring more attention to sailing.

Nation flags on sails, will be now compulsory for each SWC events. Palma is the first event to have this requirement.

The new rule states:

At the ISAF November 2012 Conference, Submission 086-12 was passed, requiring that “At the ISAF Sailing World Championships, and at all ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas, all Olympic Class boats shall carry nation flags on their mainsails, in accordance with their Class Rules. If the Class Rules do not include a specification for carrying nation flags, they shall be carried in accordance with ISAF specifications.”(c) At the ISAF Sailing World Cup and the ISAF Sailing World Championship, or when required by the Notice of Race, a skipper national flag, nominal size 740 x 443 mm, shall be applied to each side of the sail, positioned such that the aft edge of each flag is between 50 and 100 mm of the leech and the upper edge between 50 and 100 mm below the second lower batten pocket. The flags shall be made by the ISAF approved manufacturer which in this case is Grapefruit Graphics.

We urge all customers attending the Palma SWC to order their flags asap. North Sails Can offer to have your sails supplied ready to race with your country flags already applied hassle free. The cost is £50 or €60 per sail, this applies to the Finn and 470 classes.

Please contact us now to order yours.

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