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New Caribbean Regatta Sanctioning Committee
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Jan 13, 2013, 8:07 AM

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The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) has formed a new Regatta Sanctioning Committee to help manage the busy Caribbean race calendar.

With the continued growth of the major international events taking place in the Caribbean, and no central authority helping to coordinate the events, the CSA has agreed to step in and establish policy to reduce crowding and conflicts on the race calendar.

The CSA recognizes the importance of avoiding scheduling conflicts for the good of everybody involved in the sport. A coordinated schedule will allow more sailors and yachts to attend more events. This in turn will benefit each individual regatta by attracting the greatest number of participants, and just as importantly help the local economies on each island.

The goal of this new policy is for each major event to “own” their place on the yearly calendar, thereby eliminating the need to coordinate on an annual basis. New events will be slotted in around the established regattas.

Although some events cater to different types of yachts, the CSA will still endeavor to avoid conflicting dates. Many of the Superyachts depend on the same sailors that are racing on the grand prix boats, so a conflicting date can prevent an owner or yacht from attending. Furthermore, the same international press and exposure is being sought by the different events, so avoiding overlaps will help ensure maximum coverage of each regatta. This will also allow charter boats and cruisers to be able to attend more events.

The Caribbean regatta schedule is already set for 2013 and posted on the website (http://www.caribbean-sailing.com/). The new regatta sanctioning policy will take effect from 2014 onward, and each island, club, or organizer of a major international event in the Caribbean is asked to contact the CSA by June 1 each year to submit their proposed regatta schedule for the following year.

For any questions or to submit your regatta to the committee, please contact the CSA Sanctioning Committee at secretariat@caribbean-sailing.com.

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) is a non-profit organisation run by a volunteer board of representatives from across the Caribbean.
  • The CSA Rating Rule has been in place for over 50 years and continues to be the governing rule at virtually all Caribbean Regattas raced year round.
  • Measurers are based on most Caribbean islands and a measurer is assigned to all regattas run under the CSA Rating Rule to assist with measurement and measurement-related issues throughout the regatta.
  • President of the CSA is Peter Holmberg.

For more information please visit http://www.caribbean-sailing.com/

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