Feb 15, 2006, 2:23 PM
Post #7 of 10
This is what I found tucked away on the ISAF website Quote:
Re: [SailTrim] Amateur vs Professional Sailor
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(c) A competitor, who is not a Group 3 competitor and any of whose work at any time in the 12 months before the Classification Date has been in a marine business or organization, is:
(i) a Group 1 competitor if the work does not utilize or require knowledge or skill capable of contributing to the performance of a boat or boats in a race or series, and is limited to being an investor, business adviser, manager, administrator or production worker, provided that he or she is not for any other reason a Group 2 or 3 competitor otherwise;
(ii) a Group 2 competitor.
A rigger who makes someone a halyard doesn't get paid to race, but, as I read the above, would be considered a Group 2 professional since he works in the sailing industry and what he knows about making halyards certainly contributes to the performance of racing boats. (If he didn't know his stuff, the halyard would fail...) If he actually crewed on the boat he made the halyard for, he'd be Group 3. (That section was too long to warrant pasting here.)
People on staff at ISAF are by definition working in the industry. If their knowledge used at work doesn't contribute to the performance of racing boats - knowing the racing rules, knowing about ratings or other racing requirements -- they should be fired, since they're obviously not needed at ISAF and are of no help to us sailors. If what they know does help us sail better, then they are all by definition at least Group 2.
I went onto the ISAF website, but it didn't show any paid staff that I checked listed as category 1, 2 or 3. Maybe that function isn't working properly.