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Become an International Judge

Candidates for initial appointment by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as International Judge (IJ) with a United States country designation must be nominated by US Sailing through a recommendation of the Judges Committee. 

Candidates for re-appointment may be reviewed by the Judges Committee at ISAF’s request. 

In order to request a nomination from US Sailing for initial appointment as an International Judge an application must:

  1. Be a US Sailing Senior Judge;
  2. Send a copy of their completed International Judge application to US Sailing;
  3. Meet all of the requirements for International Judge as described in the ISAF Regulations;
  4. Have at least three favorable references who have served with the candidate on International Juries(*).  The references must meet the following criteria:
    1. No current member of the US Sailing Judges Committee or Board of Directors may serve as a reference.
    2. At least two must be current ISAF International Judges.
    3. At least one must be a US Sailing Senior Judge.
    4. At least one must be a non-US International Judge who has worked with the candidate on an International Jury outside of the US in the past four years.
    5. At least two must have been the Chief Judge of an International Jury on which the candidate as served in the past four years.
  5. Have his/her principal place of residence in the United States;
  6. Do a substantial portion of his/her judging in the United States;
  7. Accept ISAF "country" listing as the United States for service on an International Jury (see RRS Appendix M, International Juries).

 The US Sailing Race Administration Director is the lead contact person with US Sailing.

Process for requesting nomination for International Judge

  • Upon request, US Sailing will forward an Application for Nomination form to the applicant and request contact information for references.
  • Applications for ISAF appointments must be sent to US Sailing by June 1 for consideration at that year's ISAF Annual Meeting.
  • US Sailing will then contact the references named in the Application for Nomination and obtain from them reference forms. While the references will be strongly encouraged to share their references with the candidates directly, confidential references will be accepted if the reference so requests.
  • The applicant has full responsibility to follow-up and ensure that US Sailing receives the completed forms.
  • Applications that are completed by July 1 (including all required reference forms) will be reviewed by the Judges Committee.
  • In addition, the Judges Committee will seek independent confirmation of the candidates capabilities and experience by contacting other judges known to have worked with the candidate.
  • The Judges Committee will forward their recommendations to the US Sailing Board of Directors for final approval.
  • For candidates receiving a US Sailing nomination, US Sailing will forward a letter of nomination on behlaf of the candidate to ISAF.