US Sailing Judges Program Qualifications 2013-2016 (revised 17 Sept 2013)
The US Sailing Judges Program was developed in 1977 to improve the quality, consistency and fairness of judging and the administration of the rules. US Sailing invited experienced sailors who were willing to serve on protest committees and appeals committees to submit their qualifications for review. Since then, more than 600 applicants have been named US Sailing Club Judges, Judges, and Senior Judges.
The Judges program provides qualified judges for sailors and race organizers nationally. Judges are required to attend seminars and pass a test for their certification level every four years. The US Sailing judge program is constantly upgrading the level of knowledge and skills of its officials in order to stay current with the Racing Rules of Sailing published every four years.
A Regional Administrative Judge (RAJ) is appointed in each of US Sailing’s 11 geographic areas by the Board of Directors to assist area race organizers in staffing protest committees, to oversee the screening, training and approval of candidates new candidates as well as evaluating and certifying requests for renewal.