National & Club
The Hong Kong National & Club Judges Programme provides a framework for individuals wishing to develop their protest committee skills. It is intended that this will not only ensure a supply of properly qualified protest committee members for Hong Kong events, but allow people interested in becoming International Judges to present a qualification which will help them in attending International Juries overseas, and qualifying as IJs.
What do Judges do?
At the core of sailing competition is the Racing Rules of Sailing which all participants abide by. The Judges role is to offer a range of services (related to these rules) to competitors and organising authorities. These including the hearing of protests and requests for redress, appeals, equipment compliance, and on-water judging (watching for rule infringements).
There are two progressive courses within the HKSF Judge Program. Occasionally the HKSF also host World Sailing Seminars and Clinics for race officers, including National Judges.
If you are interested in supporting our sport and becoming a Judge please get in touch.
Initial qualification would be for a period of 24 months.
To renew their qualification a CJ would be required to sit on the protest committee for at least 4 CJ qualifying events** including at least one NJ qualifying events during the prior 24 months, during which they heard at least 4 valid protests, with at least two chaired by the candidate.
Details of these events, together with a report from an NJ or IJ of an NJ qualifying event on which they have sat in the year confirming that they have performed at CJ standard must be submitted with the renewal request to [email protected] before the expiry of their judge status.
Initial qualification is for a period of 24 months.
To renew their qualification an NJ would be required to sit on the protest committee for at least 8 NJ qualifying events* during the prior 24 months, during which they heard at least 8 valid protests, including at least one National Jury which heard at least one valid protest chaired by the candidate.
They should also have acted as Chairman for at least two of the protest committees they include as qualifying events.
Details of these events, together with a report from an IJ of an International or National Jury on which they have sat in the year that they have performed at NJ standard must be submitted with the renewal request to [email protected] before the expiry of their judge status.
It is the intention of the renewal criteria that a person seeking renewal should be able to demonstrate that they have been active in judging at an adequate level during the year. Based on experience in operating the scheme, the HKSF J&U committee may modify these criteria in the light of maintaining adequate standards and of practicality.
**For a CJ qualifying event, it must:
Be organized by an HKSF Member Club or Association Have issued proper NOR and SIs
Be properly organized, including formal entry and protest procedures
*NJ qualifying events include the following:
a) Southside Regatta (ABC)
b) HK Race Week (RHKYC)
c) Open Dinghy Regatta (HHYC)
d) HKODA Nationals
e) HKLCA Nationals
f) Regattas with International Juries
g) Keel boat regattas with over 30 entries
h) L1, L2 & L3 events stated in Race Official Roles, Qualifications and Competences (World Sailing)
i) Delivering one CJ course will be counted as one qualifying event
j) Other NJ qualifying events shall be subjected to approval by J&U Committee.
Junior Learning Resources
HKSF Development Squad Training Program (1st Block)