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9 LEARNING 9 National Judges Programme

National Judges
Programme

The Hong Kong National 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).

Training

The HKSF programme provides for two levels of qualification, Club Judge (CO) and National Judge (NO).

Occasionally the HKSF also host World Sailing Seminars and Clinics for race officers, including National Judges.

    There are two progressive courses within the HKSF Judge Program.   

    HKSF National Judges Scheme (PDF) 

    Club Judges

    The Club Judge training is aimed at educating HKSF members in the basics to conduct consistent procedure and fair protest hearings at a club level. This entry level course equips new Club Judges to be members of a race Protest Committee and conduct club level protest hearings and arbitration at local sailing events.

     

    Qualification as a Club Judge


    To be appointed as an CJ, a candidate should:

    Be a member of HKSF

    Have completed the HKSF Club Judge or National Judge seminar, or an IJ seminar package, conducted by a suitably experienced person. The instructor of the course attended would be required to confirm that the attendee had successfully completed the course.

    Have in the 24 months prior to application sat on protest committees at 4 qualifying events* in Hong Kong during which they heard a minimum of 4 valid protests, including at least one national protest committee** in Hong Kong or overseas which heard at least one valid protest which is chaired by the candidate.

    Have their performance when sitting on a national protest committee assessed by the Chairman as being of the level expected of a CJ.

    A person who has passed the written test but not yet obtained the experience required in 3) or 4) above may be qualified as a Provisional Club Judge (PCJ)

    National Judges 

    National Judges are qualified to chair protest committees at Hong Kong National events, or major club events. 

    National Judges are also qualified to assess the performance of Club Judges and expected to help in the development of their judging skills.

    Qualification as a National Judge


    To be appointed as an NJ, a candidate should:

    Be a member of HKSF

    Have completed an World Sailing National IJ clinic or IJ seminar, or attended a seminar based on the World Sailing IJ seminar package, conducted by a suitably experienced person (such a seminar to be approved by the HKSF J&U committee in advance) or have attended the HKSF National Judge training seminar. Unless judging Rule 42 is included in such a seminar, have attended an HKSF approved seminar on that subject.

    The course instructor of the course attended would be required to confirm that the attendee had successfully completed the course.

    Pass an approved written test to demonstrate rules knowledge at the required level.

    Demonstrate to the satisfaction of the course instructor or another IJ that his/her on the water Rule 42 judging is at the level expected from an NJ

    Have in the 24 months prior to application sat on protest committees at 8 qualifying events* in Hong Kong during which they heard a minimum of 8 valid protests,

    Have sat on at least one International Jury in Hong Kong or overseas which heard at least one valid protest chaired by the candidate and have had their performance in that hearing assessed by the Jury Chairman as being at the level expected of an NJ, or have achieved the passmark for part 2 of the examination following the World Sailing NJ Course.

    A person who has passed the written test but not yet obtained the experience required in 5) or 6) or 7) above may be qualified as a Provisional National Judge (PNJ)

    If you are interested in supporting our sport and becoming a Judge please get in touch.

    Bi-Annual Renewal

    Club Judges

    Initial qualification is 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 qualifying events* during the prior 24 months, during which they heard at least 4 valid protests, including at least one national protest committee** in Hong Kong or overseas which heard at least one valid protest which is chaired by the candidate.

    They should also have acted as Chairman for at least one other of the protest committees they include as qualifying events.

    Details of these events, together with a report from the chairman of a national protest committee on which they have sat in the year confirming that they have performed at CJ standard must be submitted with the renewal request.

    National Judges

    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 qualifying events* during the prior 24 months, during which they heard at least 8 valid protests, including at least one International 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 the chairman of an International Jury on which they have sat in the year that they have performed at NJ standard must be submitted with the renewal request.

    It is the intention of the renewal criteria that a person seeking renewal for both Club Judge and National Judge 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 Judge & Umpire committee may modify these criteria in the light of maintaining adequate standards, and of practicality.

    *For an event to qualify it must:

    • Be organised by an HKSF Member Club or Association
    • Have issued proper NOR and SIs
    • Be properly organised, including formal entry and protest procedures

    ** National level events include national (class) championships and other major open regattas.

    List of Currently Approved National and Club Judges
    Status Name Renewal Dates
    IJ Ben Harding
    IJ Tom Sheppard
    NJ David Fan 31/12/2024
    NJ Cathy Delany-Hobbs 31/12/2024
    NJ Alain Choi Hok Lung 31/12/2024
    NJ Felix Ng 31/12/2024
    NJ Lesley Andersen 31/12/2024
    NJ Stephen Lam Yick Leung 31/12/2024
    NJ Howie Suen 31/12/2024
    PNJ Howard Yam 31/12/2024
    PNJ Vivian Ngan 31/12/2024
    PCJ Ben Chong Wing Hong 31/12/2024
    PCJ Bonnie Cheng 31/12/2024
    PCJ David Norton 31/12/2024
    PCJ Kwan Hoi Ling Michelle 31/12/2024
    PCJ Ian Fleming 31/12/2024
    PCJ Ken Ting 31/12/2024
    PCJ  Patrick Kwan 31/12/2024
    PCJ Peter Hammond 31/12/2024
    PCJ Tam Nguyen 31/12/2024
    PCJ Bridget Chan 31/12/2024
    PCJ Kenny On 31/12/2024
    PCJ Kenneth Yan Hin Wah 31/12/2024
    PCJ Wu Chun Nam Raymond 31/12/2024
    PCJ Chris Pooley 31/12/2024