National Meeting of Racing Yacht Owners

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Following discussions initiated by a number of yacht owners regarding the sport, participation, rating and handicap rules, event formats and other related issues Yachting Australia will hold a national meeting of owners and interested parties. Yachting Australia has today sent the meeting notice to all racing certificate owners and a range of other contacts.

The meeting will be held in the Freya Room at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Sydney, on Friday 27 July, from 9:00am to 12:30pm. Those owners unable to attend in person may take advantage of a dial-in facility to listen to the discussion and issues covered.

Sail-World.com is very keen to see expanded discussion on yacht racing on the Australian scene and will provide more detailed content on Monday.

The proposed agenda includes:
1. Introduction and representation to YA through the Offshore Keelboat Policy Committee
2. Special regulations and managing risk
3. Racing rules of sailing, topical issues for keelboat sailors
4. Events. Formats, nation championships
5. Rating and handicap systems. Including IRC/ORCi/HPR & PHS
6. General discussion

Speakers will include Chris Oxenbould as chair of the National Safety Committee, Matt Allen as chairman of the Offshore Keelboat Policy Committee, David Tallis, Chairman of the Racing Rules Committee and Denis Thompson, Race Director of
many of Australia’s key yachting events.

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Supporting this group will be Ross Kilborn, YA’s Director of Sport Development and Glen Stanaway, YA’s manager for Sport Services.

As your input to these topics is highly valuable to us, we invite you to attend in person or dial-in. If you have any specific issues, please let us know in advance by emailing susan.veal@yachting.org.au

To dial-in to the audio webcast, please register online via the Yachting Australia
website by visiting the National Calendar at:
http://www.yachting.org.au/event.asp?ID=46173&format=popup

Dial-in details will be provided closer to the time.
http://www.sail-world.com/97921