Manfred Schumi (AUT)
Ruedi Christen (SUI)
Jean - Marie Thierry (FRA)
Wolfgang Rauch (AUT)
Technical Committee Representative
Christian Spranger (GER)
The class rules are on the Tempest ISAF Page and can be found by
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The title of the Association shall be the International Tempest Association.
The objects of the Association shall be:
3. Terms and Definitions
Throughout the Association Rules the following defined terms shall be used:
4. Membership and Dues
The members of the Association shall delegate jurisdiction, policy and control over all proper Class activities to the General Committee of the Association. The General Committee shall in turn delegate the administration of the Association to the Executive Committee.
5.1 The General Committee
5.2 The Executive Committee
5.3 The Technical Committee
The Executive Committee may appoint such sub-committees as it may think fit in order to assist or advise in relation to any aspect of management of the Association.
Vacancies arising in the membership of any committee or sub-committee may be filled by an appointment made by the Executive Committee.
6. Voting Procedures
6.1 At meetings of the General Committee and the Executive Committee, decisions shall be by a simple majority vote. In the event of a tie, the President shall have a casting vote.
6.2 Election of the Executive Committee shall be by those members of the General Committee present at the Annual General Meeting. The term starts with the Annual General Meeting. No President or Vice President may serve for more than four years but they may be re-elected after an interval of two years.
6.3 Changes in the Association Rules, Class Rules and Championship Rules shall be made only by International Ballot.
6.4 Changes to the Class Rules and Association Rules shall not be valid until they have been approved through International Ballot and approved by the International Sailing Federation.
7. The Annual General Meeting of the General Committee
7.1 An Annual General Meeting of the General Committee shall beheld each year at a time and place to be determined by the Executive Committee and notified to the National Associations by the Secretary. All members of the Association shall be eligible to attend the Annual General Meeting of the General Committee.
7.2 At least one month before the meeting, the Secretary shall circulate to members of the General Committee and National Association Secretaries an Agenda which shall include:
7.3 Nominations in respect of the election of the Executive Committee may be accepted at any time up to the start of the meeting provided they are submitted in writing and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate.
7.4 Proposals for items to be included in the Agenda should reach the Secretary no later than three months prior to the meeting.
7.5 Additional items may be included in the Agenda under the heading “Any Other Business” only with the consent of the Executive Committee.
8.1 The General Committee shall be finally responsible for the financial affairs of the Association.
8.2 The Executive Committee shall cause to be prepared and circulated to all National Associations an annual financial statement, duly audited.
8.3 All payments shall be made and monies received by the Treasurer (or his deputy as appointed by the Executive Committee) except that payments exceeding EUR800 shall require the signature of the President or Secretary, and the Treasurer.
9. Officers Of Honour
9.1 The General Committee may, as a mark of respect or appreciation for past services to the Association, elect any member or former member to an Office of Honour. Offices of Honour may include that of Commodore, Vice Commodore or such other title as the General Committee may at the time of election prescribe.
9.2 A member elected loan Office of Honour shall hold such office for life. Upon election to an Office of Honour he shall be deemed to have retired from any office or position previously held by him.
9.3 An Officer of Honour shall be entitled to receive notice of and to attend and to participate in the deliberations of all meetings of the General Committee, but shall not be entitled to vote.
10. National Associations
10.1 National Associations maybe formed in individual countries and shall be recognised by the Association at the discretion of the Executive Committee. They shall be autonomous.
10.2 The Executive Committee shall lay down rules or guidelines for the recognition of the National Associations.
10.3 National Associations shall be responsible to the Association for the enforcement of the Class Rules and for promoting the Objects of the Association within their national boundaries.
10.4 National Associations shall be responsible for collecting Association dues from each of their boat owners and for remitting such dues together with a list of relevant names to the Treasurer of the Association.
10.5 National Associations shall be responsible for collecting the information stipulated in the members and boats list. The list shall be sent to the Secretary of the Association no later than the end of January of each year.
10.6 National Associations shall be responsible for casting their allotted votes in the international ballot on changes in the Class, Championship and Association Rules.
11.1 The Executive Committee shall arrange an annual World Championship of the Class unless required otherwise by the International Sailing Federation.
11.2 The Executive Committee shall coordinate such regional championships as may be required and all matters pertaining to international championships shall be settled by the Executive Committee in consultation with the sponsoring club and/or relevant National Association or National Authority.
11.3 No yacht shall be permitted to race as an international Tempest unless it complies with Section B of the class rules.
12. Membership Indemnification Of Committee
In pursuance of the authority vested in the Executive Committee by members of the association, members of the Executive Committee are entitled to be indemnified by the members of the Association against any liabilities properly incurred by them or any one of them on behalf of the Association wherever the contract is of a duly authorised nature or could be assumed to be of a duly authorised nature and entered into on behalf of the Association.
If, upon the winding up or dissolution of the International Tempest Association, there remains after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed amongst the members of the International Tempest Association. The Committee shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:
1.1. A World Championship shall be arranged each year unless required otherwise by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
1.2. The Executive Committee of the International Tempest Association (ITA) is responsible for selecting a host nation for each World Championship.
1.3. The World Championship shall be arranged, conducted and judged in accordance with the current ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (ISAF RRS), the Notice of Race of the host National Authority and these World Championship Rules.
2. Trophies and Prizes
2.1. The World Championship Trophy and other donated trophies are the property of the ITA and shall be awarded to the helmsmen and/or crews of the appropriate yachts upon its satisfaction that the event has been conducted in accordance with the provisions of rule1.3.
2.2. Each trophy shall be retained by the winner until the next Championship takes place. The winner shall be responsible for engraving and returning the trophy to the ITA before the start of the following Championship.
2.3. When prizes are presented by the host club, they shall be of equal value for both helmsman and crew.
3. Eligibility and Entries
3.2. One member of the crew of each yacht must have been a resident and/or citizen of the country from which it is entered for the six months preceding the first race. One member of the crew must also be a member in good standing of the ITA.
3.3. The Executive Committee of the ITA may impose entry limitations for the purpose of maintaining a 60 yacht maximum for the Championship. Any limitation so imposed shall take into consideration the number of paid up members in a country and the performance standard of the entrant.
3.4. Notwithstanding rule 3.3, the current champion shall always have the right to defend his title without having to qualify and without his entry affecting the number of yachts his country is permitted to enter.
4.2. Final decision concerning interpretation of the Class Rules shall rest with the Jury.
5.1. The ITA and its approved measurer shall be responsible for the event measurement program.
5.2. Measurement shall be taken under the current ISAF Measurement Instructions except where varied by the Class Rules.
5.3. The measurer at the Championship shall measure neither yachts nor sails owned or built or made by him.
5.4. For each measured yacht, any deviation from the dimensions or from the tolerances stated in the Class Rules shall be reported to the Jury and the owner.
5.5. No more than two mainsails, two jibs and three spinnakers shall be measured or used.
5.6. Sails shall not be altered after they are measured. Repairs other than cosmetics shall be undertaken only with written permission of the Jury. If a sail requires major repair, the Jury may order the sail re-measured.
5.7. In the event of accidental damage, which in the opinion of the Jury cannot be adequately repaired, the Jury may authorise a spare sail to be measured and used for the remaining races of the championship and the damaged sail shall then be deposited with the Race Committee for the duration of the Championship.
6. Sailing Instructions
6.1. The Sailing Instructions shall conform to the Championship Sailing Instructions (see Appendix) unless otherwise authorised by the ITA and shall be approved in writing by the ITA.
6.2. Prescriptions of the host National Authority shall be published together with the Sailing Instructions.
7.1. Alterations to the
Championship Rules shall be made by International Ballot in accordance
with Association Rule 6.3, except that the Championship Sailing
Instructions may be changed to confirm to revisions of the ISAF RRS.
APPENDIX - CHAMPIONSHIP SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
The following shall be part of the Notice of Race:
International Tempest World Championship 20.. (Insert year); dates: start of measurement, reserve day; name, city and country of the organising authority.
The Championship will be governed by the latest edition of the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (ISAF RRS), the prescriptions of the host National Authority, the ITA Class and Championship Rules and by these sailing instructions.
Eligible yachts may be entered by completing registration with the organising authority.
3. Notices to Competitors
Notices to competitors will be posted on the Regatta Notice Board(s) located at (insert location).
4. Changes in Sailing Instructions
Any change in the sailing instructions will be posted before (insert time) on the day it will take effect. When possible, any change in the schedule of races will be posted (insert time) on the day before it will take effect.
5. Signals made ashore
Signals made ashore will be made according the Sailing Instructions and/or notices on the Regatta Notice Board.
6.1 The low point scoring system ISAF RRS appendix A will apply.
6.2 Four races are required to be completed to constitute a series.
6.3 When fewer than five races have been completed, a boats series score will be the total of her race scores.
6.4 When from five to seven races have been completed, a boats series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
6.5 When eight or more races have been completed, a boats series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst two scores.
7. Schedule of Races
7.1 The competitors will be informed of the schedule of races on the day prior to the first race day.
7.2 A maximum of nine races may be scheduled.
7.3 The maximum number of races scheduled per day will be two.
7.4 If four races have not been completed within five days, a reserve day will be used to complete the series.
Exception: after the first day, three races may be sailed in one day if in the opinion of the race committee it is necessary to do so in order to complete the schedule of races.
8. Racing Area
9. The Course
9.2. No later than the warning signal the race committee signal boat will display the approximate compass bearing from the starting line to Mark 1.
9.3. The course will not be shortened before the starting signal. After the starting signal the course can be shortened.
10.1. The course marks will be (insert description).
10.2. The port end starting mark and the finishing mark will be (insert description). The port end starting and finishing marks can also be marks 1 or 3.
11. The Start
11.1. Races will be started in accordance with ISAF RRS, Rule 26. The warning signal will be Code Flag “T” (Tempest flag).
11.2. The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on a race committee boat at the starboard end and the port end starting mark.
11.3. Any yacht shall not start later than ten minutes after her starting signal.
12. The Finish
The Finishing Line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the finishing mark at the starboard end and the port end finishing mark.
13. Time Limits
13.1. The minimum target time for each race is 60 minutes and the maximum target time 120 minutes.
13.2. If no boat has rounded the first mark within 30 minutes, the race will be abandoned.
13.3. The time limit for the first yacht to finish is 150 minutes.
14.1. The protest time limit is 60 minutes after the last boat has entered the harbour after the last race of the day.
14.2. Protest forms will be available at the Race committee office and shall comply to ISAF RRS, Rule 61.2.
14.3. Decisions of the Jury will be final in accordance with ISAF RRS, Rule 3.
15. Alternative Penalties
According to ISAF Racing Rules 44.1, 44.2. and 44.4.
16. Haul-out Restrictions
All yachts shall be afloat before
(insert date and time) and shall not be hauled out except with and
according to the terms of prior written permission of the Jury.
17. Substitute Competitors
Substitute competitors shall not be eligible to compete except with and according to prior written permission of the Jury.
7. Schedule of Races