All championships and their qualifiers shall state in the notice of race and the sailing instructions which Grade that event will be governed by. See definition of terms below.
Grade 1: Private/team coaching is permitted. See definition of terms below. US Sailing may also supply coaches who will be available to all competitors. See coaching level requirements below. There are no exceptions to this requirement. NOTE: Effective January, 2016, Level 3 will be required at all championships and their qualifiers.
Grade 2: A US Sailing coach will be supplied. No private/team coaching is permitted. No private/team spectator boats unless permitted in the NOR. The OA may arrange for spectator boats.
Grade 3: No private/team coaching nor US Sailing-supplied coaches. Private/team spectator boats only if permitted in the NOR. The OA may arrange for spectator boats.