All US Sailing championships or qualifiers are given a level of Grade 1, Grade 2 or Grade 3 and shall state in their Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions as to which Grade(s) that event will be governed by.
Grade 1: Private/team coaching is permitted; coach and support boats permitted.(see section below for specifics)
Grade 2: US Sailing–supplied coaching; support boats permitted. No private coaching.
Grade 3: No private/team coaching nor US Sailing-supplied coaches; support boats only if permitted in the NOR .
Definition of terms
Professional Certification: coaches should provide proof of current First Aid, CPR and US Sailing Level 3 certification or its equivalent from another NGB. Level 3 is certification for a professional coach. Level 1 or basic instructor training is not accepted for these events.
A support boat is defined as a vessel in which interested party (parties ) reside(s) while on the water and who have direct ties to a competitor or group of competitors.
A coach boat is defined as a vessel in which a coach (or coaches) reside(s) while on the water and who have direct ties to a competitor or group of competitors.
A platform is defined as a stationary flotation area which has been provided by the Organizing Authority located near to the racing area.
Competitors are free to sail up to the venue between races but must be out of the coaching box (to be defined by the event SI’s) from the time of the preparatory signal for the first fleet to start until all boats have finished or the race committee signals an abandonment.
What must private coaches provide to get on the water credentials?
a. All coaches, and/or support personnel shall register by the deadline stated in the Notice of Race or if no deadline is issued, before 1700hrs on the day of registration at the host venue.
At the finals level,coaches should provide proof of current First Aid, CPR and US Sailing Level 3 certification or its equivalent from another NGB. Foreign coaches will need to provide proof of insurance in the United States.
Note: US Sailing certified Level 3 coaches have $10 million in insurance coverage provided their certification is up to date.
b. Any coach and/or support personnel who does not have current First Aid and CPR and/or has neither US Sailing- Level 3 certification nor its equivalent from another National Governing Body) may be provided a fixed venue on the water.
What is permitted in a Grade 1 coaching event
1. Except when rendering assistance to a boat in danger at that boat’s request, or at the request of the race committee, authorized coaches and other support personnel shall stay at least 100 meters outside areas where boats are racing or as indicated by the race committee, from the time of the preparatory signal for the first fleet to start until all boats have finished or the race committee signals an abandonment. Spectators shall stay at least 300 meters outside areas where boats are racing.
a. All coach and support boats must have a working VHF radio and monitor the RC channel.
b. The PRO may release the coach boats onto the race course at his/her discretion i.e. after a general recall, postponement or if safety needs dictate it.
c. Support boats are not allowed on the race course until all boats have finished or unless released by the PRO.
d. If the PRO, RC or Judges see that a coach or support boat (as defined to include all on board) violate this policy, the following actions will occur:
i. Violation #1: The coach/ support boat will be given a warning by the RC/PRO.
ii. Violation #2: The coach/support boat occupants without exception will be restricted to being on the authorized platform. In the event there is not an authorized platform, the coach/ support boat will be required to anchor at a specific location and not move from it during each race.
iii. Violation #3: The coach/support boat occupants without exception will be banned from the racing area for the duration of the event and must turn in the identification flag.
e. The RC may lodge a protest against all of the boats identified as being associated with this support boat. A penalty given to an associated boat will be considered a breach of Rule 2, Fair Sailing and the penalty will be at the discretion of the Protest Committee.
2. Authorized coach/ support boats shall be marked with a numbered or colored identification flag, provided by the organizing authority at registration.
Support boat drivers must have First Aid/CPR and insurance and must have a working VHF radio and monitor the RC channel. This is for the protection of all because by being on the water during the event, you are also agreeing to act as a rescue boat if needed for the sailors closest to you at the time the call goes out