Appeals

No Appeal (Rule 70.5) Procedures


US Sailing’s Prescription to rule 70.5(a) requires approval if the right of appeal is to be denied when “it is essential to determine promptly the result of a race that will qualify a boat to compete in a later stage of an event or a subsequent event.”

The document below discusses the process by which US Sailing’s permission may be granted and the requirements an Organizing Authority and Protest Committee must comply with in order to balance the need for certainty of results while protecting competitors’ rights as much as possible.

Rule 70.5 No-Appeal Procedures

No-Appeal Event Application

Procedure for Reopening a Hearing at a “No Appeal” US Sailing Championship Qualifier

The document below discusses the language that must be in the Sailing Instructions and Notice of Race of all qualifiers for US Sailing Championships. This will apply to all protests and requests for redress involving those sailors moving on, not just those sailing for the finals because any party can be a party to a protest. (In other words, a sailor who is not sailing for the championship qualifier protesting against someone who is because it could change the results.)

Reopening Procedure for Championship Qualifiers

For more information, please email the Race Administration Director or call 1-800-877-2451.

Approved No-Appeal Events under Rule 70.5(a)

The following events have been granted permission by US Sailing to deny the right of appeal under rule 70.5(a):

2020 Optimist Team Trials - April 19-26, 2020

Venue: Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, TX
US Sailing contact: NA

2020 Baldwin Cup Team Race - April 2-4, 2020

Venue: Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Newport Beach, CA
US Sailing contact: Joe Krolak - IJ

2019 Optimist Southeast Championship - October 11-14, 2019

Venue: Camp Sea Gull, Arapahoe, NC
US Sailing contact: Jim Capron - IJ

2019 North American Star Class Championship - September 9-14, 2019

Venue: Toms River Yacht Club, Toms River, NJ
US Sailing contact: NA

2019 INSA Junior Sabot National Championship (Qualifying Series) - August 5-8, 2019

Venue: Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Newport Beach, CA
US Sailing contact: Bruce Cook - IJ, IU

2019 Optimist National Championship - July 24-28, 2019

Venue: Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
US Sailing contact: Stephen Wrigley - IJ, IU

2019 Optimist Team Race National Championship - July 20-23, 2019

Venue: Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
US Sailing contact: Sandy Grosvenor - IJ, IU, IRO

2019 Thistle National Championship (Qualifying Series) - July 19-26, 2019

Venue: Sandpoint Sailing Association, Sandpoint, ID
US Sailing contact: Don Becker - IJ, IU

2019 ILYA Junior Championship (Qualifying Series) - July 14-18, 2019

Venue: Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, Put-in-Bay, OH
US Sailing contact: Sandy Grosvenor - IJ, IU, IRO


Blanket Permission Events Under Rule 70.5

All events hosted by, and limited to members of, the following organizations are granted blanket permission to deny the right of appeal and a waiver of the requirements concerning composition of protest committees, provided that the denial of appeal is stated in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions and is clearly posted on the official notice board:

Inter-Scholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) & Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA)


Area Qualifiers for US Sailing Championships

Additionally, Area-qualifying events for US Sailing Championships are granted blanket permission to deny the right of appeal under rule 70.5(a) and a waiver of the requirements concerning composition of protest committees as required by US Sailing’s No-Appeal process, provided that: 1) the denial of appeal is stated in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, 2) the US Sailing Championship Re-Opening Procedure requirements are met, and 3) the requirements for appointment of race officials in US Sailing Regulation 10 are met. However, a decision resulting from a hearing under rule 69.2 may be appealed.