20. ADVERTISING CODE
Definition of Advertising
20.1 For the purposes of this code, advertising is the name,
logo, slogan, description, depiction, a variation or distortion thereof, or any
other form of communication that promotes an organization, person, product, service,
brand or idea so as to call attention to it or to persuade persons or organizations
to buy, approve or otherwise support it.
20.2 Advertising shall not be displayed on a boat, except as
required or permitted by the ISAF Advertising Code. A competitor shall not display
advertising of a political nature on a boat, equipment, clothing, or other object
at an event.
20.2.1 Advertisements and anything advertised shall meet generally
accepted moral and ethical standards.
20.2.2 Advertisements on sails shall be clearly separated from
national letters and sail numbers.
20.2.3 The ISAF Advertising Code does not apply at the Olympic
Regatta, at which the International Olympic Committee charter applies.
20.3 The following types of advertising are permitted or required as
stated and apply at all times:
(a) Boats and Sailboards
The class insignia shall be displayed on her sails as required by RRS Appendix
One sailmaker's mark, which may include the name or mark of the sailcloth manufacturer
and the pattern or model of the sail, may be displayed on both sides of any sail
and shall fit within a 150mm x 150mm square. On sails, other than spinnakers,
no part of such mark shall be placed farther from the tack point than the greater
of 300mm or 15% of the length of the foot;
One sailmaker’s mark, which may include the name or mark of the sailcloth
manufacturer and the pattern or model of the sail, may be displayed on both sides
of the sail and shall fit within a 150mm x 150mm square. No part of such mark
shall be placed farther from the tack point than 20% of the length of the foot
of the sail, including the mast sleeve. The mark may also be displayed on the
lower half of the part of the sail above the wishbone (boom) but no part of it
shall be farther than 500mm from the clew point;
One builder's mark, which may include the name or mark of the designer, may be
placed on each side of the hull, and one maker's mark may be displayed on each
side on spars and on each side of other equipment. Such marks shall fit within
a 150mm x 150mm square;
Any number of manufacturers' names or logos may be placed on the board (hull)
and in two places on the upper third of the part of the sail above the wishbone
(boom). One maker’s mark may be displayed each side on spars, and on each
side of any other equipment;
The forward part of the hull on each side of all participating boats in an event
shall only display advertising chosen and required to be displayed by that event
organizer as follows:
- for boats under 6.5 metres, 25% of the hull length, and
- for boats over 6.5 metres, 20% of the hull length
excluding bow numbers. If such advertising is required, it shall be so stated
in the Notice of Race. If advertising is for alcohol or tobacco, the word "may"
instead of "shall" applies;
There shall be no reserved hull space on sailboards for event organizers. The
organizing authority of a sponsored event may permit or require the display of
an advertisement of the event on both sides of the sail between the sail numbers
and the wishbone (boom), on both sides of the sail aft of the foot median and
on a bib worn by the competitors;
competitors may display advertising on clothing and personal equipment without
20.3.1 In addition to 20.3, additional advertising chosen by
the individual boat may be displayed in the following categories:
(a) Category A
No additional advertising.
(b) Category C
Advertising is permitted as per Category A, and in addition on hulls, spars and
sails without restriction except the space reserved for identification by Appendix
G and under section 20.3(b)(i), 20.3(c)(i) and 20.3(d)(i).
20.3.2 When equipment is supplied by the event’s organizing
authority, Category C advertising on the supplied equipment is available to the
organizing authority. Where a bib, or its equivalent, is supplied at an event,
it may be worn at the absolute discretion of the individual competitor.
All Classes (except when participating in events listed in Regulation
20.6.1) - ISAF and Non- ISAF Status, National Classes
20.4 The right to choose Category A or C applies to all ISAF Classes,
except Olympic Classes which shall be unrestricted Category C.
(a) The Class Associations of ISAF Classes may decide the advertising category
to be applied to their class to be either A or C. If the Class Association makes
no ruling, Category A shall apply;
(b) The Class Associations of Non-ISAF Classes (excluding National Classes referred
to in Regulation 20.4.1(c) below) may decide the advertising category to be applied
to their Class to be either A or C. If the Class Association makes no ruling,
Category A shall apply;
(c) For National Classes the National Authority of the Class decides Category
A or C. If the National Authority makes no ruling, Category A shall apply.
20.4.2 If Category C status is chosen, only the National Authority
may introduce an Individual Advertising License System to permit its competitors
to display advertising on their boats/sailboards. (A breach of a National Authority's
license system is not protestable under this Code).
20.4.3 For club or invitational events the organizing authority
may restrict advertising to Category A, with the approval of the National Authority
of the organizing club. Where the event includes a class that has been chosen
as equipment for the forthcoming Olympic Regatta, the limitations of Regulation
20.4.1 do not apply to that specific Olympic class, unless approved by the ISAF
20.4.4 If Category C is decided, the ISAF Classes (except for
Olympic Classes) and non-ISAF Classes (including National Classes) may decide
the maximum level of advertising. Any restrictions within Category C shall be
included in the Class Rules and subject to a recommendation by the ISAF Executive
Committee and ISAF Council’s approval.
Olympic Classes cannot restrict Category C in any way.
20.4.5 Except as provided by Regulations 20.3 and 20.3.2 the
right to have any or all advertising on the hulls, sails and spars shall be solely
the right of and at the direction of the competitor provided that such right may
be contracted or assigned to others at the competitor's discretion.
Handicapping Systems and Rating Rules
20.5 The National Authority of a competitor in respect of the
boat in which the competitor is competing, may decide the advertising category
to be applied to boats racing under a handicap/measurement system to be either
A or C. If Category C is decided, the said competitor’s National Authority
may decide the maximum level of advertising. If the National Authority makes no
ruling, Category A shall apply.
Any "Class" (see definition of Class) or individual boat racing under
a handicap/measurement system shall have its advertising category determined in
accordance with the provisions of this clause.
20.5.1 For the purposes of Regulation 20.5, the provisions of
Regulations 20.4.2, 20.4.3 and 20.4.5 shall apply.
Special Events/Events of Classes/ISAF Events
20.6 Category C applies.
20.6.1 ISAF shall administer an Event Advertising System and/or
Individual Advertising System for boats participating in the following events:
(a) Special Events
America's Cup Match and Challenger/Defender Series
Volvo Ocean Race
Global Ocean Races
IMS World Championships
Professional Windsurfers Association Events (PWA)
FICO Lacoste World Championship
(b) Events of Classes
International America's Cup Class
Maxi One Design
Open 60 Monohull Class (incorporates Open 50 Class)
Open 60 Multihull Class
49'er Grand Prix series
(c) Proposals for other Special Events and/or
class events of equal or similar status may, on the initiative of the Executive
Committee or on application by an event organizing authority (with the approval
of the relevant National Authority) be put to the Executive Committee for approval.
This approval shall be reported to the next Council Meeting.
(d) ISAF Events
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship
ISAF Sailing World Championships
ISAF Offshore Team World Championship
ISAF World Sailing Games
ISAF Match Racing World Championship
ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship
ISAF Team Racing World Championship
ISAF Women's Keelboat World Championship
.. and any other ISAF Events which may be introduced.
20.7 All boats carrying Category C advertising in line with Regulations
20.4 to 20.5.1 may be required to pay a fee only to their National Authority (no
share to ISAF or any other National Authorities).
20.7.1 All Events under Regulation 20.6.1 carrying Category C
advertising shall pay a fee to ISAF.
20.8 There shall be no variation of entry fees based on the competitor’s
category of advertising for the boat in which he is competing.
Protests under this Code
20.9 When, after finding the facts, a protest committee decides
that a boat or her crew has broken a section of this Code, it shall:
(a) give a warning; or
(b) disqualify the boat in accordance with RRS 64.1; or
(c) disqualify the boat from more than one race or from the series when it decides
that the breach warrants a stronger penalty; or
(d) act under RRS 69.1 when it decides that there may have been a gross breach.
20.10 The following definitions shall apply to this Code only:
Note: There are some definitions which are not needed in the present text of the
(a) "All Classes"
Shall include all Classes as defined below and shall include Classes which are
designated as ISAF Classes as well as Classes which are not designated as ISAF
A Class of boat/sailboard includes boats/sailboards which conform to a physical
specification intended to allow competitive racing among the Class, and without
limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes Classes with one-design, restricted,
and developmental specifications as these terms are applied generally and for
which there is an existing organization to administer the Class which has:
(i) an Executive or similar body which administers the Class;
(ii) a membership which is open to all owners of boats/sailboards which meet the
specification of the Class; and
(iii) which holds a meeting of members at least once a year, and which gives notice
of such meetings to all members;
(c) “National Class”
A National Class for the purposes of this Regulation is a class where the National
Authority has substantial authority in the direction or management of the Class;
(d) “Club or Invitational Event”
A Club event is an event that is sponsored, organized or held by a Club which
has sailing as one of its activities.
An Invitational event is one in which the participants are invited and is not
open to members of a participating class except by invitation.
(e) “Hull Length”
For the purposes of this Regulation, Hull Length is as defined in the applicable
Class rules for Hull Length or any comparable measurement less Hull Appendages
and if no means of measurement exists in the Class rules, Hull Length and Hull
Appendage shall have the meaning set out in the Equipment Rules of Sailing, D.3.1
(f) “Organizing Authority”
Shall have the definition contained in RRS 88.1;
In addition to its natural meaning, a competitor in respect of any boat shall
include any person who has the right to use the boat as owner or by charter, loan
(h) "Competitor Advertising"
In respect of any boat is advertising which is applied to a boat, its equipment
or the person or the equipment of a competitor or competitors as the condition
of or as the result of a payment made to or made as a result of the direction
of one or more of the competitors in respect of such boat;
(i) "Other Advertising"
Advertising which is not competitor advertising;
(j) "Bow Number"
An identifier assigned to a boat, usually for the duration of an event, by the
organizer which is required to be displayed on the bow of a boat which may be
a combination of numbers and letters.