apply to events used to determine the distribution of Worlds
– A regatta, series
or circuit or other such competition.
Eligible helmsperson –
A paid Class Member
who has met all the requirements of registration in an event.
In accordance with IJCA Regatta Standard P.3 an eligible
helmsperson must be a registered Class Member in the District,
Region, or country in which the event is held. A previously
qualified helmsperson that meets the other criteria of being
eligible, is considered an eligible helmsperson.
1. For events that are used to allocate an available
Worlds berth, the winner (helmsperson) of the event, as
determined by the final scoring, will be awarded a berth
to the J/24 World Championship.
2. Pass-down Rule – If the
winner is unable or unwilling to attend the Worlds or has
previously qualified for the Worlds, the berth will be passed
down to the next eligible helmsperson as determined by the
final results. This pass-down will continue among the top
10% or top 3 (whichever is greater) eligible helmspersons
until the berth is filled. 10% is figured by dividing by
10 and rounding down.
Example: Forty (40) boats enter a
District Championship regatta. Twenty-seven (27) helmspersons
are from the District that is hosting the event (designated
“H”) and are considered eligible boats, and
thirteen (13) are from other Districts (designated “O”)
and considered ineligible. The final results are as follows:
First Place – O
Second Place – H
Third Place – O
Fourth Place – O
Fifth Place – H
Sixth Place – H
In this example the first place boat
is not eligible since it is from out of the District. The
berth would then be awarded to the second place boat since
it is the top eligible boat. If the second place boat is
unable to attend the Worlds or is previously qualified,
the berth will be passed down to the second place eligible
helmsperson (in this case the fifth place boat.) If that
person is unable to attend the Worlds or is previously qualified,
the berth would pass down to the 6th place finisher being
in the top-three eligible helmspersons. This berth could
not pass down again as any further pass down would put the
berth outside the top 10% or top three eligible helmspersons.
If this berth could not be filled by the pass down rule
it would remain unfilled and would be allocated by the rules
3. For the purposes of Rule 2
(Pass-down Rule) once a helmsperson is awarded
a berth to a World Championship, that person will be considered
to be "previously qualified" and ineligible for
other berths that may be available either at that qualifying
event or at other qualifying events for that World Championship.
4. In the event that more than
one berth is being awarded at a single event, the berths
shall be allocated in the following order: District berths
first, followed the Regional berths, followed by the National
berths, followed by the Continental berths.
Example: Lake Blue Water is hosting
a regatta that will act as the District Championships and
the Regional Championships all in one. Two Worlds berths
are available at the event; the District Berth and the Regional
Berth. Boats travel from within the District and also come
from other Districts in the Region. The winner of the event
is from within the host District and normally sails on Lake
Blue Water. The second place boat traveled 500 miles from
a neighboring District in the same region. The first place
boat would get the District berth and the second place boat
would get the Regional Berth. Pass-downs would be determined
by using the previously stated rules.
5. Distribution of Unfilled Berths
5.1. Qualifying for Worlds held on the North American
Continent – In the event that a berth is unable to
be filled using the rules stated above, that berth would
be distributed based on the results from a regatta, series
or ranking system determined by the U.S. J/24 Class Board
of Governors at the Annual Meeting. In the case that there
is no Annual Meeting or that the Board of Governors does
not specify a regatta, series or ranking system, the results
of the U.S. National Championship in the year preceding
the World Championship will be used to distribute any unfilled
berths. Available berths will be passed down the final standings
to eligible helmspersons until all the berths are filled.
For the 2013 World Championship in Howth, Ireland, the results
of the 2012
U.S. National Championship will be used to distribute
any unfilled berths. If you want to sail in the 2013 Worlds,
it would be very wise to go to the 2012 Nationals.
5.2. Qualifying for Worlds held
outside of North America – In the event that a berth
is unable to be filled using the rules stated above, that
berth would be distributed based on a petition submitted
to the U.S. Executive Committee and voted upon by that group.
6. Dispute Resolution
– Any dispute or challenge arising from the
above stated rules will be resolved by a vote of the Board
of Governors and the U.S. Executive Committee of record
whose decision in such matters will be final. Challenges
of this nature will only be accepted for consideration if
submitted in writing to the USJCA Executive Director of
record within ten (10) days after the completion of the
event in question.