After the Datchet Winter Racing last weekend, I was asked by a non-qualifier for the Worlds whether there would be wild card entries for this 110 boat event.
Nothing is confirmed yet, but UKFFA HQ suggested that we check out the rules – which are pretty promising in that regard.
Section 4 Reads
The World Championship shall be scheduled with racing over a period of not less than seven days and a series of not less than seven races.
There should be a series of races (open to all-comers) preceding the World Championship itself which shall count as a qualifying event (see para 7.1b)
Section 7 then says
- (b) The number of places determined in 7.1(a) shall include
(i) places granted to the previous World Champion and to the President of the host National Class Association, and one place granted to each member of the FFI Council and Council Executive in order to be able to attend the FFI Council meeting held during the World Championship.
(ii) when a qualifying event is held prior to the Championship (see para 4) there shall be 6 places for the highest placed competitors from National Associations other than that of the host country who would not otherwise have places in the Championship. Should any places under this regulation not be taken up, then they shall be added to the places available for allocation under 7.1(b)(iii).
(iii) When a qualifying event is held prior to the Championship (see para 4) there shall be 4 places for the highest placed competitors from the National Association of the host country who would not otherwise have places in the Championship. Should any places under this regulation not be taken up, then they shall be added to the places available for allocation under 7.1(b)(ii).
(iv) places for competitors entering the International Championship. The number of places under this regulation shall be determined by FFI following the close of entries and such determination may include, with the agreement of the Organising Authority and if the total number of all entries exceed the fleet size determined in 7.1(a), variation to the racing schedule of the International Championship.
You can see now why they call them “Wild”…… !
The best advice for the minute to non-qualifiers is probably to put your entry in and give it a go !