Certify the Sail Maker, Not the Sails !!

Around 3 AGM’s ago I recall a discussion that ISAF was going to certify our sailmakers so that we, the owners, did not have to go to the fag of measuring in new sails each time we buy some….

I was gazing (longingly) at a new P&B spinnaker yesterday and noticed that it had two labels on it.  It was of course proudly bearing the P&B logo, but at the head was a little ISAF label.  It said “ISAF In House Certification” and bears a 5 digit serial number. It was also signed and dated by, I guess, the sailmaker.

Perhaps someone from P&B can leave a little explanation as to how all this works in the comments section for this blog item??

Well, this is brilliant news!!  It might put a glum face on our Club Fleet Measurer who will no longer have that huge fee income – albeit terrifyingly liquid as a rule!!  This is a great step forward and presumably someone somewhere is watching the number of suits per year and all that??

I assume it means a little ISAF fee on each sail too – in lieu of liquid fees to the Vice Commodore of Measuring.  If I recall correctly, the Dragons also somehow filter some of that ISAF fee back to Class Associations as a little bit of income.  That really focusses the mind – I have long believed the correct way to describe the BIFFA ‘mission’ is to say Get More People Sailing Flying Fifteens More Often.   So the more we sail our boats, the more sails we consume, and the more association income increases. A lovely little virtuous circle….

More on Self Certifying Sailmakers…..!!

The In-House Equipment Certification


With the advent of the use of computers to control the cutting of sail cloth, the variations in sails has become less and less, and so “self certification” of production quality can be viable. The sailmakers have a vested interest in ensuring the constancy of sail construction. The forward plan would be that sails would come “pre-measured”, and all a “maintenance” measurer would just keep the measurement certificate and the sail endorsement up to date. The RYA website has these details: http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/Pages/IHC.aspx  and the onwards link to the international classes that are signed up : http://www.sailing.org/ihc/classes.php


Phil Tinsley