I have checked the ISAFweb site, and the following ISAF Member Nations web sites, CYA(Canada), RYA(Great Britain), US Sailing(USA), and Yachting New Zealand(YNZ)
Here is what I have found so far on the subject of Arbitration.
The CYA has a document on their web site titled "Experimental Arbitration System".
The RYA has a document titled "RYA Racing Best Practices-Rules Disputes" that is quite extensive and thorough in describing their Arbitration procedure. Also, the RYA protest form includes a check box for Arbitration under "Type of Hearing Requested".
US Sailing discusses Arbitration in Chapter 8 of their Judges Manual and has a Judges form titled "Arbitration Report".
The ISAF describes the Arbitration procedure in chaper 10 of their International Judges Manual.
Also there is an ISAF "Racing Rules Reporting Committee" "Submission # 113-03" (not dated but may be from 2003) that recommended that the Appendix 8 (now Chapter 10) of the ISAF Judges Manual become an Appendix to the RRS. Obviously that has not happened.
The New Zealand Yachting federation discusses Arbitration in their "YNZ Regulations". Interestingly though it appears that New Zealand had an Appendix "Z" for the Arbitration procedure in their 2005-2008 rule book. But for 2009-2012 it has apparently been dropped as a prescription and is now their Regulation # 4.5.5. Also, in their (YNZ) Appendix L they include a couple of suggested SI's (1.7 and 16.2) for when Arbitration will be used. I find no other ISAF member nation that has changed ISAF Appendix L.
My questions are as follows.
- Why is there no ISAF Rules Appendix that describes the Arbitration procedure? Perhaps just advisory in nature, similar to Appendix M, or simply add an Arbitration procedure to Appendix M?
- Why does the ISAF Appendix L not provide the suggested SI's and text for an SI when Arbitration will be used?
- And, is there a reader of your blog that can furnish a copy of the text of the YNZ Appendix Z that was apparently a prescription to the New Zealand rules in 2005-2008?
- Can anyone in New Zealand explain why their Appendix Z of their 2005-2008 rule book was not in the 2009-2012 New Zealand rule book and instead became Regulation 4.5.5?
I have no answers for your queries. Locally I've tried arbitration for a couple of years, but it never caught on. Only some of the events - mostly youth classes - use it, in my neck of the woods. They follow pretty much the standard as described in the Judges Manual.
If you can help Dick with his questions, please leave a comment or mail me.