World Sailing No Longer Accepting Digital-8
Important Message from World Sailing:
World Sailing has recently announced that Digital-8 lettering and numbering will No longer be accepted in competition. All digital-8 numbers are legible one by one however when applied to both sides of the sail becomes confusing for race committee to distinguish certain numbers such as 2 and 5.
Visual explanation here:
What does this mean for you?
- If you plan on competing in international events from 2016 onwards if your sail has computer-8 style or national letters from an unacceptable format they will not be accepted if certified after April 30th, 2016
- For all other events from 2016 onwards sails with square computer-8 style numbers and/or national letters from an unacceptable format will not be accepted if certified after August 15th, 2016
- So if your sail has been certified with computer style digital-8 before these dates you will be grandfathered in
As shown on ILCA:
ISAF rules of sailing Appendix G1.2 specifies that national letters shall be clearly legible and of the same colour. Commercially available typefaces giving the same or better legibilty than Helvetica are acceptable.
Letters that cannot be constructed from digital eights are A,B,D,K,M,N,V,W,X,Y,Z
The Club 420 Association is in accordance with ISAF rules of sailing Appendix G1.2 as well