Technical Commitee har besluttet at en GPS enhed skal fortolkes som en "radio reciever", og dermed er den forbudt at bruge under kapsejladser udskrevet efter "Championship Rules" (Dvs. VM, EM og andre continental mesterskaber).
Se brev fra den internationale klasse presidenten nedenfor.
Further to what decided during the last WGM in Denmark (Point 9 B), a Technical Commitee, chaired by Greame Harbour has started his work.
The first issue was if, according to IACA Championship Rules,
16. RADIO COMMUNICATIONS
No transmitting equipment, radio receivers and portable phones shall be carried on board of any competingboat.
a GPS may be considered or not a radio receiver.
In my opinion the issue has been debated and a solution has been found in 2007, when the wording of rule 16 has been changed after a positive vote from all National Associations.
However, the Technical Commitee reviewed all documents and after an open discussion found that
"The Technical Committee following a request from Australian President Ian Johnson has given an interpretation of what it believes a GPS unit is and in our opinion a GPS is a radio receiver and hence not allowable under our present Rule 16".
I kindly ask you all to inform all members about the new situation in order to avoid protests during next races.
On the other hand, I've information that there is no clear will to exclude GPS from competition. That's why I kindly ask you to report to me any requests for changing the actual rule 16 according to our Constitution
International A Class Association
Stefano Sirri - President
Klassen har tidligere spurgt ISAF til råds, og i deres tolkning er GPS ikke forbudt, da det er et signal der er tilgængeligt for alle. Men IACA's tekniske kommite har vurderet det anderledes - og det er de i deres gode ret til. GPS er forbudt i mange klasser.
Hvis i mener vi skal tage diskussionen op med IACA, så kom venligst med jeres kommentar på forum.