Annapolis Yacht Club has a long and distinguished history of excellent race management which includes the AYC Protest Committee. AYC is proud to have a long list of internationally recognized judges who have served on this committee over the years, including Sandy Grosvenor, Joe Krolak, Jack Lynch, Gaither Scott, and Ron Ward, who was a member of the first US Sailing Judges Committee which created the judge certification program that became the model for the International Judges program.
Under the Racing Rules of Sailing, a protest committee is appointed for every regatta, either by the organizing authority, which is usually the Annapolis Yacht Club, or by the race committee. The number of judges or umpires serving the event is determined by the type and size of the event, and the AYC Protest Committee is the primary source for those race officials. Our jobs extend beyond hearing protests or umpiring races. We also provide support for the race committee and help sailors apply the rules.
All Annapolis Yacht Club Protest Committee members are experienced racing sailors. Most are trained and certified by US Sailing, while others have a good knowledge of the racing rules and are working toward US Sailing certification. AYC judges and umpires have served in the America's Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, the Olympic Games, and many world championships