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HYSA Code of Ethics
& Sportsmanship

"You haven't won the race if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors."

Paul Elvstrom (four times Olympic Gold Medalist in the Finn Dinghy)

  • Apply the Corinthian values and traditions of fair sportsmanship to all aspects of sailing.

  • Treat other persons and their property as you know they should be treated, and as you wish them to treat you and your property.

  • Regard the racing rules as agreements, the spirit or letter of which you should not evade or break.

  • Be gracious in both victory and defeat.

  • Be cooperative and respectful. Remember that your actions on and off the water reflect on you and your sailing organization.

Guidelines for all Participants in HYSA Events

Sailors Should Always

  • Follow the HYSA Code of Ethics. Know and abide by the racing rules.

  • Obey regatta and housing rules and regulations.

  • Be aware of and follow Lost and Found procedures.

  • Help and encourage others - cooperate and assist others.

  • Be polite on and off the water to race officials and other sailors. 

  • Thank the Race Committees and other members of the host club.

Sailors Should Never

  • Swear at, intimidate, or harass anyone including teammates on or off the water.

  • Borrow, without permission, anything that does not belong to them.

  • Use controlled substances.

Instructors Should Always

  • Follow and promote the HYSA Code of Ethics.

  • Be aware of their enormous influence on the sailors in their charge and strive to model the highest ethical and moral conduct.

  • Place winning in the context of sportsmanship and fair play.

  • Take an active role in the prevention of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.

  • Be always aware of their responsibility for the supervision and welfare of the sailors in their charge, including away regattas.

  • Be thoroughly acquainted with the racing rules, encourage adherence to the rules, and teach not only the rules, but also the procedures to be followed at a protest hearing.

  • Assist all sailors to develop to their fullest potential.

  • Encourage their sailors to be organized, to be responsible for their equipment, to respect the property of others and to follow lost and found procedures.

Parents Should Always

  • Support and promote the HYSA Code of Ethics.

  • Place winning in the context of sportsmanship and fair play.

  • As spectators, manage their motorboats properly - no wake, no windage. Remember that any coaching during a race is prohibited. Show respect for race officials and regatta rules.

  • Understand that alcohol and illegal drugs have no place at any junior sailing event.

  • Model supportive and ethical behavior to the junior sailors.

Race Committes & Organizers Should Always

  • Support the HYSA Code of Ethics.

  • Recognize that junior sailing regattas are intended to be fun, educational, and user-friendly events.

  • Encourage adherence to the racing rules.

  • Establish and enforce guidelines for spectator boats.

  • Establish and publicize Lost and Found procedures.

  • Understand that alcohol and illegal drugs have no place at any junior sailing event.

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