This was NOT accepted by the 2014 Plenary
Barney Townsend - GBR alternate delegate
The title of champion shall be awarded only if there have been at least 6 separate valid tasks in the class and at least one task of each type (navigation, economy, precision) has been valid.
S10 ANNEX 3, 1.8.2
The title of Champion in any class shall be awarded only if there have been at least 6 separate tasks.
With the huge amount of time and investment put into any championship by all concerned, it would be a disaster for it not to be validated, as it was in 2004 in Portugal. In 2011, both the PG and the HG Worlds only had two tasks each and the PG Accuracy Worlds only 4 tasks. All were validated. There is nothing to gain having the current rule, but a lot to lose.
In the event of poor weather forecast, a Competition Director is under great pressure to get his championship validated and may end up setting inappropriate or non-meaningful tasks. Even worse, he may start tasks in unsafe conditions. It was clear during certain briefings at the WPC 2014 that the Director’s main priority was to meet the requirement for 6 tasks under the existing rules, and in pursuit of this we had slalom tasks set in unsuitably windy conditions, and a thermalling task set at the end of the afternoon when most thermic activity had died off. This has been proposed by the UK several times before, and we feel that the WPC2014 reinforced the need for this amendment.