btw anything Jeff calls a policy is something he likes to do routinely that some people might object to, so his line of defense is "it's Class policy". Haven't looked at an ILCA Handbook recently, but I don't recall there being a list of Class Policies in there. They seem to be entirely discretionary. Curious, huh?
On the next page under MASTERS policy it specifically says that women may sail in the Standard rig fleets at Masters Worlds but will only be eligible for age category prizes.
Now maybe Mr Martin produces this handbook. But I have to assume that because these policies are in the handbook they have the tacit approval at least of the World Council. You might disagree with these policies but I think you have to accept that they have a stronger status than just "something Jeff likes to do".