A boat or competitor shall give all possible help to any person or vessel in danger.
Life-Saving Equipment and Personal Flotation Devices
A boat shall carry adequate life-saving equipment for all persons on board, including one item ready for immediate use, unless her class rules make some other provision. Each competitor is individually responsible for wearing a personal flotation device adequate for the conditions.
A boat and her owner shall compete in compliance with recognized principles of sportsmanship and fair play. A boat may be penalized under this rule only if it is clearly established that these principles have been violated. The penalty shall be either disqualification or disqualification that is not excludable.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE RULES
By participating or intending to participate in a race conducted under these rules, each competitor and boat owner agrees to accept these rules.
A support person by providing support, or a parent or guardian by permitting their child to enter a race, agrees to accept the rules.
The person in charge of each boat shall ensure that all competitors in the crew and the boat’s owner are aware of their responsibilities under this rule.
This rule may be changed by a prescription of the national authority of the venue.
DECISION TO RACE
The responsibility for a boat's decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.
A competitor shall comply with the World Anti-Doping Code, the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and World Sailing Regulation 21, Anti-Doping Code. An alleged or actual breach of this rule shall be dealt with under Regulation 21. It shall not be grounds for a protest and rule 63.1 does not apply.
BETTING AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
Each competitor, boat owner and support person shall comply with World Sailing Regulation 37, Betting and Anti-Corruption Code. An alleged or actual breach of this rule shall be dealt with under Regulation 37. It shall not be grounds for a protest and rule 63.1 does not apply.
Each competitor, boat owner and support person shall comply with World Sailing Regulation 35, Disciplinary, Appeals and Review Code (referred to as ‘Disciplinary Code’ elsewhere). An alleged or actual breach of this rule shall be dealt with under Regulation 35. It shall not be grounds for a protest and rule 63.1 does not apply.
Racing Rules Of Sailing
The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) are revised and published every four years by World Sailing, the international authority for the sport. And World Sailing produces a Case Book which complements the RRS and the cases it contains are intended to clarify an important meaning in a rule or to increase the understanding of a complex rule.
RacingRulesOfSailing.Org combines these documents as a resource for sailors and race officials. It integrates the racing rules with links to definitions, cases and even World Sailing Q&A's such that the user has not only immediate access to each, but gets a better understanding of the relationship between them. Furthermore, it works on any device with internet access.
Additionally, the site displays the rules in a format specific to the user's interest. For example, if you set the race format to Match Racing*, the rules are displayed with the changes specific to match racing integerated into the rules, plus the related match racing Calls are displayed for each rule. Additionally, you can display the prescriptions and appeals for specific national associations.*
Certified Judges can also use the site to compose protest decisions, record RRS 42 penalties and publish the protest hearing schedule.* They can also retain notes relating to particular rules or definitions.* This allows judges to add and edit their own notes for each rule, and maintain those notes over time. Certain pre-qualified judges can also post public notes associated with an individual rule for use by other judges.
* You must register and sign in to the site to gain access to these services. It's FREE. There is no cost to sign up.
** The RYA has restricted use of the RYA prescriptions and cases. They are only avialable from the RYA.
RacingRulesOfSailing.org is a free site that cross-references and links the racing rules, definitions and cases. It also provides an electronic platform for the hearing schedule, protest decisions and RRS 42 penalties. It was designed and created by Paul Zupan, an International Judge from Sebastopol, California. If you have any comments, suggestions or criticisms, you can reach Paul at email@example.com
And a special thanks to all the judges who have helped promote and/or maintain this site: Bill Bell (AUS), Luiso Ferrandiz (ESP), Francisco Vidal (ESP), Dave Perry (USA), Dick Rose (USA), Grant Baldwin (USA) and Doug Sloan (USA). If you would like to help and have some experience with HTML, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what part of this site interests you and you're willing to support.
I created RRS.org as a free resource for anyone to quickly better understand the rules or find an answer to their rules question. I wanted to keep it dead simple to use and entirely free so that it could be of maximum benefit to the community. Short of the odd donation, all costs for building, running and keeping the service currently come directly out of my own pocket. Fortunately, today's modern cloud services like AWS make it possible to do this without breaking the bank! But because the service is becoming more and more popular, I will eventually need to find a way to fund the resources necessary to keep it running efficiently.
Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016; Version 6
Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020
Great Britain - RYA has declined to grant a license for prescriptions and cases.