Forum: The Racing Rules of Sailing

Version of RRS for a series that begins in 2020 and ends in 2021

Andrew Lesslie
Nationality: United States of America
Certifications:
  • Club Race Officer
<edit>  Question has been comprehensively answered.  Thank you all.


Hello All,

I'm preparing the SIs for our club winter race series, beginning in November and ending in April.    

Should we conduct races in November and December under RRS 2017-2020 and races in January to April under RRS 2021-2024?

Is it permissible to complete the series under RRS 2017-2020 and switch to the new rules for the Spring / Summer Series?

If this has already been covered somewhere here I can't find it, not can I find any guidance from World Sailing or US Sailing.

I'm sure I'm not the only person in this situation.

Many thanks in advance.
Andrew


Created: 20-Sep-22 03:51

Comments

Murray Cummings
Nationality: New Zealand
1
This is covered under "Revision" on page 6 of the RRS 2021-2024
This edition becomes effective on 1 January 2021 except that for an event
beginning in 2020 the date may be postponed by the notice of race or
sailing instructions.
Created: 20-Sep-22 04:15
John Ball
Nationality: Canada
1
The item you are looking for is in the Introduction section under Revision.

Revision The racing rules are revised and published every four years
by World Sailing, the international authority for the sport. This edition
becomes effective on 1 January 2021 except that for an event
beginning in 2020 the date may be postponed by the notice of race or
sailing instructions. 
 
To me, it refers to an event that starts in 2020 and finishes in 2021. Your series is not an event - but individual race days may be your 'event'. So you can start the series using 2020 rules and switch to 2021 for the first 'event (race day) in the new year. Your NOR and SI can say this and you are covered.

There is a new scoring option NSC that comes in with the new edition, but that should have no effect on races already completed.

John
Created: 20-Sep-22 04:20
Tribhuwan Jaiswal
Nationality: India
Certifications:
  • National Judge
  • National Race Officer
0
The directive regarding the applicability of rules is in the Revision section as follows

"Revision The racing rules are revised and published every four years
by World Sailing, the international authority for the sport. This edition
becomes effective on 1 January 2021 except that for an event
beginning in 2020 the date may be postponed by the notice of race or
sailing instructions. "

I tend to go with John's remarks regarding applying RRS 2017-20 until Dec 2020 and change over to RRS 2021-24 for races held from Jan 2021.

Created: 20-Sep-22 04:41
P
John Allan
Nationality: Australia
Certifications:
  • National Judge
  • Regional Race Officer
0
Murray and John have pointed to the relevant mechanism paragraph.

There has been a lot of editorial change in the 2021 RRS to achieve consistent use of the words 'event' and 'race', without ever defining 'event'.

I think 'event' means any series (subject to the same NOR) consisting of one or more races.

In Australia we have dealt with the changeover date being in the middle of our summer season for many years, and in particular the Sydney to Hobart Race running over the new year period.

Back in the distant past, the National Authority, under the then RRS just deferred the implementation of new rules until June, but now:
  • for normal club racing, we leave well alone and cut over to the new rules on the 1 Jan of the new year.  I have never seen this cause any problems.  One fine day, if there is major surgery to Appendix A Scoring System, there might be a problem, but none to date.
  • for the Sydney to Hobart Race, the NOR preserves the previous years rules.
Created: 20-Sep-22 04:46
Andrew Lesslie
Nationality: United States of America
Certifications:
  • Club Race Officer
0
Thank you to all of you on the other side of the world from me! (California)

Your help is very much appreciated.
Created: 20-Sep-22 04:52
Aldo Balelli
Nationality: Italy
Certifications:
  • National Judge
0
Same NoR, same SI, a final score and prize for all the races =  single event. 
You may use the 2017 2020 rule book, just state it in the NoR and SI
Created: 20-Sep-23 17:40
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