Friday, July 25, 2014

US Rules Proposals for the 2017-202 RRS

The US Sailing Racing Rules Committee has prepared seven Submissions to ISAF for changing the Racing Rules of Sailing.  Most of the proposals are for small wording changes (as usual), but two are fairly substantial:  another revision of rule 20.1 (Hailing for Room to Tack) and a proposed appendix on Arbitration, pretty much copied from the section on arbitration in Appendix T of the US rulebook. 

The proposed changes were approved by the US Sailing Board of Directors on July 21st.   They will be considered by the ISAF Racing Rules Committee (RRC) at the Annual Conference in November.  The RRC might pass, edit or reject any submissions.  They could also send a given submission back to us for further work and resubmission in 2015.  Submissions that are approved by ISAF RRC and Council will become effective on January 1, 2017, when the new rulebook comes into force.

The US submissions, which include reasons for why the changes should be made, can be found on the US Sailing website at  Scroll to the bottom of the page to find a list of links to the PDF files containing the Submissions.


  1. Not happy with 20.1.a as it seems to overlap with the definition of obstruction and possibly create different interpretaions

    (a) she is approaching an obstruction and will soon need to make a
    substantial course change to avoid it safely, and

  2. Are there any rules for when kiteboards, windsurfers and catamarans meet? Do they have to be racing for rules to be applied or is there a liability component that applies when not racing?
    I am spending the summer in the Gorge and a kiter calling starboard on anybody just seems ludicrous.
    By the way I do all three sports.
    I think there is a role here for US Sailing to play.

  3. The appendices only apply between similar craft. So when two different types meet ( eg a kite meets a cat), the regular would RRS apply.


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