The Racing Rules of Sailing provide for appeals as a mechanism to correct possible Protest Committee errors in interpreting the rules. The appeals process is covered in Appendix R of the rulebook, as well as rules 70 and 71.
Purchase Your Print Copy of The Appeals and Cases Book for 2013-2016 Now!
You can now purchase a print copy of The Appeals Book for 2013-2016, Including the ISAF Cases Book for 2013-2016, from the US Sailing online store.
Members of US Sailing may download a PDF copy of The Appeals Book for 2013-2016 from the Race Official Publications page.
If you have a question about filing an Appeal, you can read the Appeals Committee’s Appeals FAQ.
Expedited Appeals provide an appeals process for Protected Competitions. For more information, see Expedited Appeals.
Ombudsman for Filing a Grievance or Appealing a Rule 69 Decision
Do you have questions about the process for filing a grievance under Regulation 15 or an appeal of a rule 69 decision? An ombudsman is available to help racing sailors understand what procedures to follow when filing a grievance or an appeal of a rule 69 decision. This position was created by the US Sailing Board of Directors to provide sailors with quick answers to their questions and to help them avoid the pitfalls associated with these processes.
Any sailor or official who has questions or needs direction about the filing process may contact Robert Lane, the ombudsman, by email.