The Racing Rules of Sailing provides an appeals process from decisions of protest committees. The appeals process is covered in Appendix R of the rulebook, as well as rules 70 and 71.
Members of US Sailing may download a PDF copy of The Appeals Book for 2017-2020
from the Race Official Publications page.
Filing an Appeal
If you have a question about filing an Appeal, you can read the Appeals Committee’s Appeals FAQ
You can also read Dave Perry’s “Do’s and Don’ts of Filing an Appeal”
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.