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.


Purchase Your Print Copy of The Appeals and Cases Book for 2013-2016 Now!
You can 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.

Download a PDF copy of the ISAF Case Book.




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 “Dos and Don’ts of Filing an Appeal.”

Coming in January: US Sailing Appeals & Requests Information Form – This document will be required with all appeals and requests filed after December 31, 2016.

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.

Recently-published appeals from the US Sailing Appeals Committee:

Appeal 109 (posted 9/2013)

Question 110 (posted 9/2013. revised 5/2014)

Question 111 (posted 9/2013)

Question 112 (posted 9/2013)

Appeal 113 has been withdrawn for review. February 2015