Filing an Appeal

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 Including US Sailing Prescriptions provides the appeals process from decisions of protest committees. The appeals process is covered in Appendix R of the rule book, as well as rules 70 and 71.

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 email Robert Lane.


US Sailing members may download a PDF of The Appeals Book for 2017-2020 from Race Official Publications page.

Changes to the Appeals Book 2017-2020 since it was put online in January 2017

Download a PDF copy of the World Sailing Case Book

Appeals Book for 2017-2020, red-lined edition

US Sailing Appeals Committee Policy Manual

Standard Letters December 12, 2016

US Sailing Appeals Committee Style Manual

Recently Published Appeals From the US Sailing Appeals Committee

Appeal 114 (posted 1/2017)

Question 115 (posted 1/2017)

Question 116 (posted 5/2017)

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