The purpose of The Racing Rules of Sailing is to keep sailors and boats safe and to provide fair competition. The rules are governed by two basic principles:
Sportsmanship and the Rules
Competitors in the sport of sailing are governed by a body of rules that they are expected to follow and enforce. A fundamental principle of sportsmanship is that when competitors break a rule they will promptly take a penalty, which may be to retire.
Participants are encouraged to minimize any adverse environmental impact of the sport of sailing.