The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020

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The Racing Rules of Sailing are published every four years by World Sailing, the international authority for the sport. These rules govern sailboat racing in the United States and in the areas of international races that pass through U.S. waters.

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 became effective on January 1, 2017.

How you can access The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020:

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The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 Including the US Prescriptions. Available now from the US Sailing web store.

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The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 digital publication with content from Dave Perry’s Understanding the Racing Rules:

iOS version  / Android version

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Dave Perry’s Understand the Racing Rules of Sailing through 2020. Available now from the

US Sailing web store.

(Replacement page 302) / Errata

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Dave Perry’s 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes. Available now from the

US Sailing web store.

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Sailor’s Guide to the Racing Rules – Helpful information to simplify the rules

Available now from the

US Sailing web store.

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US Sailing Race Management Handbook for 2017-2020
Coming Soon

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US Sailing Judges Manual for 2017-2020
Coming Soon

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The Appeals Book for 2017-2020: Including the World Sailing Case Book for 2017-2020
Available June 2017

Resources for Understanding the 2017-2020 Rules

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 Study Version

This document is designed to provide you with the explanations for each change in the Definitions and the rules of Parts 1-7. The first two pages contain instructions designed to help you get maximum benefit from time spent studying this special version of the RRS. We hope you find this ‘Study Version of the Racing Rules for 2017-2020’ helpful!

Suggestions for improving this document are welcome. Submit a suggestion.

  • Dick Rose, Chairman of the World Sailing Racing Rules Working Party

World Sailing Changes and Corrections to The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020

“2017-2020 RRS Changes and Corrections” will be updated periodically through 2020 to show changes and corrections to the rules made by World Sailing.

Changes and Corrections to US Sailing’s Editions of The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020

This document will be updated periodically through 2020 to show changes and corrections to the rules made by US Sailing.

Dave Perry’s Overview of Significant Changes in the Racing Rules for 2017-2020

In this document, Dave Perry addresses the significant changes in the current rules. (Please note that Dave revised his overview of rule 86.1(b) on January 15, 2017 and rule 64.4(b) on March 9, 2017.)

Dave Perry Discusses Changes in the 2017-2020 Racing Rules

Exploring the Changes in the 2017-2020 Rules by Dick Rose

 

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Dick Rose, Chair of World Sailing’s Racing Rules Work World Group, offers his insight in Sailing World magazine on the changes in the rules that go into effect in 2017: Dick Rose, Chair of World Sailing’s Racing Rules Work World Group, offers his insight in Sailing World magazine on the changes in the rules that go into effect in 2017:

Every four years, on New Year’s Day of the year following the Olympic regatta, revised racing rules published by World Sailing take effect. This is the first of a series of articles covering important changes for 2017. I’ll start by discussing what’s new in Part 2, the rules that apply when boats meet. Most of the changes in the Part 2 rules are intended to simplify or clarify a rule and will not result in major game changes.

We start with two subtle changes that make Rule 21, Exoneration, easier to remember and fairer in many common situations. The rule was moved from Section C, “At Marks and Obstructions,” to Section D, “Other Rules,” and the words “under a rule of Section C” were deleted from it.

New Rule 21:

21 EXONERATION

When a boat is sailing within the room or mark-room to which she is entitled, she shall be exonerated if, in an incident with a boat required to give her that room or mark-room, (a) she breaks a rule of Section A, rule 15 or rule 16, or (b) she is compelled to break rule 31.

Revised Rule 21 will apply whenever a boat is “sailing within the room or mark-room to which she is entitled.” In the 2013-2016 edition of the rulebook, Rule 21 applies only if the rule entitling a boat to room or mark-room is a rule of Section C. Two rules require a boat to give another boat mark-room: Rule 18.2 and Rule 18.3, both in Section C. Four rules require a boat to give another boat room: Rule 19.2(b) and Rule 20.2(c) in Section C, and Rule 15 and Rule 16.1 in Section B. The new rule is easier to remember because you enjoy the rule’s protection when any rule entitles you to room or mark-room, regardless of where that rule is located in the rulebook. 

* These are not authoritative interpretations of the new rules.



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