Racing Rules

COVID 19 Regulations at Events

World Sailing Q&A 2020.010 (August 17, 2020)

This document from World Sailing's Question & Answer Service addresses how COVID-19 government regulations, protocols and guidance may be implemented in race documents.


Are you looking for the 2021-2024 rules? Here is World Sailing's Study Version, which shows all changes to the rules for the upcoming quad, the reasons for them, and the text of the MNA submissions that led to them:

2021-2024 Racing Rules of Sailing (Study Version)

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.

Environmental Responsibility

Participants are encouraged to minimize any adverse environmental impact of the sport of sailing.

More About the 2017-2020 Rules

The Racing Rules of Sailing are published every four years, beginning the year after the Summer Olympics, by World Sailing (WS). They govern sailboat racing around the world.

The US Sailing Prescriptions are added to The Racing Rules of Sailing, and they govern races that are held in the United States or the parts of international races that pass through U.S. waters. The US Sailing Prescriptions rank as rules in the United States.