Racing Rules

'Support person’ – a phrase you’re going to be getting very familiar with as you study the new 2017-2020 World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing

When it comes to Part 2 Rules, ie the stuff sailors tend to get quite animated about in the clubhouse, things have broadly stayed the same.

But it’s in Part 1 arguably the biggest change is unveiled – the concept of ‘support persons’ and the fact their conduct can now result in a protest and have a direct consequence for a sailor’s score in a single race, up to and including DSQ.

Under the new rules a support person could include any parent or guardian, coach, trainer or manager of a competitor, and they are as bound by the rules as sailors and boat owners themselves. It’s a game-changer for race management, as sailors, support persons and race officers must understand the rules much better.

As Steve Watson, one of the RYA Midlands Rules Advisers, explains: “Rules are part of the whole entertainment package of racing as it is converting the rigour of the rules to make you a better, and ultimately more successful, racer. Rules are there to make racing fair, but really understanding the rules and being able to take advantage of them to benefit your own racing is an enjoyable challenge.

“Our message is the new rules provide the perfect opportunity to refresh your rules knowledge and to get to grips with how the new rules can help your sailors become better racers. A club full of better racers will make it more fun for everyone, with the competition keeping people coming back for more and keeping your club vibrant.”

Where can you get the 2017-2020 World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing?

A PDF of the 2017-2020 rules can be downloaded from the World Sailing website - click here to download the Racing Rules Of Sailing 2017 - 2020 Or to order your full waterproof copy of the RYA's Racing Rules, complete with ‘National Prescriptions’, or the Handy Guide, visit the RYA Shop Online here.

The RYA and World Sailing have also launched a brand new ‘World Sailing App 2017-2020’, which will be the one stop shop for the 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing and associated documents. Find out more and download the App here - World Sailing App 2017-2020

PY Update

Just a quick reminder from the RYA Technical Department that the deadline for PY returns has been extended to the end of January. We're keen to get as much data as possible and would really appreciate it if any clubs who have not already done so could submit their returns for the 2016 season. This can be done either on the PYonline website or manual return form can be downloaded from our website.