An update from RYA Racing Services


Racing Rules of Sailing updated for 2021-2024�

With the 2021-2024 Racing Rules of Sailing�(RRS)�coming�into force on 01�January 2021, get ready for a new year on the race course with the RYA.�

The RYA�s Racing Rules Committee have been working hard to update the RYA Racing Rules Guidance�Book and the RYA Case Book, whilst the RYA Publications Team have published new editions of the popular rules books.�

The changes to the rules will require those writing notices of race or sailing instructions for next season to make some changes�from the versions that may have been used this season.

RYA Racing Rules Guidance

The RYA Racing Rules Guidance Book contains 26 individual guidance notes providing in depth guidance on a variety of subjects related to the racing rules. These are split into 3 chapters. General Guidance; RYA Rules Disputes Procedures; and Guidance Primarily for Race Officials.

Of particular interest is the guidance note on Changes to the Racing Rules from January 2021. This contains a summary and commentary on the main changes�and also�includes a cross reference table showing changes to rule numbers and titles from the previous edition of the RRS. This is a must read for anyone preparing notices of race or sailing instructions for next season.

RYA Case Book

The RYA Case Book contains illustrative and persuasive, but not binding, interpretations and explanations of the rules.�All the cases have been reviewed, and where necessary, updated�to be compliant with the 2021-2024 RRS.

The�RYA Racing Rules Guidance�Book and the RYA Case Book are available to download as a pdf from�

The RYA Racing Rules Guidance�and RYA Case Book�eBooks are available in the World Sailing rules app now (click on �Countries�, then �GBR�). Produced in partnership by World Sailing and the RYA, the full 2021-2024 update will be available in the coming weeks.�Find out more at�

RYA Rules Books

The three RYA rules books are all available to purchase now from the RYA webshop:

The RYA titles are the only publications to include the RYA National Prescriptions and are available in a range of handy formats, including pocket-sized waterproof books, as well as eBooks.�

RYA members can take advantage of a 15% discount on all RYA publications.

For more information about the 2021-2024 titles, as well as other RYA racing publications visit��

Advisory Services

The RYA provides an advisory service to help�RYA members and affiliated organisations with interpretations of the racing rules and with assistance on race management�issues, including the writing of notices of race and sailing instructions.

To access the Racing Rules Advisory or Race Management Advisory services please email your query to�

Hear from the experts

The RYA�s Racing Services Manager, Niall McLeod, will be�delivering�a presentation�on the changes to the racing rules and what they mean for those organising and delivering club racing.�This will be�available on demand�to those attending the RYA Affiliated Club conference.�See��for more details.

Our network of Regional Rules Advisors�and Regional Race Management Coordinators�are available�to deliver talks to clubs or to answer any queries or questions. Their details can be found here:�

RYA Racing Charter

The RYA Racing Charter has now been in place for 15 years. For the 2021 racing season, the RYA has refreshed the�Charter, bringing it fully up to date.

Clubs adopting the RYA Racing Charter are sending out a clear signal to all those who race that the principles of the Charter will be applied, and that the club is committed to giving the best racing possible for all sailors. Under the Charter, clubs are letting their sailors know that they not only operate by these standards but that they expect all sailors using their facilities to adhere to them. Classes endorsing the Charter support the principles of the Charter for the benefit of their members� racing and those Clubs that run events on their behalf.

As part of the RYA�s commitment to the Racing Charter we provide our affiliates and members with a range of best practice guides�on how to get the most from your racing and give access to direct support through our dedicated Race Management and Racing Rules Advisory teams who�are able to�help with those tricky questions.

The RYA will provide to all clubs and classes who wish to adopt the Charter up to five A3 posters, free of charge,�which can be displayed within their clubhouse or at events.�Clubs and Classes wishing to continue their commitment to the RYA Racing Charter are requested to complete their details on�this form�by 13�December.