World Sailing Changes


World Sailing Test Rules & Additions to the RRS

World Sailing have published a number of test rules, which do not appear in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024 themselves. The recently published test rules are as follows:


DR21-01 Alternative Starting Penalty

DR21-02 – Umpired Radio Sailing

DR21-03 – High Speed Rules

DR21-04 – Umpired Fleet Racing

DR21-05  - WingFoiling Racing Rules


And can all be found on the World Sailings website here.


World Sailing Q&A Service

World Sailing have recently provided Q&As to assist with the following topics:

Interrupting taking a penalty

Alternative penalty for a boat that was OCS

Exclusion of a boat

Meaning of “hull” in the RRS

COVID 19 regulations at events

Clarification regarding hearsay evidence


The Q&A service from World Sailing can be found on their website here.


Rapid Response Call 2021.01 - Penalty

World Sailing have recently published a new Rapid Response Team Racing Call relating to the actions the umpires should take when a boat clearly indicates it will take a penalty but does not.

RRC 2021.01 can be found here.


Juries Policy Document

World Sailing have recently updated their Jury Policies document for 2021. This policy can be found on the World Sailing’s website here.


Rule 18 Survey

We have received the following email from the World Sailing Rule 18 Working Party Chair, Dave Perry, needing your help.  

Hello sailors and race officials,

I am the chair of the Rule 18 Working Party of the World Sailing Racing Rules Committee. Our goal is to see if we can find ways to simplify rule 18 (Mark-Room) without changing the current game too much.

The clear reason is that of all the racing rules, sailors and race officials find rule 18 the longest, most complicated and most convoluted rule, making it difficult for experienced racers and race officials to apply it clearly and consistently on the water and in the protest room, and for inexperienced racers to learn the rule.

Our challenge is to find ways to simplify the rule without changing the game in unacceptable ways. We have some ideas we would like to get your input on this summer. We have three aspects of the rule we would welcome your feedback on.

If interested, simply reply to the questions in this Survey NO LATER THAN Sunday, August 15, 2021. The link to the Survey is below. The Survey should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. You are welcomed to discuss these questions with other sailors and race officials, and to forward this Survey to anyone you wish. Your input will be read with an open mind, and will be appreciated.

With thanks for giving your answers serious thought,

Dave Perry (USA), for the Rule 18 Working Party

Blu Lobato (BRA)

Dave Dellenbaugh (USA)

John Standley (AUS)

Line Juhl (DEN)

Rob Overton (USA)