The 2021-2024 Racing Rules of Sailing come into effect on 01 January 2021.

Ahead of the changes, the RYA has released an update to the World Sailing Rules App, giving sailors access to a ‘one stop shop’ for the 2021-2024 rules and associated documents.

Launched in 2016, the multi-lingual app was developed by the RYA in partnership with World Sailing and has proven popular with racing sailors and officials worldwide, ensuring they have all the relevant rules information at their fingertips. 

Over the last ten years, the RYA has developed a comprehensive library of interactive eBooks, conforming to the highest accessibility standards. App users can expect the same quality and user-friendly experience.

Steen Ingerslev, RYA Publications Manager said: “We are delighted to be working with World Sailing once again. We’ve made huge advances with RYA eBooks and digital resources in recent years ensuring popular app features like the ‘Integrated eBook’ are more accessible than ever before.” 

The ‘Integrated eBook’ links all the rules documents together, enabling the user to navigate seamlessly between the rules and cases, highlighting a number of cases for each rule in both overview and full case detail formats. 

A rules mode in the settings allows the user to select Windsurfing, Team, Match, Radio or Kiteboard Racing amendments for their convenience. They can also select a country, enabling any translated rules and showing the local prescriptions from any participating National Authority.

There are a number of other useful features such as a simple to navigate search function and pop-ups for all definitions where they are referenced in the text. These pop-ups help refer back to the detail of the definition without navigating off the page. 

The app will include:

  • Equipment Rules of Sailing
  • World Sailing Case Book
  • RYA Case Book
  • World Sailing Q&As
  • Team Racing Call Book
  • Match Racing Call Book
  • Offshore Special Regulations
  • RYA Race Management Guide
  • RYA Racing Rules Guidance

As well as developing the World Sailing Rules App, as the Member National Authority for the UK, the RYA also publish a series of rules books.

The RYA books 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.

The app and all the RYA rules eBooks, including the ‘Integrated eBook’, will be updated regularly with the World Sailing changes and corrections. The first of which have already been announced following the World Sailing Annual Conference.

The World Sailing Rules App can be downloaded for FREE through the Apple App Store and Google Play. The ‘Integrated eBook’ will be available shortly as an in-app purchase.

If you’ve already downloaded the 2017-2020 version, it will be automatically updated. Visit www.rya.org.uk/go/wsapp for further information.

Or for further details about the RYA’s Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024 books, as well as other racing publications, please visit www.rya.org.uk/go/racingbooks