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Introduction to the Racing Rules of Sailing Series

The RYA has produced a free series for racing sailors and aspiring race officials to introduce and explain the racing rules of sailing.

Whether you are your club’s rules expert, a squad sailor or just want to know a bit more, the introduction to racing rules series will guide you through the racing rules to give you the best advantage on the race course.

The sessions will be available on the RYA’s YouTube channel.

SERIES 1 - The rules of part 2 - 'When Boats Meet'

Series 1 provides an introduction to the racing rules of sailing and covers the rules and scenarios you are most likely to come across on the race course.

  Title  Content  Premiere Date  Presenter  Q&A     and    slides  
 1 Introduction Finding your way around the rulebook.  How do we decide which boat has the right of way?  29th April 2020  Chris Lindsay 



 2  The start Does anything limit the right-of-way boat?   6th May 2020  Matt Goodbourn



 3 The windward leg  Revision of the right-of-way rules.  Obstructions and hailing for room to tack 13th May 2020   Niall McLeod



 Marks Part 1 Marks, and who is entitled to room?  20th May 2020   Chris Atkins



 5 The run  When do I have to sail my proper course?  27th May 2020  Mark Rushall 



 Marks Part 2 Marks masterclass   3rd June 2020  Jon Napier



SERIES 2 - The Disciplines

Series 2 focusses on the various disciplines and how the appendices of the Racing Rules of Sailing alter those rules which are covered in series 1.

   Discipline Presenters
 1 Kiteboard Racing

Marina Psychogyiou

James Hadden

2 Team Racing

Chris Lindsay

Arthur Henderson

3 Match Racing

Craig Mitchell

Kate Macgregor

The Presenters

Chris Lindsay 

Chris is an International Judge and Umpire who has been appointed by World Sailing to the Tokyo Olympics where he will be one of the first to take on the role of Video Officiating International Technical Official. He is currently one of the youngest IUs and IJs in the world and is also a member of the RYA’s Racing Rules Committee and Judges & Umpires Committee where he takes the lead on umpire education.

Matt Goodbourn

Matt is one of the UKs top National Umpires. Since graduating from Durham University for whom he team raced, Matt has umpired at many of the UKs top events including the Wilson Trophy, the UKTRA Nationals and the BUSA Championship Finals. He was previously Honorary Treasurer and Technical Delegate for the BUSA Team Racing Championships and currently sits on the RYAs Judges and Umpires Performance & Appointments Group. When not umpiring, Matt regularly races onboard a J109 on the Solent.

Niall McLeod

Niall is the RYA’s Racing Services Manager whose responsibilities include managing the RYA’s work in regard to the Racing Rules of Sailing and Race Officials and acting as Secretary to the Racing Rules Committee. He is also an International Judge & International Umpire. When not officiating he races on IRC yachts in the Solent and back home in Scotland.

Chris Atkins

An International Umpire since 2001, an International Judge since 2009 and a former Vice President of World Sailing; Chris is a highly respected rules expert. He regularly officiates at the highest level across the whole breadth of the sport from Optimist Championships to the Volvo Ocean Race.

Mark Rushall

 A world-renowned race strategist and Olympic coach, Mark is one of the lead coaches for rules expertise for the British Sailing Team and is a regular columnist in Yachts & Yachting where his articles on racing scenarios present the rules in a simple and easy to understand format. Mark is author of the best-selling RYA Tactics which has just been released as a third edition and he is also a member of the RYA Racing Rules Committee.

Jon Napier

Jon is currently World Sailing’s Governance & Rules Consultant and is one of two International Technical Delegates responsible for overseeing and ensuring the fairness of the sailing competition at the Tokyo Olympics. He is one of the foremost International Judges & Umpires and regularly officiates at the highest level.

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