Photography by Jeff Crow- Sport the Library
Photography by Jeff Crow- Sport the Library

Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016

Following the 2015 World Sailing (ISAF) conference in November, some changes were made to the RRS and became effective from 1 January 2016.

The changes include:

  • RRS Introduction – ISAF Codes
    The ISAF Eligibility, Advertising, Anti-Doping, and Sailor Classification and Disciplinary Codes (Regulations 19, 20, 21, and 22 and 35) are referred to in the definition Rule but are not included in this book because they can be changed at any time. The most recent versions of the codes are available on the ISAF website; new versions will be announced through national authorities.


  • RRS Definitions – Rule (b)
    ISAF Regulation 19, Eligibility Code; Regulation 20, Advertising Code; Regulation 21, Anti-Doping Code; and Regulation 22, Sailor Classification Code; and Regulation 35, Disciplinary Code;


  • Part 5 – Protests, Redress, Hearings, Misconduct and Appeals – Rule 69.3
    Delete rules 69.3 and 69.4 and replace them with:
    69.3 Action by a National Authority and ISAF
    The disciplinary powers, procedures and responsibilities of national authorities and ISAF that apply are specified in ISAF Regulation 35, Disciplinary Code. National authorities and ISAF may impose further penalties, including suspension of eligibility, under that Code.


  • Appendix G National Sail Letters – addition of Nicaragua and St Vincent & Grenadines

To view the amended rules in full, please refer to the Racing Rules section of the Yachting Australia website or click here to view them on the World Sailing website.

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