Racing Rules of Sailing

Radio Sailing

The MYA sails to World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) with amendments for our sport outlined by Appendix E, these are typically updated every 4 years.

It is possible to download them from the World Sailing website below. There are also publications available which have case studies in them and typical applications of the rules, a copy of the rules and case studies are a useful addition to your sailing equipment.

2017-20 RRS Rules guidance booklet – (NEW Nov 2016)

World Sailing Rules Webpage

Check out the Club and Skipper Development pages for hints and tips for those new to the sport.

There is also an excellent website by John Ball from Canada which explains elements of the rules, click HERE to view

Free Sailing

The Free Sailing community use a different set of rules, a copy of which can be found below.

MYA Free Sailing Yacht Racing Rules

Free Sailing Class Rules Supplement

Protest Committee Checklist

If you are required to Chair a Protest Committee at any time we have developed a checklist that provides some guidance of the steps that should be followed.

Please click on Checklist to download the guidance notes which will take you through the required steps.

Race Observer – A Guide

Although a self policing sport an important part of this is the use of competitors as Race Observers. The MYA prides itself at being at the forefront of race organisation and event hosting and the use of observers and their understanding of their role in the event is at the heart of this.

The quality of observing has a direct impact on competitor behaviour and enjoyment of the event and it is incumbent on all competitors to know the “ins and outs” of the process.

Please read the downloadable guidance notes HERE.

There is also a downloadable version for presenting to club members in the presentation material category.

Basic Racing Rules for the Newcomer

The rules of Radio Controlled Yacht Racing may seem to be quite complicated and a little daunting to a beginner.

The downloadable document below is designed to assist the newcomer on their Radio Sailing.

Basic Rules of Sailing

The rules above will cover a large percentage of the situations that you will come across at club and district level, however once you are comfortable the full World sailing Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) are worth getting hold of. A link is at the top of this knowledge base.

SYRPH- System for Reducing Protest Hearings

The objective of SYRPH is to give a competitor the opportunity to retire rather than proceed to a full protest if after seeing the observations of the other competitor or race observer they are no longer confident of their position. The aim being to reduce the number of protests which hold up racing in radio sailing.

Protest Forms

Protest Forms and Observer Protest Forms are available below.

Competitor Protest Form

Observer Incident Form

Umpired Racing

Most International events will have Umpired Racing, this is designed to assist the race team in allowing the event to flow.

Principles of umpiring in ISAF Addendum Q have been used for this IRSA version of umpiring for radio sailing events. Changes make them suitable for radio sailing in heats of up to 20 radio boats with umpires working alongside observers. Observers act in their normal role in accordance with rule E5.1 and, in doing so, work side by side with umpires as assistants for their role of decision-making. It is recommended that there should be one observer for every four boats in the heats. The number of umpires shall be flexible. Please read with IRSA Addendum Q Advice

This addendum changes rules 44.1(b), 61, 62, 63.1, 64.1(a), 66, 70, E4.3(b), E5.1 and E6.3

More Information available HERE

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