Rules & Racing

Rules & Racing

The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) are updated every 4 years. Every racing sailor, coach, official and regatta organizer should own a Rule Book for ready reference.

August 29, 2022:

It has recently come to our attention that, in the French edition of the 2021 2024 Racing Rules of Sailing published by Sail Canada, the last sentence of rule 40.2 was not printed in the rule book. The complete text of rule 40.2 reads as follows:

40.2 When Rule 40.1 Applies
Rule 40.1 applies
(a) if flag Y was displayed afloat with one sound before or with the warning signal, while racing in that race; or
(b) if flag Y was displayed ashore with one sound, at all times while afloat that day.
However, rule 40.1 applies when so stated in the notice of race or sailing instructions.

Please take note of this correction to French edition of the rule book. We sincerely apologize for this printing omission.

With best regards,

Per: Rick Hatch, chair


World Sailing’s Racing Rules of Sailing

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Changes and corrections made by World Sailing in “The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021-2024”

Changes and Corrections effective Jan. 1, 2021

Additional Changes and Corrections effective Jan. 1, 2022

Sail Canada Racing Rules Committee approval of the use of World Sailing Development Rule DR22-01 regarding Test Rule 18

The Sail Canada Prescriptions for the 2021-2024 Racing Rules of Sailing are available here:

RRS 2021-2024 Sail Canada Prescriptions (updated March 14, 2022)

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