The Racing Rules of Sailing includes two main sections. The first,
Parts 1–7, contains rules that affect all competitors. The second,
Appendices A–P, provides details of rules, rules that apply to particular
kinds of racing, and rules that affect only a small number of
competitors or officials.
Revision The racing rules are revised and published every four
years by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the international
authority for the sport. This edition becomes effective on
1 January 2009 except that for an event beginning in 2008 the date
may be postponed by the notice of race and sailing instructions.
Marginal markings indicate important changes to Parts 1–7 and the
Definitions of the 2005–2008 edition. No changes are contemplated
before 2013, but any changes determined to be urgent before then
will be announced through national authorities and posted on the
ISAF website (www.sailing.org).
ISAF Codes The ISAF Eligibility, Advertising, Anti-Doping and
Sailor Classification Codes (Regulations 19, 20, 21 and 22) 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.
Cases and Calls The ISAF publishes interpretations of the racing
rules in The Case Book for 2009–2012 and recognizes them as
authoritative interpretations and explanations of the rules. It also
publishes The Call Book for Match Racing for 2009–2012 and The
Call Book for Team Racing for 2009–2012, and it recognizes them as
authoritative only for umpired match or team racing. These publications
are available on the ISAF website.
Terminology A term used in the sense stated in the Definitions is
printed in italics or, in preambles, in bold italics (for example, racing
and racing). ‘Racing rule’ means a rule in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
‘Boat’ means a sailboat and the crew on board. ‘Race committee’
includes any person or committee performing a race committee
function. A ‘change’ to a rule includes an addition to it or deletion of
all or part of it. ‘National authority’ means an ISAF member national
authority. Other words and terms are used in the sense ordinarily
understood in nautical or general use.
Appendices When the rules of an appendix apply, they take precedence
over any conflicting rules in Parts 1–7 and the Definitions.
Each appendix is identified by a letter. A reference to a rule in an
appendix will contain the letter and the rule number (for example,
‘rule A1’). There is no Appendix I or O.
Changes to the Rules The prescriptions of a national authority,
class rules or the sailing instructions may change a racing rule only
as permitted in rule 86.
Changes to National Authority Prescriptions A national authority
may restrict changes to its prescriptions as provided in rule 88.2.