The Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024

The Racing Rules of Sailing govern the sport. They are revised and published every four years by World Sailing. You can download a PDF copy directly from World Sailing or order The Racing Rules of Sailing 2021 – 2024, including Irish Sailing prescriptions from our online shop. 

Every sailor should have a copy of the Racing Rules of Sailing with Irish Sailing Prescriptions 2021 – 2024. 

All the documents outlined below are available in the

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Protests and Appeals

Protest forms, Appeal Corrects and Prescriptions to Racing Rules. For detailed information see  Protests and Appeals 



Irish Sailing's anti-doping rules are the Irish Anti-Doping Rules as amended from time to time. The Irish Anti-Doping Rules are available from Irish Sailing and may be viewed on Sport Ireland’s website. 

World Sailing Case Book

The Case Book, cases are authoritative interpretations and explanations of The Racing Rules of Sailing. The Case Book complements The Racing Rules of Sailing, providing details on the application of the Rules to over 100 scenarios. The principal aims of the Cases are to clarify an important meaning in a rule or to increase the understanding of a complex rule. A revised edition of The Case Book is published every four years to coincide with the publication of the revised edition of The Racing Rules of Sailing. Then, in each of the following three years a supplement to The Case Book is published.

World Sailing Rules Q&A

Unlike the World Sailing Case Book this Question & Answer service is designed to assist World Sailing International Race Officials in applying the rules consistently. Irish Sailing advise that these may also be used to assist Irish Sailing Race Officials. All Q&A’s are published along with a downloadable booklet. The Q&A booklet is frequently updated, so check it regularly.

World Sailing Call Books

The World Sailing Call Book for Match Racing and the World Sailing Call Book for Team Racing provide a clear definition, for both competitors and umpires, how certain incidents will be called in match or team racing events. Through written and illustrated examples, scenarios that occur in match or team racing events are presented along with the rules applicable to that situation and how and when they should be applied.

World Sailing Class Rules – Classes and Equipment

The most recently updated World Sailing class documentation as well as all class rules by type.

World Equipment Rules of Sailing

The Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS) govern the equipment used in the sport. They are revised and published every four years by World Sailing.

Offshore Special Regulations

The World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations govern offshore racing for monohulls and multihulls, structural features, yacht equipment, personal equipment and training. The OSR is republished every two years.


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