Racing Rules


The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020

The Racing Rules of Sailing govern the sport. They are revised and published every four years by World. To download a PDF copy directly from World Sailing click here. The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017 – 2020, including Irish Sailing prescriptions can be ordered from the Irish Sailing shop here.

Every sailor should have a copy of the Racing Rules of Sailing with Irish Sailing Prescriptions 2017 – 2020.

Study Version of RRS 2017-2020 which details the changes with an explanation click here


Protests and Appeals

World Sailing RRS 2017-2020 protest forms

How-to-Appeal-2017 corrections

Irish Sailing Prescriptions to Racing Rules 2017-2020


Anti-Doping

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.

Irish Anti-Doping Rules


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.

To download the full Case Book including the most recent supplements click here.


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 on this page click here. 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. To download the Call Books for Match and Team Racing 2009-2012 including the most recent supplements click here.


World Sailing Class Rules – Classes and Equipment

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


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. Details here.


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 and the latest edition is for 2016-2017.

On this page you can download the regulations and view the interpretations of the World Sailing Special Regulations Sub-Committee.