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Topic: Rules
Posted By: zailor
Subject: Rules
Date Posted: 04 Nov 10 at 7:48pm
Simple-(ish) Question

Are the racing rules for dinghies the same as for Yachts?

I.E Rule 18, 3 boat length zone, so on.

Port vs Starboard is the same IRPCS and so on but I want to know if there are any differences with racing rules.

I know for example engines must be off on the Preparatory signal? (query)

Posted By: alstorer
Date Posted: 04 Nov 10 at 8:29pm

There is one rule book. It covers, with appendices for certain types of racing, everything. Radio controlled models to round the world multihulls. Team racing, match racing, fleet racing. Sailboards follow the same rules.

Rule 42 covers engines (it isn't just about pumping, ooching and sculling)- and is on from the Prep signal.

The rule book is available for free, in pdf form, on, the ISAF website.


Posted By: Presuming Ed
Date Posted: 05 Nov 10 at 9:46am
It's one of the challenges for the rule writers.  The rules have to be equally applicable to maxis and Optimists. 

Posted By: alstorer
Date Posted: 05 Nov 10 at 12:01pm
Which is why they allow certain rules to be changed or deactivated by (variously, and it is listed who can change them) Class Rules, Event Sailing Instructions and National Authority Prescriptions.


Posted By: zailor
Date Posted: 05 Nov 10 at 4:54pm
So my RYA Racing rules explained book will do me from oppie sailing to the volvo ocean race =P

Ok maybe too broad a scale but dinghy racing and cruser, round the cans race = same rules (more or less) Many thanks

Posted By: JimC
Date Posted: 05 Nov 10 at 5:13pm
Read in conjunction with:-
the Sailing Instructions,
the RYA Racing Charter (if applicable or equivalent)
the relevant National Authority's Prescriptions (if applicable)
any recent updates to the Racing Rules that postdate your book
the National Authority's casebook (if applicable)
the ISAF case book
the Class rules (if applicable)

then yes...

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