Racing Rules of Sailing

Every four years, in the year following the Olympic Games, World Sailing (which used to be known as the International Sailing Federation - ISAF) issues a revised edition of the racing rules which are endorsed by US Sailing. The revised rules will take effect January 1, 2017.


The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 (RRS) has been made available to download online ahead of the worldwide date of implementation on January 1, 2013. The RRS are the definitive rules which govern sailing races around the world. The new edition of the RRS is available with the changes noted. We will race under the RRS with the US Sailing prescriptions (not yet available online).

The RRS book with prescriptions may also be purchased from US Sailing and is provided free to members.

The ISAF Case (appeals) Book is available online. The US Sailing Appeals book is also available online to US Sailing members. Neither have been updated for new rules, but are still applicable.

US Sailing protest form in pdf format.