MD - Easton / Newman Field
Knowing sailing rules is a MUST in sailboat racing, particularly in one design and around the buoys racing. Such racing is in close proximity to other boats, many of whom are using racing tactics. A working knowledge of rules is necessary in order to make quick and correct decisions on the race course.
Generally, the “Fundamental” rules (part 1 RRS) and “When Boats Meet” rules (part 2 RRS) plus penalties and starting procedures are the most important items to know.
Interestingly, the Racing Rules of Sailing are covered in 6 pages. Seems rather simple one would think!! However, Dave Perry’s book “Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing” takes 200 larger pages to further explain the rules and gives examples.
A simplified and concise summary of the basic rules follows:
FUNDAMENTAL RULES PART 1 RRS
RACING RULES SIMPLIFIED PART 2 RRS