Ten RRS Commandments

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The ISAF President, Paul Henderson, has recommended the following highly simplified racing rules for club competition.

Ten Racing Rule Commandments from ISAF's President

  1. Port keeps clear of starboard
  2. Windward keeps clear of leeward
  3. The boat astern keeps clear of the boat ahead
  4. A boat Tacking or Jibing keeps clear of one that is not
  5. Avoid collisions. Racing Rules are defensive to prevent collisions not offensive racing tactics
  6. If you gain right of way or change course, give the other boat time to keep clear
  7. The inside boat(s) at two boat lengths from the mark is entitled to room to round the mark
  8. A boat that is backing up or not racing keeps clear
  9. If you have violated a rule, take a penalty
  10. It is better to give way than to spend hours in a protest room.

I like them very much, but feel that one or two don't quite hit the spot for our radio sailing.  With complete disregard for the fact that I almost certainly know but a fraction of what Paul knows, here are 10 that I think are closer to home.

Ten Racing Rules for Radio Sailing

1 Port keeps clear of starboard
2 Windward keeps clear of leeward
3 Astern keeps clear of a boat ahead
4 Keep clear while tacking or gybing
5 When you gain right of way, or when you change course, give other boats time to keep clear
6 Give room to (all) the inside boat(s) to round the mark
7 Give room to a boat avoiding an obstruction
8 Do not barge in at the start
9 If you have violated a rule, take a penalty;  and don't wait to be called
10 It is better to give way and avoid a collision, or take a penalty, than to protest

Of course, if you'd prefer a more complete set of basic rules, without going the whole nine yards, here is a suggestion for a guide.


2022 Lester Gilbert