Starting in 2018, the Inland Lake Yachting Association (ILYA) and SailZing.com began to work together on the #FairSailing Initiative. This initiative was formed in response to sailor concerns that too many sailors were making rules “mistakes” and causing difficulty between competitors. A root cause assessment uncovered that too many sailors didn’t fully understand the rules or the implication of rules affecting each other. A smaller group knew the rules rather well, but could “exploit”, to their advantage, a lack of rules knowledge in other teams. By increasing knowledge of the rules broadly, the ILYA and SailZing.com hope to take big steps toward solving both issues. We continue to update the content as the rules change or new insights are discovered.
What is Fair Sailing?
Core tenets of the rules are Sportsmanship & Safety. We offer a few articles explaining why Sportsmanship matters and good behaviors to model to keep sailing fun and fair for all competitors.
- Know the Rules
- Follow the Rules
- Enforce the Rules
- Be Courteous
- Be Fair
- Be Honest
- Move On
- Help and Encourage Others
- Be Prepared
Read the article for more depth on the topic and links to examples.
We also have a section for Safety and will keep adding more relevant content to that area.
Conduct of a Race
Conduct of a Race: Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024 – Discusses various aspects of race management including starts, signals, changing the course, penalties, etc. as well as a few questions to challenge your knowledge and a link to cases.
Racing Rules plus Insights
We focused mainly on the Racing Rules of Sailing Part 2 – When Boats Meet. Obviously, this is where most issues arise. We itemize key rules and show scenario diagrams and animations to help to illustrate the rules in action.
Keeping Clear, Avoiding, Interfering
With the addition of the nimble Melges 15 class, the focus has been drawn back to the kinetics most often deployed while sailing dinghies – Opti, Laser, Ckub 420, 470, etc. College sailors are well-versed in the techniques and know that getting close to breaking the rules may be required to finish top three. But, how do you know when you’ve gone too far?
In the following articles, we depicted various rules scenarios to better illustrate some interesting cases. You should go through, and understand, the following scenarios before taking the quizzes.
Test your knowledge with several quizzes. NOTE: To participate, you need to create a free SailZing.com user account.
#FairSailing Level I Racing Rules Quiz – You’ll need to correctly answer at least 11 of the 15 questions below (at least 73%) to progress to the next unit. The 15 questions are randomly picked from a larger set.
#FairSailing Level II Racing Rules Quiz – You’ll need to correctly answer at least 7 of the 10 questions below (at least 70%) to progress to the next unit. The 10 questions are randomly picked from a larger set.
Protests, Hearings, Redress, Exoneration
Sailing Scoring Notations – When you get a penalty, how does it show up in the results? This article covers the most likely notations.