Win or lose, do it fairly – Knute Rockne
The Inland Lake Yachting Association (ILYA) has begun a #FairSailing initiative to increase the level of rules knowledge and compliance. The initiative includes a Racing Rules of Sailing presentation for clubs and sailing schools to use, weekly “rule of the week” articles, a rules quiz, streamlining the protest process, and incentives for club and individual participation. SailZing is working with the ILYA and UK Sailmakers to develop the rules articles and quiz.
Over the next 12 weeks or so, we’ll publish the weekly ILYA rules articles here. You can also receive the weekly articles directly from the ILYA by subscribing to ILYA’s Scowlines.
OK, you’ve heard about #FairSailing and you’re ready to support it. But what does Fair Sailing actually mean? Do you have to be perfect in following the rules to be a Fair Sailor? Is it OK to go easy on your friends when they break a rule?
In this article, we’ll summarize the key points, answer questions, and give examples.
What Does the Rule Book Say About Fair Sailing?
The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) for 2017-2020 covers Fair Sailing in the following sections:
Basic Principles: Sportsmanship and the Rules
“Competitors in the sport of sailing are governed by a body of rules that they are expected to follow and enforce. A fundamental principle of sportsmanship is that when competitors break a rule they will promptly take a penalty, which may be to retire.”
Rule 2 – Fair Sailing
“A boat and her owner shall compete in compliance with recognized principles of sportsmanship and fair play. A boat may be penalized under this rule only if it is clearly established that these principles have been violated. The penalty shall be either disqualification or disqualification that is not excludable.”
Rule 3 – Acceptance of the Rules
“3.1 (a) By participating or intending to participate in a race conducted under these rules, each competitor and boat owner agrees to accept these rules.
(b) A support person by providing support, or a parent or guardian by permitting their child to enter a race, agrees to accept the rules.
3.2 Each competitor and boat owner agrees, on behalf of their support persons, that such support persons are bound by the rules.
3.3 Acceptance of the rules includes agreement
(a) to be governed by the rules;
(b) to accept the penalties imposed and other action taken under the rules, subject to the appeal and review procedures provided in them, as the final determination of any matter arising under the rules;
(c) with respect to any such determination, not to resort to any court of law or tribunal not provided for in the rules; and
(d) by each competitor and boat owner to ensure that their support persons are aware of the rules.
3.4 The person in charge of each boat shall ensure that all competitors in the crew and the boat’s owner are aware of their responsibilities under this rule.
3.5 This rule may be changed by a prescription of the national authority of the venue.”