RYA Racing Charter

As RYA race officials we must be familiar with it and uphold its principles:


To provide the framework for everyone to enjoy the sport of sailboat racing in whatever capacity and to whatever level the individual desires.

To ensure that the sport of sailboat racing welcomes all people and treats them equally.

To ensure that those who experience sailboat racing are encouraged to continue

Principles and Practices

The sport welcomes all participants; it relies largely on self-compliance and self- policing. Those that deliberately take unfair advantage of this or behave in an inappropriate manner, either on or off the water, can expect action to be taken against them.

Competitors agree to compete in compliance with the rules and behave in accordance with accepted standards of sailboat racing. When involved in a genuine dispute, all parties to the dispute and those deciding the matter will use the established procedures for achieving resolution.

Foul or abusive language, intimidation, aggressive behaviour or lack of respect for others and their property will not be tolerated.

Organisers, officials and other providers of sailboat racing agree to provide the fairest racing possible. This includes encouraging feed-back and facilitating the resolution of genuine disputes (including protests) in a timely and proper manner.

Coaches and other advisers agree to encourage their competitors to compete, and behave in compliance with the above principles and practices.

This Charter applies equally to those who organise, manage, coach, advise, judge, provide services and compete (including those who support competitors) in sailboat racing.

The RYA encourages the adoption and implementation of this Charter, and provides guidance and support to individuals and organisations to assist implementation. This guidance and support is consistent with the practices of the International Sailing Federation.For further information visit www.rya.org.uk/racingrules

Extract from RSS 2017-2020, E.6.3 Radio Sailing Racing Rules: A boat intending to protest shall inform the other boat at the first reasonable opportunity. When her protest concerns an incident in the racing area that she was involved in or saw, she shall hail twice ‘(Her own sail number) protest (the sail number of the other boat)’.RYA RACING CHARTER

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