Test Rules for Match Racing

Published on January 6th, 2016

A newly released package of test rules for match racing is a collaborative effort across the Match Race Committee, Racing Rules Committee and Umpires Sub-Committee. The aim of this package of rule changes is to simplify some of the racing rules, and in doing so improve the consistency of umpiring decisions and make the racing more spectator friendly.

This package of rule changes is derived from the rules in the 34th and 35th America’s Cup events as well as the World Match Racing Tour. A modified version of the test rules (incorporating the lessons learnt in 2015) was approved for inclusion into the 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing at the 2015 World Sailing Conference.

This package is now updated to reflect the rules as adopted for 2017-2020. World Sailing has approved the use of this amended package for 2016 subject to the conditions herein.

Briefing Document – test rule package for 2016 – published 6 Jan

Implementing World Sailing test rule package at match racing regattas in 2016 – published 6 Jan

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