Meaning of ‘hull’ in the racing rules
Published on May 13th, 2021
The Racing Rules of Sailing Questions and Answers are published on the World Sailing website as a joint responsibility of the Racing Rules Committee and the Race Officials Committee. This Q&A from the 2021-2024 rules concerns the meaning of ‘hull’ in the Racing Rules of Sailing:
The term ‘hull’ is mentioned in several places in the Racing Rules of Sailing.
What is the applicable definition of ‘hull’?
The term ‘hull’ is not defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing, therefore, under the introduction/terminology, the word is used in the sense ordinarily understood in the nautical or general use.
Are bowsprits, fixed or retractable, part of the hull?
No, unless otherwise defined in the class, rating or empirical handicap rules.
Are the wings of a skiff, fixed or retractable, part of the hull?
Yes, unless otherwise defined in the class, rating or empirical handicap rules.
Are fittings associated with the transom, the deck or any superstructure, considered part of the hull?
Disclaimer: Q&As reflect the opinion of experienced race officials; they are not authoritative interpretations of the rules. Q&As only address the specific question and not all of the factors a protest committee will need to consider in a hearing.