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:


Situation
The term ‘hull’ is mentioned in several places in the Racing Rules of Sailing.

Question 1
What is the applicable definition of ‘hull’?

Answer 1
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.

Question 2
Are bowsprits, fixed or retractable, part of the hull?

Answer 2
No, unless otherwise defined in the class, rating or empirical handicap rules.

Question 3
Are the wings of a skiff, fixed or retractable, part of the hull?

Answer 3
Yes, unless otherwise defined in the class, rating or empirical handicap rules.

Question 4
Are fittings associated with the transom, the deck or any superstructure, considered part of the hull?

Answer 4
No.

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.

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