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7Jan/090

2009 Racing Rules of Sailing

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 The International Sailing Federation revised and  published the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-  2012 and as of January 1, 2009 they are in effect.  Whether you race or want to begin racing you’ll  need to familiarize yourself with the changes and  be sure you have them handy. Here are a few  ways you can get your hands on the latest edition:

Review

  • If you’re looking for a way to get in-depth instruction and tactical insight from sailing champions, instructors and writers find a Racing Rules Seminar in your area. Racing Rules Seminars are hosted by North U in a variety of locations across the U.S.
  • If you want to get started racing or need to review rules and tactics visit the Introduction To Racing page where helpful videos provide visual instructions on the basics of racing.
  • Think your ready to race? Take a quiz to see how your racing know-how matches against a variety of racing situations.

Reference

You’ve got your 2009-2012 edition rule book, you've browsed the changes and you're ready for more. If you don't want to attend a seminar and you lack a racing coach, or even if you do, there are several titles that can convey the ins and outs and whys of the racing rules. Here are a couple recommended ones:

  • Paul Elvstrom Explains the Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012 by Paul Elvstrom will take the reader through the latest rule amendments with color-coded interpretations. Illustrations accompany explanations and you can follow along you’re your complimentary plastic boats. Includes race signals and summary of recent rules changes.
  • Getting Started in Sailboat Racing by Adam Cort will walk the beginner racer through the fundamentals of a typical race from the start line, around the buoy and back to the finish line. Tactics and explanations are illustrated.
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