ISAF has today issued a number of interpretations of Racing Rule of Sailing (RRS) 42 (Propulsion) that will clarify the rule and make it easier for judges to enforce RRS 42 with consistency around the world.
For some time ISAF has been very concerned about the varied interpretations and enforcement of RRS 42. There were a number of submissions to the 2002 ISAF Annual Conference to address various aspects of the rule; the rule itself, class rules, sailing instructions and judges. At the ISAF Annual Conference in Cyprus, the ISAF Council appointed a working party with representation from the Classes, Officials and Racing Rules Committee to identify a way forward.
After the ISAF International Judges Conference held in Southampton, England from 21-23 March, the working party recommended that the first step is to level the playing field based on the current rule and the introduction of RRS 42 interpretations was determined.
Issued today, 14 April 2003, these RRS 42 interpretations will come into effect worldwide from 26 April 2003
. However, any event may adopt the interpretations prior to that date, provided the judges brief the competitors.
The RRS 42 Interpretations and are fully supported and approved by the chairman of the ISAF Racing Rules Committee. In due course they will be supported by video demonstration clearly identifying permitted and prohibited actions.
The ISAF RRS 42 Interpretations Booklet has today been sent by email to all delegates at the ISAF International Judges Conference, MNA's, Classes, Judges and Umpires and the booklet is also available on the ISAF website, via the link below.
This is a major initiative by ISAF to ensure a level, fair playing field for all competitors in the sport of sailing.