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The World Sailing Question & Answer service is designed to assist World Sailing International Race Officials in applying the rules consistently.

The Q&A Service panel are appointed on an annual basis by the chairmen of the Race Officials Committee and the Racing Rules Committee.

The current members of the Q&A Panel are:

Ana Maria Sanchez del Campo Ferrer (ESP) Chairman
Lance Burger (RSA) David de Vries (AHO) Christophe Gaumont (FRA)
Russell Green (NZL) Rick Hatch (CAN) Gonzalo Heredia (ARG)
Trevor Lewis (GBR) Ricardo Lobato (BRA) Marianne Middelthon (NOR)
Takao Otani (JPN) Andrus Poksi (EST) Marina Psichogiou (GRE)
Leo Pieter Stoel (NED)

Questions may be submitted to the Q&A Panel by any International Race Official or Member National Authority (preferably through a World Sailing Race Official) via the World Sailing Office. The panel may rephrase the question for clarity and may publish the answer online if the question is considered to be of general interest.

Each published Q&A will have an expiration date. Prior to expiration, each Q&A will be reviewed by the Q&A Panel and will be recommended to the RRC and ROC for submission as a Case, Call, or rule change; for inclusion in an applicable World Sailing manual or other publication; or for extension or removal from the website.

Unlike the World Sailing Cases, which are authoritative interpretations and explanations of the rules, these answers are solely to assist Race Officials in applying the rules consistently.

Questions should be submitted to the World Sailing Office by email.

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