John's RC Sailing Rules and Tactics
These articles are written for the beginner to intermediate RC Yacht Racing Sailors yet may be a good refresher for those with more experience. They have been updated to reflect the Racing Rules of Sailing (the RRS) 2017 - 2020.
The articles start with some basics, and then lead you around the race course from the Start, to the Weather Mark, the Downwind Gate, and the Finish. The Hailing article covers various rules around the Race Course. There are a couple of Bonus items that discuss issues like the difference between Proper Course, Mark Room and Right of Way(ROW); what happens in a Protest Hearing; and to avoid a protest hearing, how to take a Penalty Turn.
Finally, there is a summary of the changes in the RRS 2017 -2020, and a closer look some of the changes to R 18 and especially R 18.3
Chapter 1: The Definitions - For beginners – Racing 101 – Some sailing terms explained
Chapter 2: Starts
Chapter 3: Rule 18 and the Weather Mark
Chapter 4: Hailing
Chapter 5: Rule 18 and the Downwind Gate
Chapter 5-bonus: Tactical Roundings and Proper Course at a Downwind Mark
Chapter 6: The Finish
Chapter 7: The Protest
Chapter 8: Proper Course Proper Course vs ROW vs Mark Room
Chapter 9: The Penalty Turn- a look at when and how to take a penalty
A Summary of changes in the RRS 2017 - 2020 here
More detail on the changes to RRS 18, especially 18.3 here
We have a discussion forum for the RRS on RC Groups Sailing forum. If you have any questions about the racing rules, please click in this link RC GROUPS sailing forum to post them so everyone may participate in the discussion.