John's RC Sailing Rules and Tactics

These articles are written for 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) 2021 - 2024 that came into effect Jan 1, 2021.

Here is a quick summary of the major changes in the new RRS 2021-2024 - here

The articles are organised into a series of chapters that 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.

Radio Sailing under the RRS 2021 - 2024.

Chapter 1: The Definitions - For beginners – Racing 101 – Some sailing terms explained

Chapter 2: Starts

Chapter 3: Rule 18 and the Weather Mark

Chapter 3 - bonus Weather Mark - the 'dreaded' Marks to Stbd

Chapter 4: Hailing and other rules

Chapter 5: Rule 18 and the Downwind Gate

Chapter 5-bonus: Tactical Roundings and Proper Course at a Downwind Mark

Chapter 6: The Finish Getting to the line, and after - your race is not over yet

Chapter 7: The Protest How and when to protest, and what happens in the hearing

Chapter 7-bonus Third Party Protests and Racing with Observers

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

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.