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.

The Appendix contains short topics, usually based on answers to questions that have appeared in various forums.

Radio Sailing under the RRS 2021 - 2024

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

Chapter 1 - bonus - Simplified racing rules for beginners

Chapter 2: Starts How to get a better start

Chapter 3: Rule 18 and the Weather Mark How to gain (or not lose) places at a busy mark rounding

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

Chapter 4: Hailing and other rules

Chapter 5: Rule 18 and the Downwind Gate Go left or go right?

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

Appendix - a collection of short items

A. Mark Room and Depth Perception - When things go wrong!

B. When is 'Tacking too close' too close?



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.