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Rob Overton, Chairman of the US Sailing Racing Rules Committee, has created a presentation of the Changes in the Racing Rules of Sailing that can be downloaded and viewed with Powerpoint or the Powerpoint Viewer.

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Changes to the RRS for 2013-2016

Quick Guide to rule changes for 2013-2016

The US Sailing Racing Rules Committee (RRC) is primarily responsible for proposing changes in the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) for US Sailing to submit to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). US Sailing and other National Authorities must submit to ISAF any changes which they would like to see made in the RRS. For a brief description of how the RRS are changed see How do the rules get changed? in the Rules FAQ.

The RRC is also responsible for helping to draft any US Sailing prescriptions to the RRS.

The RRC is actively seeking comments on the RRS from any interested party. Comments may be sent to US Sailing Racing Rules Committee using this form or by mail to: US Sailing Racing Rules Committee, P.O. Box 1260, 15 Maritime Drive, Portsmouth, RI 02871. Please include a clear reference to the rule at issue as well as a brief detailed description of the possible problem. A proposed solution (for example, a possible rewording of the rule) is helpful but not required.

The RRC does not interpret the RRS. In the United States, official interpretations of the RRS may only be made by the US Sailing Appeals Committee and are published in the official US Sailing Appeals Book. Internationally, official interpretations are made by a committee appointed by the ISAF Racing Rules Committee and published as the "ISAF Case Book", which is available at the ISAF Website. To obtain a copy of the RRS, look at How do I get the Rules? in the Rules FAQ. 

For more about the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016, go to Additional Resources and Links.