The Appeals Committee considers and decides appeals; answers questions from US Sailing member organizations regarding interpretations of the racing rules; when requested, reviews decisions of Association Appeals Committees; publishes selected decisions of the Appeals Committee; recommends changes in the racing rules to the Racing Rules Committee; and submits US Sailing appeals for adoption by ISAF as Cases.
If you have a question about filing an Appeal, you can read the Appeals Committee FAQ.
How to file an Appeal
The rules about appeals are in The Racing Rules of Sailing, Part 5, Section D, rules 70 and 71, and in Appendix R, a US Sailing prescription. Rule R1 explains where to file an appeal or request. All appeals are filed with US Sailing. Those that are to be considered by an Association Appeals Committee are forwarded by US Sailing to the appropriate organization. Rule R2 explains how to appeal or make a request.
Appeals can be sent to US Sailing by email. The email address to send an appeal to is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If sending a fee required by rule R3.3, etiher a check can be mailed or fee paid by credit card online.
These provisions may be used as an expedited appeals process for US Sailing Protected Competition, as defined in US Sailing Regulation 12.03 and permitted by Regulation 12.03, Section B, Procedures for Protected Competitions. Link to Document.
Ombudsman for Filing a Grievance or Appealing a Rule 69 Decision
Do you have questions about the process for filing a grievance under Regulation 15or an appeal of a rule 69 decision? An ombudsman is now available to help racing sailors understand what procedures to follow when filing a grievance or an appeal of a rule 69 decision. The ombudsman is Bob Lane. Anyone who has questions about the filing processes may contact Bob Lane by email email@example.com.
This position was created by the US Sailing Board of Directors to provide sailors with quick answers to their questions and to help them avoid the pitfalls associated with these processes.