Then visit our Tactics Lite page
Nevertheless it might be useful to have a closer look at our page Rules Crashcourse
The 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) have been finalized and published on the internet. These rules come into effect on January 1, 2017. The complete text can be found at the World Sailing Site. As in previous rulebooks, all changes from the previous version of the rules are indicated by change bars in the margins. But the change bars won't do you much good, as they don't indicate what changes were made. And even if you do a word-by-word comparison, you still generally won't know why the change was made.
Therefore we recommand the Study Version of the Racing Rules at the World Sailing Site. That document shows all the changes in red; but also, if you click on the last word of the change (in blue), you can read the submission that led to the change. The submission shows what wording was originally proposed and, more importantly, the reasons given to the World Sailing Racing Rules Committee that caused that committee to adopt the change.
If you do look at the study version, you'll see a lot of red, especially near the beginning of the rulebook and at rule 69. From this, you might conclude that the new rules are a huge revision of the 2013-2016 rules; but for most sailors, the changes are extremely minor.
You can find a good summary of all the changes at the page of the US Sailing Federation written by Dave Perry: Commentary to the new RRS by Dave Perry
and relate with many gestures that they would have won the regatta if Miller, who is always so lucky, hadn't caught a gust and if Charles hadn't been so aggressive at the start.
This site is for people who want to improve their performance; who know that a good result is no coincidence, but the result of hard work.
In your enthusiasm for this subject, it should not be forgotten that regatta tactics are only one, and not the most important, aspect of regatta sailing (find out more on the Introduction page).
Another advantage of an online tactics manual is that we don't have to wait for a next edition if we discover a mistake or realise we have forgotten something.
Naturally, it could be that you have already heard most of what you can see here elsewhere – but are you really applying it?
In every tactics manual it states that before the start, the wind direction should be measured and recorded at regular intervals. Valuable information can be gained about the current wind situation from these records during a race. But how often have you actually done it?
Its much easier to moan at the de-brief that you were unlucky to be on the wrong side at the starting point, so had no chance of catching up with the leaders in this race.
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