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    Posted: 31 Jul 20 at 2:42pm
Recently I've been studying the updates to the Racing Rules of Sailing. I've put together an explanation of the changes here: https://dinghyracingtips.com/blog/changes-to-racing-rules-of-sailing-2021-2024/

I'm sure this could be improved with your feedback. If you have a sec to gives this a read it would be much appreciated. 
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John 

You need to look at more than just the changes in Part 2 if you want to understand the new rules.  

For example, whilst the old rule 21 has been deleted, more or less the same text (I haven't checked exactly) can now be found in new rule 43.1(b). 

Likewise the old rule 14.1(b) is now in 43.1(c). 

(What's happened here is that all of the old rules that exonerated a boat for breaking a rule have been moved into the new rule 43 so that they are all in one place). 

The change from "entitled to room or mark-room" to "sailing within the room or mark-room to which she is entitled" in rule 14 is more than superficial. Previously a boat that was entitled to room or mark-room could claim this exemption even if she wasn't sailing within the room or mark-room to which she was entitled. Now she can't. 

If you haven't already done so, I would recommend reading the World Sailing submissions that led to the changes in the rules - they will not only help you discover whether text has been deleted or simply moved, but will also help you understand why the rule change was proposed in the first place. 

In the past World Sailing published a study version of the new rules which not only provided a mark-up of the changes (so that you could see what had changed) but also included the original submission that led to the change. This didn't normally come out until some months after the new rules were first published, and given the Covid situation may be even later this time (if it is published at all). 

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Thanks Graham that's very useful. I thought I'd get something out and adjust it based on other's knowledge/ reading the rest of the book. So your feedback is much appreciated. 

There seems to have been a few transplants of rules. And your analysis of Rule 14 makes sense. I'll add this stuff in when I get a minute. Thanks again
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Interesting that the rules usually change at the end of an Olympic cycle, which hasn't happened yet. Was half expecting them to be delayed by a year.
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John Brooker

Thank you for your detailed work in identifying changes to the rules.

I haven't got my head around all the changes yet, but I think that your conclusion that 'most changes to Racing Rules of Sailing 2021 are slight' is correct, at least as far as the When Boats Meet Part 2 rules and the procedural effects on ordinary sailors.

There are some moderately significant changes that will affect race management and documentation and some protest an redress processes, which are probably of more concern to race officials than to competitors.

As Graham has said, I don't think you have fully grasped the interactions involved in some of the changes, particularly the replacement of rule 21 by rule 43.

You might be assisted by the discussions of the racingrulesofsailing.org forum https://www.racingrulesofsailing.org/posts?forum_id=1.

Why did you post this general racing rules topic in Dinghy Technique instead of the Racing Rules forum?

Some comments on your three 'headline' changes.

'Hull of primary importance': I agree and well put. Note that this also affects trapezing crew on a boat reaching down the starting line.

'Infringing in the zone': As Graham has pointed out, you are off beam on this one: exoneration has not been removed, it is now consolidated into rule 43. There is no really significant change affecting the way competitors shoudl sail.    And by the way boat's don't 'infringe': they break the rules.

'More Power to SI writers': I would argue that the two matters you highlight are trifling: they were certainly not intended to give more 'power' to race committees. Of somewhat more interest to race document writers is the new requirements that certain rule changes and other matters be included in NOR, rather than SI.

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Hi Rupert, I'm sure there was a debate about pushing the release back. In the circumstances it does appear to make sense but perhaps World Sailing aren't confident of the Olympics going ahead next year. The changes are slight so the change shouldn't impact the games too much. 
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Cheers Brass. Yes, I haven't got round to reading the full rule book yet but the changes do seem slight on the whole. I don't plan to include changes related to race management just because the post is meant for sailors who don't want to have to read the book with a fine tooth comb to find what's relevant to them.

I had thought I had updated the article with the note on Rule 43 which I hadn't got to at the time of writing. However, the article seemed not to update. Hopefully it has now.

On your point about the forum, I posted it on here because I didn't know there was a rules forum. I may post it on there later.

Thanks for the notes on my main 3 points. 

Also, you seem to be correct on the use of the word 'infringe' since it's not in the RRS. Do you know why that is? It seems correct from a grammatical point of view since the two words appear relatively synonymous. 
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Timing of Change

As John B says, given that changes in When Boats Meet part 2 rules are almost negligible, I guess WS thought that sticking to the four year cycle, which will get back in sync for the 2024 Olympics, was preferable.

Infringement

Infringement was removed from the RRS in the 1995 re-write, presumably because it is a long complicated wishy-washy euphemism.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Paramedic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Aug 20 at 11:13am
They could I suppose use the old rules for the rescheduled games. 
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I think really they'd need to be using the old rules for all the build up events too, be awfully complicated.
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