J World’ s Thursday Night Racing – Sponsored by Quantum Sails is governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing. The purpose of the racing rules is to ensure safe and fair racing. The value is that we all play by the same rules, which makes racing more fun.
The Racing Rules of Sailing
Every four years the racing rules are refreshed – and the new rules for 2017-2020 will be in force this season. The rule book is made available both by World Sailing and US Sailing. If you are a US Sailing member you can request one for free or download a free app. You can also go to World Sailing’s site and download the rules and more.
Other Important Rules
There are other important rule considerations too. There are several documents that contain rules everyone must follow. The first is the Notice Of Race. The Notice of Race (NOR) has information that sailors need to plan for a regatta. You can find the Thursday Night Racing NOR at the online notice board. The Sailing Instructions (SI’s) are written directions that describe how a regatta will be conducted. You can find the Thursday Night Racing SI’s at the online notice board. Finally, the class rules govern each individual class. While on Thursday’s we don’t inspect boats for class rules compliance we hope that you sail within the spirit of your class rules. Thursday’s are an opportunity to practice at a high level so practice like you are going to play.
Rule Compliance and Enforcement
Sailing is a self policing sport. The rules are enforced by the sailor’s themselves. One of the most important rules is that when you break a rule you take a penalty. You don’t need a referee or even a fellow competitor to tell you that you broke a rule; nor do they need to tell you that you broke a rule in order to take a penalty. It is important to remember that by participating in a race, each competitor agrees to be governed by rules.
Fair Sailing, Good Manners, Sportsmanship
Racing sailor must compete in accordance with recognized principles of fair play. They must not commit any conduct that is a breach of ood manners, a breach of good seamanship or unethical.
Sailors are encouraged to minimize their impact on the environment. There is a specific rule that prohibits putting trash in the water. Trash is anything you would throw away at home – including food items (e.g. apple cores.)