When getting started in the sport, many people find themselves a bit overwhelmed by the apparent complexity of the racing rules. After all, there are 92 rules, many with sub-sections and sub-sub-sections, and the book is nearly 200 pages long! That said, however, the basic rules that you really need to get started are few and relatively easy to understand.
CLICK HERE for a brief primer from Ken Quant with the Milwaukee Area Sail & Trail association that will help you get started. Feel free to download, print, and distribute at will.
CLICK HERE for an animated version of US Sailing’s “Handy Guide” to the Racing Rules. (It’s a few years behind, based on the 2009-2012 rulebook, but the changes since that time aren’t really applicable to this basic primer so it’s still a very good introductory resource)
We hope to see you on the water for our first Sail on Sundays race on May 27th!