Posted: 1/1/2013 1:55:46 PM
Every fourth year in the year after the summer Olympic Games, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) issues a new rule book.  As I start into my seventeenth year of writing these articles, this will be my fifth cycle of these changes.  There are many very minor changes this year.  Most of them will make no difference to the way most people sail.  For some, I will say the same thing that I said four years ago, “To know why the rule has changed, you sometimes have to recognize some loophole or confusing part of the older rule. If you didn’t understand the old loophole, it is a bit late to learn it now. As I go through the changes in the rules this year, I will try to not to concentrate too much on the older rule, but I will have to highlight the changes for those of you who understood the old rule.”
by Andrew Alberti
This page provides links to a set of articles original published in Kwasind magazine. The versions here include animated diagrams. The original articles can be found within the original magazines which are available online back to January 2007. 

Articles before December 2016 are based on the Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-12 or 2013-2016 and have not been updated to reflect the changes that apply as of January 2017 with the publication of the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-20. A copy of the new rules can be found on
Andrew Alberti has been writing these monthly articles in the Kwasind since early 1997.  They explain the Racing Rules of Sailing. Andrew is a National Judge and National Umpire. He is a member of the Sail Canada Rules and Appeals Committees. The interpretation of the rules contained in the articles is Andrew's and not that of the RCYC or any of the committees he sits on. 

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