Posted: 1/1/2017 1:50:03 PM
My articles started here in the Kwasind in 1997, when the Racing Rules of Sailing were completely rewritten. Every four years since then, they undergo some smaller changes. This year is no different. As far as the right-of-way rules for fleet racing are concerned, the changes this year are very minor. Almost all of the new rules mean what you thought they meant last year. As is often the case, someone has found some loopholes and World Sailing is trying to fix them. If you never found the loophole, these tweaks won’t change anything for you.
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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