AMYA Racing Rules Committee (RRC)

Introduction To The Racing Rules Of Sailing

Since early 1998, the AMYA Board of Directors has established a Racing Rules Committee (RRC)

Current AMYA RRC 2007/2008

  • Rod Carr, original rules committee chair, and AMYA founding member
  • Pete Kremlick, a US Sailing judge
  • Larry Ludwig, Region 5, yacht builder and well versed on the rules and long time AMYA member.
  • Ken Morrison, International Sailing judge
  • Peter O'Brien, a retired navy pilot and very well versed on the rules
  • Bill Worrall, editor of "Lets Race with the rules" for Model Yachting, one of the┬ábest features in MY.

The Racing Rules Committee (RRC) was tasked to establish consistency and uniformity of usage with the ISAF Racing Rules and its Appendices (especially Appendix E - Radio Sailing) as required by AMYA Regulation I.- Racing Rules, with the applicable prescriptions of the U.S. Sailing Association ( and to provide recommended Sailing Instructions which could be used by AMYA Clubs in their regatta management documentation.

A number of Board of Directors actions formed the enabling legislative basis of the work of the RRC and are presented here as background and for completeness.

a) On March 2, 1998, the Board adopted the following resolution: The AMYA adopts the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing, the ISAF Appendices, and the United States Sailing Association prescriptions in their entirety.

b) To prevent conflicts with existing AMYA rules and regulations whose removal must be affirmed in the future by a vote of the membership, the Board subsequently adopted the following, called the Order of Precedence Policy: In the event of conflicts between AMYA Rules or Regulations and the following, the following shall take precedence: the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing, the applicable ISAF RRS Appendices and the applicable USSA prescriptions.

This memorandum is provided to AMYA members and clubs to establish the sources and locations for obtaining the materials described above.


These may be obtained directly in hard copy from the Ships's Store or purchased from marine supply outlets and bookstores. The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) also are included in several excellent explanatory texts on the racing rules authored by such experts as Dave Perry, Brian Willis, Mary Pera, and Paul Elvestrom. Dave Perry's Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing is particularly recommended, and is available from US Sailing as well as other outlets.

ISAF RACING RULES OF SAILING APPENDIX E - Radio-Controlled Boat Racing Rules

The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) are available as downloads in .pdf format, and are be available in printed form from the Ships Store.


These will be included in any rule book published by US Sailing, but are not necessary if the RRS and Recommended Sailing Instructions are in hand.


The AMYA Recommended Sailing Instructions (RSI) may be purchased in hard copy from the AMYA Ships Store or downloaded from the AMYA web site. The electronic version allows the user to easily adapt/adopt those items in the RSI that fit the needs of the user, and then print out a hard copy with little typing required. The RSI are recommended sailing instructions. They are not mandatory, but are intended as a guide for local club racing of model yacht clubs, as well as for clubs who will host events drawing skippers from outside the club. Before modifying them, it is suggested that the race committee review the explanatory text that accompanies the RSI.


The documents listed above have effectively replaced the old AMYA Regatta Procedures. The Regatta Procedures are no longer REQUIRED to be used by Regatta Directors. However, some of the practical information found in the Regatta Procedures may be helpful to newly formed clubs and their members.


This short listing of Racing Rule documentation does not reflect the hours and hours of effort that have gone into the establishment of a proper basis for race management within AMYA. The members of the Racing Rules Committee have willingly shouldered this effort and should be applauded for their commitment to the improvement of model yacht racing throughout the United States. I wish to thank each and every one of them for their input and their dedication to the task at hand.

Roderick A. Carr

Chairman, Racing Rules Committee, April 1998