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Rules and appeals

The Yachting New Zealand Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 contains the World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing and selected appendices, including important changes from the 2013-2016 rules and the Yachting New Zealand prescriptions.

The 2017-2020 Yachting New Zealand Racing Rules of Sailing can be purchased from the Yachting New Zealand online shop. For yacht clubs wishing to purchase the book, contact Yachting New Zealand directly.

The World Sailing version of the Racing Rules of Sailing can be viewed electronically, click here to view them (including rule changes, corrections and updates)

Appendices not included in the Yachting New Zealand book (E, G, H, J, K, L & N) are available on the World Sailing website.

Corrections and updates

Downloadable sections of the rule book which have been corrected or updated:

Resources from World Sailing

World Sailing have established a page listing all the documents referenced in the racing rules book.

Resources include:

  • Call book for match racing

  • Call book for team racing

  • Interpretations of rule 42

  • World Sailing offshore special regulations

World Sailing provide a Question & Answer service designed to assist World Sailing Race Officials in applying the rules consistently. The answers are published on the World Sailing website.

Click here for more information about the Q&A.

Prescriptions and addenda


Click here to download a Protest Form


As per the procedure outlined in appendix R (page 133) of the Yachting New Zealand publication of the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020, Yachting New Zealand prescribes that:

  1. Appeals should be lodged on the prescribed form available from Yachting New Zealand. Click here to download an appeal form. Completed forms can be returned to: C/- Colin Rickett, Yachting New Zealand, PO Box 331487, Takapuna, Auckland 0740 or fax (09) 360 2246 or email

  2. When no written decision on your appeal is received within 15 days of a request being made, in accordance with rule 65.2, an appeal shall be lodged not later than 21 days after the request is made unless the appeals panel at their discretion consider in the circumstances it is fair to extend this time limit.

  3. A fee of $105 shall be payable to Yachting New Zealand upon filing an appeal. Payment should be made by cheque (payable to Yachting New Zealand) or by credit card.

  4. The protest committee shall supply the information required by R3 of this appendix within 15 days of receiving a request to do so from Yachting New Zealand.

  5. Yachting New Zealand will act as appropriate under rule 71.2 if the protest committee fails to meet their obligations under R3.

If you require further information on the appeals process, please contact Yachting New Zealand.

Recent appeal decisions

Decisions are available as downloadable documents by clicking here:

  • Appeal #79 - First Priority vs Kick

  • Appeal #77- Mojo vs Savante

  • Appeal #76- Patere vs Hard Labour

  • Appeal #75- Request for rule interpretation

  • Appeal #74 The Rascal vs Rocket Science

  • Appeal #72 Phyler vs Passion

  • Appeal #71 Panama Jack vs Simple Minds

  • Appeal #70 Swamp Dog vs. Whangarei Cruising Club Protest Committee

  • Appeal #69 Flash Gordon v Royal Akarana Yacht Club Protest Committee

Rule 69 complaints commissioner decisions

World Sailing advertising code

The rules that prescribe advertising on boats when racing is contained in World Sailing regulation 20, advertising code, and the applicable class rules.

The right to display advertising on a boat is automatically granted to all Yachting New Zealand classes and to events sailed in New Zealand that are not subject to World Sailing regulation or

Any advertising that is displayed on a Yachting New Zealand class boat shall comply with World Sailing regulation 20 (World Sailing advertising code). In addition, any advertising that is displayed on a boat sailing in an event in New Zealand shall comply with World Sailing regulation 20 (World Sailing advertising code).

The following national classes have restricted the amount of advertising that can be displayed on a boat to manufacturers and sailmakers marks in accordance with World Sailing regulation 20.9:

  • 3.7

  • P Class

  • Phase 2

  • R Class

  • Zephyr

  • Noelex 22