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The best way of dealing with incidents (rules disputes) on the water, if no boat takes a penalty at the time, is to offer a choice of:
(i) an ADVISORY HEARING
(ii) a PROTEST HEARING
The aim is to encourage everyone to follow The Racing Rules of Sailing.
More detailed information of the ChiFed modification to the RYA Alternative Disputes Resolution, can be found here or, for the original, on the RYA website under “Rules Disputes Best Practice
The RYA has produced a Rules Disputes Best Practice (www.rya.org.uk/general/rulesdisputes <http://www.rya.org.uk/general/rulesdisputes>) to help clubs, race officials and sailors ensure that racing is carried out in an enjoyable way within the Racing Rules of Sailing. The background to this is that:
The RYA has addressed this with new Rules Disputes procedures, of which the main elements are as follows:
The RYA protest form on the RYA Website has been modified to deal with Arbitration. To bring this into force:
To help this process, the RYA offers a day’s training at local venues for potential Rules Advisers. This is not a formal qualification, and the decision as to who shall be a Club’s Rules Adviser(s) is purely for the Club. The course is aimed at (a) the process of running an advisory hearing or an arbitration hearing, and (b) the techniques of ‘finding facts’ – establishing what happened. This course cannot hope to teach all the rules themselves, although there is plenty of practical work to get experience of applying the rules to the facts.