“Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing through 2012”
Know thy rule book
“Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing through 2012” ($32.50, United States Sailing Association, 2008) by Dave Perry contains the complete text of the 2009-2012 International Sailing and US Sailing Prescriptions, with a detailed explanation of new rules that apply at marks and obstructions. To keep from getting too bogged down by legalese and technical jargon, the book is complemented with side boxes pointing out the finer points of the racing rules. Readers will also find more than 100 quotes and references to US Sailing and ISAF cases.
Dave Perry, who grew up sailing on Long Island Sound, has a long sailing resume that includes, most recently, having been rules advisor to the 2008 U.S. Olympic sailing team. www.ussailing.org
This article originally appeared in the May 2009 issue.