In order to help newcomers to sailboat racing, ISAF have produced a one page set of Introductory Rules for Racing complete with some explanatory diagrams.
The aim of the Introductory Rules for Racing is simple; make as it easy as possible for people to start racing. Consequently the Introductory Rules are as basic as possible, although they remain compatible with the principles and fundamental rules in the full ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).
Initially the Introductory Rules are experimental and ISAF invites organizations involved in race training to apply to trial the rules and to provide their comments and recommendations on them. It is hoped that the development of these Introductory Rules will progress sufficiently to make them generally available before the end of 2008.
The Introductory Rules are being developed as part of Objective 2 of the ISAF Strategic Plan to encourage new entrants to racing and to ensure the rules are not a barrier to participation. ISAF intend that people of all ages can race using these rules without needing any knowledge of the full RRS.
If your organization would like to trial the Introductory Rules for Racing please go to the contact page of the ISAF website at www.sailing.org/contactisaf and click 'Training and Development Enquiries'.