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Racing Rules of Radio Sailing is Published Thanks to Pioneering Work of Irish Umpire Gordon Davies

19th March 2021
The new Call Book is the only authoritative for Radio Sailing sailed under the Racing Rules of Sailing
The new Call Book is the only authoritative for Radio Sailing sailed under the Racing Rules of Sailing Credit: WS

Racing between radio controlled sailing boats continues to develop as an important part of world sailing and now thanks to ten years of work by Ireland's Gordon Davies and others this branch of the sport now has its own dedicated 'Call Book'.

Download a pdf of the book below

Radio-controlled racing attracts competitors of all ages and experience, from school and junior sailors to experienced sailors who may have retired from racing dinghies or keelboats. Racing can take place on small ponds or large lakes or, occasionally, on open water.

Gordon Davies Race JudgeInternational Judge Gordon Davies who hails from Bray Sailing Club in County Wicklow Photo: Afloat

Davies, a former Racing Rules Chairman of the International Radio Sailing Association, with input from many sailors and officials, led the development that resulted in the publication of the first case book (as it was then titled) in 2015. 

Since then the interpretations have been developed and refined to resolve problems arising at events and to address some practices that had grown over time and were not consistent with the RRS and authoritative WS publications.

In 2020 the copyright of the Call Book was transferred by the original authors to World Sailing (WS). This is the first edition approved by World Sailing.

This edition updates the calls to ensure compliance with the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021 – 2024; it also introduces new calls and fine-tunes the existing text.


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