RYA Racing Charter

Crya charter logoompetitors should note that Sussex Yacht Club implements the RYA Racing Charter and that they will be required to undertake to sail in compliance with the Charter, which is detailed below.


To provide the framework for everyone to enjoy the sport of sailboat racing in whatever capacity and to whatever level the individual desires.

To ensure that the sport of sailboat racing welcomes all people and treats them equally.

To ensure that those who experience sailboat racing are encouraged to continue.

Principles and practices

The sport welcomes all participants; it relies largely on self-compliance and self-policing. Those that deliberately take unfair advantage of this or behave in an inappropriate manner, either on or off the water, can expect action to be taken against them.

Competitors agree to compete in compliance with the rules and behave in accordance with accepted standards of sailboat racing. When involved in a genuine dispute, all parties to the dispute and those deciding the matter will use the established procedures for achieving resolution.

Foul or abusive language, intimidation, aggressive behaviour or lack of respect for others and their property will not be tolerated.

Organizers, officials and other providers of sailboat racing agree to provide the fairest racing possible. This includes encouraging feed-back and facilitating the resolution of genuine disputes (including protests) in a timely and proper manner.

Support persons agree to encourage their competitors to behave in compliance with the above principles and practices. This Charter applies equally to those who organize, manage, coach, advise, judge, provide services and compete (including those who support competitors) in sailboat racing. The RYA encourages the adoption and implementation of this Charter, and provides guidance and support to individuals and organizations to assist implementation. This guidance and support is consistent with the practices of World Sailing. For further information, visit www.rya.org.uk/racingrules.

The Racing Charter is reproduced here courtesy of the RYA. Text updated 27 January 2017

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