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Rules in Practice has been the best-selling guide to the racing rules for the last 40 years. Now, in its 10th edition, it has been updated for (and contains in full) the 2021-2024 Racing Rules of Sailing and features a brand new chapter on the luffing rules and how they are being applied. The latest rule changes are also described, along with their impact on you as a sailor.


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With over 20 new scenarios, reflecting the courses we now sail, it is as up-to-date and relevant as the first edition was in 1985.

Unlike other rules guides which take you through the rules in order, this book tackles the subject from the sailors’ point of view. It takes you around the race course, from start to finish, through the key situations that occur repeatedly showing, from the point of view of each boat in turn, what you may, must, or cannot do.

You don’t have to know all the rules off by heart, but you do need to know your rights and obligations on the water – the rules can be looked up afterwards. This knowledge will build your confidence while racing and enable you to make the most of opportunities when they arise.

Colour diagrams throughout ensure concepts are easily understood.

If you are going to buy one rule book – make it this one!

For post-publication changes to the rules by World Sailing (most notably of trapeze harness weight – Rule 50.1(b)) please click on ‘Additional Resources’.

“Takes readers through the key situations that occur repeatedly on the race course. The latest rule changes are highlighted along with their impact on sailors. This book helpfully contains the new racing Rules of Sailing in full, with all the appendices, all for little more cost than a copy of the racing rules alone.” Yachting Life

“Bryan Willis’ approach is situation-based and practical, rather than rules-based and technical… Under the diagrams that clearly set out each on-the-water situation, he carefully takes the reader through what each boat can and can’t do, as well as how their rights and obligations change at each stage… The text is peppered with useful tactical insights and tips… Get it now BEFORE someone who has it, and has studied it, protests you out of your next race!” Sailing Magazine

“An excellent book: ideal for all sailors who race, or are thinking of racing.” Little Ship Club

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