See rules 89.2 and 90.2. In this appendix, the term ‘race’ includes a race or series of races.
A rule in the notice of race need not be repeated in the sailing instructions.
Care should be taken to ensure that there is no conflict between rules in the notice of race, the sailing instructions and any other document that governs the event.


J1.1 The notice of race shall include the following information:

(1) the title, place and dates of the race and name of the organizing authority;
(2) that the event will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing;
(3) a list of any other documents that will govern the event (for example, The Equipment Rules of Sailing, to the extent that they apply), stating where or how each document or electronic copy of it may be obtained;
(4) the classes to race, any handicap or rating system that will be used and the classes to which it will apply, conditions of entry and any restrictions on entries;
(5) the procedures and times for registration or entry , including fees and any closing dates.
(6) the times of warning signals for the practice race, if one is scheduled, and the first race, and succeeding races if known.

J1.2 The notice of race shall include any of the following that will apply

(1) times or procedures for equipment inspection or event measurement, or requirements for measurement or rating certificates;

(2) changes to the racing rules authorized by World Sailing under rule 86.2, referring specifically to each rule and stating the change (also include the statement from World Sailing authorizing the change);

(3) changes to class rules, as permitted under rule 87, referring specifically to each rule and stating the change;

(4) categorization or classification requirements that some or all competitors must satisfy;
(a) for sailor categorization (see rule 79 and the World Sailing Sailor Categorization Code), or
(b) for functional classification for Para World Sailing events (see World Sailing Para Classification Rules);

(5) that boats will be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organizing authority (see rule 6 and the World Sailing Advertising Code) and other information related to advertising;

(6) when entries from other countries are expected, any national prescriptions that may require advance preparation (see rule 88);

(7) prescriptions that will apply if boats will pass through the waters of more than one national authority while racing, and when they will apply (see rule 88.1);

(8) alternative communication required in place of hails under rule 20 (see rule 20.4(b));

(9) any change in the weight limit for a competitor’s clothing and equipment permitted by rule 50.1(b);

(10) any requirements necessary for compliance with data protection legislation that applies in the venue of the event;

(11) an entry form, to be signed by the boat’s owner or owner’s representative, containing words such as ‘I agree to be bound by The Racing Rules of Sailing and by all other rules that govern this event.’;

(12) replacement of the rules of Part 2 with the right-of-way rules of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea or other government right-of-way rules, the time(s) or place(s) they will apply, and any night signals to be used by the race committee.

J1.3 The notice of race shall include any of the following that will apply and that would help competitors decide whether to attend the event or that conveys other information they will need before the sailing instructions become available:

(1) changes to the racing rules permitted by rule 86, referring specifically to each rule and stating the change;

(2) changes to the national prescriptions (see rule 88.2);

(3) the time and place at which the sailing instructions will beavailable;

(4) a general description of the course, or type of courses, to be sailed;

(5) the scoring system, if different from the system in Appendix A, included by reference to class rules or other rules governing the event, or stated in full. State the number of races scheduled and the minimum number that must be completed to constitute a series. If appropriate, for a series where the number of starters may vary substantially, state that rule A5.3 applies;

(6) the penalty for breaking a rule of Part 2, other than the Two- Turns Penalty;

(7) the time after which no warning signal will be made on the last scheduled day of racing;

(8) denial of the right of appeal, subject to rule 70.5;

(9) for chartered or loaned boats, whether rule G3 applies;

(10) prizes.


J2.1 Unless included in the notice of race, the sailing instructions shall include the following:

(1) the information in rules J1.3(1), (2) and (5) and, when applicable, rules J1.3(6), (7), (8), (9) and (10);

(2) the schedule of races and the times of warning signals for each class;

(3) a complete description of the course(s) to be sailed, or a list of marks from which the course will be selected and, if relevant, how courses will be signalled;

(4) descriptions of marks, including starting and finishing marks, stating the order in which marks are to be passed and the side on which each is to be left and identifying all rounding marks (see the definition Sail the Course);

(5) descriptions of the starting and finishing lines, class flags and any special signals to be used;

(6) the race time limit, if any, for the first boat to finish (see rule 35);

(7) location(s) of official notice board(s) or address of online notice board; location of the race office.

J2.2 Unless included in the notice of race, hhe sailing instructions shall include those of the following that will apply:

(1) whether Appendix P will apply;

(2) when appropriate, at an event where entries from other countries are expected, a copy in English of the national prescriptions that will apply;

(3) procedure for changing the sailing instructions;

(4) procedure for giving oral changes to the sailing instructions on the water (see rule 90.2(c));

(5) safety requirements, such as requirements and signals for personal flotation devices, check-in at the starting area, and check-out and check-in ashore;

(6) signals to be made ashore and location of signal station(s);

(7) restrictions controlling changes to boats when supplied by the organizing authority;

(8) when and under what circumstances propulsion is permitted under rule 42.3(i);

(9) restrictions on use of support person vessels, plastic pools, radios, etc.; on trash disposal; on hauling out; and on outside assistance provided to a boat that is not racing;

(10) the racing area (a chart is recommended);

(11) location of the starting area and any restrictions on entering it;

(12) any special procedures or signals for individual or general recall;

(13) approximate course length and approximate length of windward legs;

(14) any special procedures or signals for changing a leg of the course (see rule 33);

(15) description of any object, area or line designated by the race committee to be an obstruction (see the definition Obstruction), and any restriction on entering such an area or crossing such a line;

(16) boats identifying mark locations;

(17) any special procedures for shortening the course or for finishing a shortened course;

(18) the time limit, if any, for boats other than the first boat to finish and any other time limits or target times that apply while boats are racing;

(19) declaration requirements;

(20) time allowances;

(21) time limits, place of hearings, and special procedures for protests, requests for redress or requests for reopening;

(22) the national authority’s approval of the appointment of an international jury, when required under rule 91(b);

(23) the time limit for requesting a hearing under rule N1.4(b), if not 30 minutes;

(24) when required by rule 70.3, the national authority to which appeals and requests are required to be sent;

(25) substitution of competitors;

(26) the minimum number of boats appearing in the starting area required for a race to be started;

(27) when and where races postponed or abandoned for the day will be sailed;

(28) tides and currents;

(29) other commitments of the race committee and obligations of boats.