ISORA provides owners and crew an opportunity to race offshore in a friendly, family atmosphere. Racing is always competitive but there is always a great emphasis on safety which starts with an understanding of the risks involved in offshore racing and the constant need to be aware of changing conditions and a total respect for the elements is essential to enjoying our sport in safety.
We expect competitors to race responsibly and make appropriate provision for the safety of crews and boats, and maintain equipment carefully.
All ISORA competitors will abide by the following:
- The 'Rules' (World Sailing - Racing Rules of Sailing 2021 - 2024) here and
- World Sailing Special Offshore Rules 2020-2021 - here and (some key changes here)
- The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (also known as COLREG here further information on COLREGs available on the RYA web-site here
Competitors should be familiar with and abide by the rules set out in the ISORA Racing Documents as follows:
- Notice of Race
- General Sailing Instructions (SIs)
- Supplemental Sailing Instructions (SSIs) for each race.
- Additionally, competitors should have full regard of the Code of Practice - The Safe Operation of Recreational Craft.
Inshore and Coastal races will be subject to the rules set out by 'World Sailing' Category 4. The Offshore races are generally subject to 'World Sailing' Category 3 compliance with Liferaft (3+). Longer RORC races such as the Round Ireland Race will be Category 2. The relevant Category for each race will be made clear in the Supplemental Sailing Instructions for that race.
World Sailing describe the conditions for each Category as follows:-
To check what you require for each race please refer to the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations 2020 - 2021(these are valid until December 2021. Here.
For racing in ISORA it is important that you understand the rules for racing around Waypoints and the following links are provided for reference.
Virtual Waypoints - World Sailing Guidance on Racing around Waypoints
Virtual Waypoints - Appendix WP - Rules for Racing Around Waypoints
Page updated 18th October 2020