1. All races shall be on the Bermuda principle of twice to windward and once to leeward. Stake boats shall be placed one and one-half statute miles apart. Provided that the Sailing Committee of the Host club or association may:
a) order a race to be sailed three times or more to windward and twice or more to leeward, in which case the total course shall be four and one-half miles, or
b) reduce the length of the course to be sailed if in any special circumstances they shall deem it expedient so to do, in which case the time allowance shall be reduced proportionately.
2. Should any member of the crew of a dinghy object to any member of the crew of another dinghy sailing in the same race on the grounds that he is not an amateur, an objection must be made by him to the Sailing Committee of the Host club or association before the start of the race, and the Sailing Committee shall give their ruling forthwith.
3. Starting positions shall be drawn for by the Sailing Committee of the Host club or association prior to the start of the race. Where two dinghies are of the same tonnage, they shall start from opposite sides of the stake boat, and the dinghy first drawn shall have choice of sides. Smaller dinghies shall take positions ahead of larger dinghies.
4. Starting times shall be as scheduled. Only the Race Committee Chairperson may delay the start if he/she feel he/she had a reason to do so. A dinghy, which is late for a race, may join in by coming alongside the stake boat and starting in the usual manner. Morning starts shall be schedule for 11am unless otherwise scheduled. 20 knots will be considered the maximum racing wind - cancellation by 7am - Host Club or Association to inform appropriate parties. . Afternoon starts shall be scheduled for 2 pm and 4pm unless otherwise scheduled. Cancellation by 9am - Host Club or Association to inform appropriate parties.
5. A dinghy shall not haul around the bow of the stake boat, but, must fill away on the tack on which she leaves the stake boat. The Race Committee may recall a start if in their opinion a dinghy's start is prejudiced through no fault of the skipper or crew of the prejudiced dinghy.
6. A dinghy having started shall not willingly come into contact with any object for any purpose whatsoever.
7. When two dinghies, close-hauled on the same tack, are converging by reason of the leeward boat holding a better wind, and neither can claim the right of a dinghy being overtaken, the dinghy to windward, on being hailed by the dinghy to leeward when the risk of a foul seems imminent, shall keep out of the way.
8. When, two dinghies, close-hauled, converge on the opposite tacks, either can hail the other to tack. Each dinghy should immediately tack. If either refused to tack and whether or not contact occurs the dinghy refusing to tack should be disqualified. When close-hauled dinghies converge, and a hail occurs, the leeward tacking dinghy shall keep clear of the windward tacking dinghy. Close-hauled dinghies hailing to tack shall be afforded room to tack by other dinghies. If contact occurs between two close-hauled dinghies and the onus on one dinghy cannot be determined, both dinghies shall be disqualified.
9. When two dinghies are sailing close-hauled on a lee shore, rock or other obstacle so that the leeward dinghy cannot keep away or go about, the weather dinghy on being hailed shall go about, and the leeward dinghy shall go into stays at the same time. For the purposes of this rule, stake boats shall be deemed not to be an obstacle.
10. In rounding the windward stake boat, a dinghy on port tack shall hot hail a dinghy on the starboard tack to go about unless she herself has room to tack.
11. Dinghies rounding the windward or leeward stake boat shall round on the port hand. Dinghies fouling stake boats (except under circumstances provided for in Reg. B-13) shall be disqualified.
12. Dinghies on a wind shall give way to dinghies running to leeward.
13. In rounding the windward or leeward stake boat the dinghy inside shall be considered the leading dinghy. Should any dinghy cause another to foul by refusing to give sufficient room, the dinghy refusing shall be disqualified.
14. In running to leeward, but past the windward stake boat, a dinghy being overtaken on her port hand side may later her course to prevent the other or overtaking dinghy from passing on her port hand. A dinghy shall not alter her course to prevent another from passing to starboard. After passing another, a dinghy shall not alter her course until she has established sufficient lead to enable her to draw in line ahead without compelling the other dinghy to alter her course. Line ahead means a line drawn between the overtaken dinghy and the leeward stake boat.
15. The finishing line shall be an imaginary line between a distinguishing mark or flag on the stern of the windward stake boat and a buoy or other mark placed at a right angle to a line between the two stake boats and approximately 100 feet from the windward stake boat on the starboard side. A dinghy shall be deemed to have crossed the finishing line when the end of her bowsprit shall cross such line.
16. A protest can be made by any boat against another or against the Race Committee, or by the Race Committee against any boat. A protest must be made in writing to the Sailing Committee of the Host Club or Association, under the auspices of which the particular race involving the protest was held. The word 'boat' shall be taken to include the two nominated club or association members of the BFDA as well as the skipper.
17. Protests shall be lodged in duplicate with the Sailing Committee of the Host Club or Association not later than 5:00 pm of the day next succeeding the day of the race (Sundays and public holidays excepted) stating briefly the grounds of the protest and the rule under which the protest is made. A diagram of the incident shall accompany the protest. The skipper of the protested boat shall be informed in writing of the protest and the rule under which it is made by the protesting skipper.
18. A Protest Committee shall determine the result of a protest within ten days of the protest being lodged. There shall be no right of appeal. The establishment of an Appeals Committee was recommended made up of two dinghy skippers / sailors emeritus named by each club or syndicate. Members of this Committee would not be permitted to sit on Protest panels and would be invited to draft the rules related to appeals of Protest Panel decisions.
19. A dinghy which in the opinion of the Race Committee of the Host club or association has caused a breach of any of the rules, may not be disqualified from a race without a protest being lodged and a ruling being given by the Protest Committee.
20. The Race Committee of the Host club or Association shall have the power to postpone, abandon or order a race re-sailed subject to the provisions of Article 5 of the Constitution.
21. Should a dinghy entered for a race not start in that race, or having started, give up or be disabled during the race, such dinghy, in the event of the race being postponed or abandoned and ordered to be re-sailed, shall be entitled to start, but no new entry shall be accepted under any circumstances.
22. In races for challenge cups or other trophies, a dinghy shall be steered by a member of the Club or Association under whose flag she sails.