To comply with the purposes of The Access Dinghy Sailing Association, it is deemed necessary to include the following permanent alterations :

  1. Competitors in Access Dinghy events are expected to compete in accordance with recognised principals of sportsmanship and fair play.
  2. Competing sailors with right of way need to take into consideration possible delayed reaction times and possible limited maneuverability of other Access Dinghy sailors.
  3. Special consideration shall be given in conveying information and signalling to the needs of sailors with special needs be they physical, intellectual, mental or sensory disabilities.
  4. Sailors with special needs may be assisted by electronic devices including servo assist winches, radio and remote control; amends RRS 41.
  5. Instruction in Rules and Tactics and other outside assistance may be given before and during an event in divisions 3 & 4; amends RRS 41.
  6. When sailing, solo sailors to remain seated at all times with a leg on either side of the console. This rule is to prevent unreasonable shifting of body weight forward.
  7. No adjustments to the position of the centreboard are permitted during racing.
  8. Adjustments to sail area(reefing/ unreefing) are not permitted in specified divisions unless authorised by the race organisers.
  9. If the combined weight of a pair in any doubles division is below 95Kg they are deemed to be sailing solo.
  10. Notice of an intended protest must be lodged at the administration desk within 30 mins of the last boat finishing the final race in each sequence.
  11. Representation at a protest is allowable, and no protest flag or verbal use of theg PROTESTh is required, but should be made where possible.
  12. Competitors may choose to sail their own boats, pooled boats shall be allocated by ballot with consideration given to competitors special needs.
  13. The organisers shall not be responsible for the condition of boats and protests relating to breakdowns or advertising are outside the spirit of the class and will not be heard.
  14. Access Dinghy Starting Instructions will be used. See following page. 15. These rules shall be made available to all Access Dinghy regatta competitors.

Access Dinghy Starting Procedures


10.1 The race committee boat will display a blue flag while on station at the start.

10.2 The starting line will be between the mast displaying a blue flag on the race committee boat at the starboard end and the starting mark, white base with yellow flag at the port end.

10.3 Divisions will be started at approximately six minute intervals.

10.4 Rule 26, Starting Systems 1 and 2, is altered. Races will be started according to the following system:






division flag raised

1 long blast

6 minutes


three flags raised

1 short horn

3 minutes

Minute signals

one flag removed


2 then 1 minute


division flag removed

1 short horn


The warning signal division flag raised for each succeeding class shall be hoisted as soon as practicable after the starting signal of the preceding class.

  1. The preparatory signal three flags will be displayed three minutes after the warning signal, one of the flags will be lowered after one minute, and another flag after two minutes.
  2. The starting signal will be made three minutes after the preparatory signal.