A new app has been launched by the RYA and World Sailing, giving sailors a one stop shop for the 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing.

Sailors around the world can now refer to the 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing via a new app.

Developed by the RYA and World Sailing, the World Sailing Rules app is free.

As well as racing rules, it will also include associated documents when they become available.

These include:

Equipment Rules of Sailing
World Sailing Case Book
RYA Case Book
World Sailing Q&As
Team Racing Call Book
Match Racing Call Book
Offshore Special Regulations

Over the last six years, the RYA has used eBook technology to create a comprehensive library of interactive eBooks.

The RYA publications manager, Steen Ingerslev, believes the app will give sailors “additional confidence” when heading to the protest room and all the information they need at their finger-tips.

“We are extremely excited about this new app. Not only will you be able to access the rules and the associated cases in a quick, easy and very portable format when you need it, but we are also working with participating Member National Authorities (MNAs) to submit their rules and associated documents over the coming months, so that we end up with one integrated eBook linking rules and cases in multiple languages,” he explained.

The Integrated eBook is the tool in the app enabling the user to navigate seamlessly between rules and cases, highlighting a number of cases per rule in both overview and full case details formats.

It is available to purchase in-app and includes a rules mode in the settings to display Windsurfing, Team, Match, Radio or Kiteboard Racing amendments for the user’s convenience.

There are also useful features such as a simple to navigate search function to find all relevant rules and equipment rules and pop-ups for all definitions where they are referenced in the text.

These pop-ups help refer back to the detail of the definition without navigating off the page.

World Sailing chief executive officer Andy Hunt commented: “In an age where we’re never without a mobile device, the need to deliver information in a well presented, easy to access manner has never been more important.”

“In partnership with the RYA, we have created a dynamic World Sailing App that brings together the documents that govern the sport, acting as a one stop shop for all,”  he continued.

“User friendly, the World Sailing App helps to meet the needs and requirements of national and international sailors and officials, ensuring they never leave home without the Racing Rules of Sailing and other key documents,” added Hunt.

The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 and the Equipment Rules of Sailing are available now in the app, both in the integrated eBook and as basic free eBooks.

The RYA and World Sailing Case Books will be added in due course, followed by the other documents in the spring.

Additional languages will be added as and when other MNAs come on board.

The World Sailing App can be downloaded through the App Store and the integrated eBook is available as an in-app purchase.

It will be available at Google Play and the Windows Store in due course.