‘Support person’ has been introduced as a defined term in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020. This definition includes a parent or guardian, a coach, a medical or paramedical practitioner, a boat maintainer, a personal assistant to a disabled competitor or any other person working with or assisting the sailor to prepare for or compete in a race.
Rule 3 requires a support person, including a parent or guardian of a competitor that is racing, to accept the rules. It requires also that the competitors agree that any support person is bound by the rules. Acceptance of the rules includes acceptance by a support person of any penalty imposed or other action taken under the rules, as well as of the protest, appeal and review systems provided for in the rules. Additionally, the RYA has prescribed that ‘Each competitor and boat owner shall ensure that their support persons comply with the rules.’
The RYA has produced a guidance note on Support Persons, which is below. Click on the image to read the document