To lodge an appeal, you must have been a party to the original protest hearing.

From the time of receiving the verbal decision at the original protest hearing, you have 7 days to request the decision in writing from the protest committee.

From the time of receiving the original decision in writing, you have 15 days to lodge your appeal via the link below.

Please submit your appeal via the online application below. The online application will outline the supporting documentation that you must submit with your Appeal.

In your written appeal you must state the reasons why you believe the protest committee's interpretation of a rule, or its procedures, were incorrect in a separate document.

Appeal Application

Our appeal application is online and requires all documentation to be uploaded. If you encounter any problems with the application, please contact

To start your Appeal Application, please click on the link below:

Australian Sailing Appeal Application


Appeal Process

As soon as the Appeal Application has been completed with the required documents uploaded, a notification is sent to Australian Sailing.

Then under rule 70.5 of the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), we determine if the criteria has been met. If the response is negative, we inform the appellant. If the response is positive, we inform all the parties that we will process the Appeal and invite the parties to submit comments in a limited period of time. In the same time, we constitute an Appeal Panel of five judges.

Some additional documents can be requested after receipt of the comments by the Appeal Panel.

A decision is taken following the receipt of the comments or additional comments. The Appeal decision is sent from the Appeal Panel Chair to Australian Sailing.

Australian Sailing will send the decision to all the parties.

If you are interested in additional details, please refer to Rule 70 and Appendix R of the RRS. You can also contact us at