ISAF Racing Rules Question and Answer Service
N 002 Q&A 2010-14
Published: 19 April 2010
Does a national authority have the right to prescribe that its approval is required for the appointment of a protest committee for races within its jurisdiction?
No. An addition to a rule is a change of a rule (see Terminology in the Introduction to the Racing Rules of Sailing). Rule 91(a) is a rule of Part 7 and rule 86.1(a) makes it clear that prescriptions cannot change a rule of Part 7.
This is different from rule 91(b), where a specific exception in the rule itself actually permits a national authority to prescribe that its approval is required for the appointment for an international jury for races within its jurisdiction (with some exceptions).