The Disabled Sailing Committee, IFDS (DSC) are responsible for disabled sailing worldwide. It is administered through the ISAF Secretariat in Southampton, UK.

Cruising is arguably the most commonly enjoyed sailing discipline and through it's responsibility to all areas of the sport, ISAF works with a number of organizations to defend boater rights.

ISAF promotes Oceanic and Offshore racing and cruising throughout the world. Oceanic racing is defined as any offshore race over 800 miles.

Team Racing typically consists of two teams each of three boats competing against each other. It is a fast paced racing style which depends on excellent boat handling skills and rapid tactical decision making.

A match race consists of two identical boats racing against each other. This is a one-on-one duel of strategy and tactics and the objective is simple - to be the first to cross the finish line.

Fleet racing is the most common form of competitive sailing that involves boats racing around a course.