Race Official Training
Race Management / Race Officers
Sail Canada's Race Management Program has been developed to provide competent regatta management skills for volunteers organizing and running sailing competitions. The program consists of four levels.
Assistant Race Officer (ARO) - covers the duties of the recorder, mark layer, timekeeper, flag officer, signals officer, line judge and rescue crew. ARO certification requires successful completion of a clinic and demonstrated competency in the above skills. Clinics are organized annually by the provincial sailing associations (PSAs).
Club Race Officer (CRO) - covers all the duties of the on-the-water Race Committee Chairperson and Organizing Committee. Club Race Officers are capable of directing regattas or local races up to the regional level. CRO clinics are organized annually by provincial sailing associations.
National and Senior National Race Officers (NRO & SNRO) - are awarded by the Sail Canada Race Management Sub-Committee to candidates who have accumulated experience as Regatta Chairpersons at provincial or national regattas. Applicants must submit their race officer resume to Sail Canada and be recommended by their provincial sailing association.
There are seminars run during the year, most scheduled by the PSAs during the non-sailing season. Some seminars are run in conjunction with a regatta and the participants are part of the protest committee. But judges of all levels will tell you that seminars cannot replace or compete with the learning that occurs at multi-day events working in close contact with a group of senior judges or working with a mentor. Most national “seminars” occur in this manner.
To request a seminar at your club or to learn of the seminars near you, contact your Provincial Sailing Association.
Sail Canada's Umpire Program trains Canadian judges to become effective on-the-water umpires. Umpires are used in match racing and team reacing to make instant decisions on protests initiated by competitors.
There are two levels of Sail Canada umpires: the Canadian Umpire and the Canadian Senior Umpire. Both require an individual to be at least certified at the Sail Canada Canadian Judge level, to attend a Sail Canada approved umpire training clinic and to pass the Sail Canada standard umpire knowledge test. Candidates for umpire must supply two references who are either Sail Canada Umpires or US Sailing Umpires.
Training clinics are held at major Canadian match racing events.
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