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Duties, Roles and experience required

Duties, Roles and Experience Required

There are a number of roles for operating club race days:

Race Officer: Needs to have experience of race organisation and rules


To organise race briefings if necessary

Set the course

Manage the race and ensure entries are properly recorded and timed

Calculate and record results

Interpret and enforce rules as necessary

Report any disputes or protests to the sailing secretary if they cannot be resolved locally

Race assistant: No sailing or racing experience required


To assist the race officer in recording boat entries and sail numbers, assist with timing, raising flags and giving sound signals (hooter).

Safety boat driver: Should be competent at driving the RIB or Rigiflex and have been instructed in basic safety around sailors in the water, manoeuvring and towing. Ideally, but not essential, hold RYA level 2 Power Boat qualification.


To ensure the safety boat is equipped with the safety tub and other necessary equipment.

Ensure that there is sufficient fuel.

Escort dinghies to the start line, towing in light conditions if necessary.

Escort dinghies back to the jetty after the race and ensure that all have returned safely.

Relay messages to sailors from the race officer if required.

Keep a lookout for boats in difficulty or capsized and ensure helm and crew are safe.

Keep in touch with the committee boat by radio.

Safety boat assistant: No experience required, but it is hoped that, if conditions permit, will be instructed in driving the boat and gain experience.


Act as a lookout for dinghies in difficulty.

Be 'an extra pair of hands' for the boat driver.

Last updated 19:49 on 25 June 2019

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