Race Officer Duties


Please see Duty Folder in Starter Box for advice on duties, suggested race courses and club boat hire.

Turn up at least 1½ hours before the start of the First Race.

Ascertain weather forecast either before you arrive or use club computer.

Set a course on the board with the weather forecast, height and time of high tide, taking into account the direction of the wind.

Put up the aerial and connect to the radio in the Starters Box. Check the Base Radio and the Handheld Portables are working and undertake radio check of fixed and hand held with patrol boat.

Position the hooter on the race office counter and test. Get out the Start Line pole, flag boards, signing on forms for both lasers and other boats, penalty turns/retirement form, binoculars and chronometers.

Brief the Patrol boat crew on the course to be laid and the required number of buoys for the course to be set. Ensure that there are enough people changed to safely launch the Patrol boat and standby to receive advice from course layers regarding conditions. If a course change is necessary post flag “ L “ with 2 sound signals and change the course on the board.

The Race Officer should be familiar with the Emergency Plan as displayed on notice board.

Ensure the safety of the fleet (be vigilant at all times and remain in touch with the patrol boat).

RACE RECORDING SHEET – It is essential that the Race Officer and/or Assistant Race Officer provide clear, legible race results noting:-

a. The timing for each lap for all boats

b. If a boat is OCS (on course side) DNF (did not finish) DNS (did not start) RAF (retired at finish) DNC (did not compete – this means did not sail in starting area between 5 min signal and 5 mins after the start).

At Force 4 or a declining sea state ensure that all Club Boats come ashore.

If the Patrol boat is overwhelmed with capsized boats needing assistance, the race should be abandoned. Advise them that a damaged boat should be anchored until it can be retrieved safely with the assistance of more people.

Ensure that all boats have returned to shore safely before instructing the Patrol boat to return ashore.

Ensure that warning notices are put out and that all winch operations are carried out safely by suitably qualified members over the age of 18.