Race Management Volunteers

If you’re not out sailing what’s the next best thing to do?

Our Race Management teams are comprised of enthusiastic and capable volunteers.

Volunteering with our Race Management team is a great way to meet new people. It strengthens your ties to the RSYS community and provides an opportunity for you to interact with people of similar interests. It’s also a lot of fun.

And it’s never too late to develop a new hobby. Becoming a Race Management volunteer can open the door to new learning opportunities that you may not have previously considered or thought you were capable of doing.

There are many duties associated with running our events. Whether you are a relatively inexperienced or fully qualified sailor, male or female, or just interested in learning new skills, we would very much like to encourage you to consider joining our team.

The various roles and responsibilities required on a weekly basis are:

– Race Officer (RO) – this person is usually trained and accredited as a Race Officer and is responsible for ensuring competitors are provided with fair and safe sailing. The RO is the boss and directs the management team
– Coxswain – must hold a Boat Driver’s Licence and is responsible for positioning the boat as required by the RO and for the safety of the vessel and those on board
– Time Keeper – responsible for the starting sequence. At the race start, everything on board revolves around the timer
– Flag Operator – responsible for all visual signals from the Committee Vessel including flags and course boards
– Recorder – maintains a record of all actions taken by the race management team and is responsible for recording all the numbers of all boats that start in the race and their finishing sequence and times, and
– ​Mark Layer – must hold a Boat Driver’s Licence and be physically capable of laying and retrieving marks as requested by the RO.

Generally we have two types of volunteers: On-Water (Saturdays and Regattas) and On-Shore (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays).

If you are interested in learning how our yacht racing is conducted, are keen to learn the basics of the various role requirements and willing to volunteer a few times each season (usually fortnightly or monthly), while performing a valued service to RSYS, we want to hear from you.

Additional training and information sessions are provided throughout the season, as well as ongoing support from team members.

Opportunities also exist for race officials willing to take it to the next level. The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, in conjunction with Australian Sailing and World Sailing, is eager to encourage race officials down the race management pathway that can include State, National, World and even Olympic events.

Unless you are actually sailing in these events, you cannot get any closer to the action.   

Please contact Rob Ridley, RSYS On-Water Coordinator at rob@rsys.com.au or call 0418 645 032


The Race Volunteers annual luncheon, held 23 July

Article by Susan Wade
Lunch photo by Rene Chapman

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