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March 21, 2009 Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle SNRO, PJ, RMCC David Searle SNRO, PJ, RMCC.

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1 March 21, 2009 Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle SNRO, PJ, RMCC David Searle SNRO, PJ, RMCC

2 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle Topics  Safety  Consistency  Communications  Safety  Consistency  Communications

3 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle Safety  Critically important, but generally overlooked aspect of Regatta Management  Historically viewed as Race Officer responsibility  Now recognized as a separate function  Race Officers are not trained for rescue  Hauling boats to harbour cripples race committee  Safety is a course unto itself, fortunately…  Critically important, but generally overlooked aspect of Regatta Management  Historically viewed as Race Officer responsibility  Now recognized as a separate function  Race Officers are not trained for rescue  Hauling boats to harbour cripples race committee  Safety is a course unto itself, fortunately…

4 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle Ontario Sailing Safety Management Course:  Being developed by Gary Howard (CORK Safety Chief)  Draft for discussion to be presented at Nepean Sailing Club, Friday June 19, 2009  If interested in attending, contact me for details  Being developed by Gary Howard (CORK Safety Chief)  Draft for discussion to be presented at Nepean Sailing Club, Friday June 19, 2009  If interested in attending, contact me for details

5 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle Consistency  Fundamental goal of ISAF/CYA/OSA is consistency in race management  Idea that wherever racers travel throughout the world, they will know what to expect from Regatta and Race Managers  ISAF/CYA/OSA guidelines and standards  Designed to provide consistent, high-quality race management (and therefore racing)  Fundamental goal of ISAF/CYA/OSA is consistency in race management  Idea that wherever racers travel throughout the world, they will know what to expect from Regatta and Race Managers  ISAF/CYA/OSA guidelines and standards  Designed to provide consistent, high-quality race management (and therefore racing)

6 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle Consistency  It is our job as Regatta and Race Managers to ensure this consistency happens  The easiest way to make that happen is through…  It is our job as Regatta and Race Managers to ensure this consistency happens  The easiest way to make that happen is through…

7 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle Communications :  Communicate early, communicate often!  Bring your RO on as early as possible  They can bring a wealth of experience to your team  Keep them in the loop  Invite RO to organizational meetings  At very least send them minutes of meetings  Communicate early, communicate often!  Bring your RO on as early as possible  They can bring a wealth of experience to your team  Keep them in the loop  Invite RO to organizational meetings  At very least send them minutes of meetings

8 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle Prior to Regatta  NOR  Regatta Chair responsibility  Directly affects on-water operations, so bring RO into process  Decision on size of race committee  Equipment/boat requirements  Consistency  NOR  Regatta Chair responsibility  Directly affects on-water operations, so bring RO into process  Decision on size of race committee  Equipment/boat requirements  Consistency

9 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle Prior to Regatta  SI’s  RO responsibility, but best done with active participation of Regatta Chair  Expectations  Lunches  SI’s  RO responsibility, but best done with active participation of Regatta Chair  Expectations  Lunches

10 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle Prior to Racing  Designate a Fleet Representative  Meet with competitors prior to racing  Ask them to designate a fleet rep as “point person” for fleet  Fleet rep may be contacted by RO or Regatta Chair openly to discuss operational issues  Fleet rep is encouraged to bring feedback from fleet  Designate a Fleet Representative  Meet with competitors prior to racing  Ask them to designate a fleet rep as “point person” for fleet  Fleet rep may be contacted by RO or Regatta Chair openly to discuss operational issues  Fleet rep is encouraged to bring feedback from fleet

11 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle Prior to Racing  Scratch sheets  Co-ordinate with Registration  Critically important for scoring  Sorted by fleet and sail number  Scratch sheets  Co-ordinate with Registration  Critically important for scoring  Sorted by fleet and sail number

12 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle During Regatta  Regatta Chair (or designated representative) on shore/available by radio  Safety  Weather  Logistics  Co-ordinate on-shore support  Regatta Chair (or designated representative) on shore/available by radio  Safety  Weather  Logistics  Co-ordinate on-shore support

13 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle Daily De-brief  On-water Operations:  Regatta Chair  RO  Chief Judge  Safety Chair  Morning meeting  Evening meeting  On-water Operations:  Regatta Chair  RO  Chief Judge  Safety Chair  Morning meeting  Evening meeting

14 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle Coaches  Historically coaches have been ignored or put-up-with  They are an excellent communications channel to competitors  Better than parents!  Their equipment is generally better than the Race Committee’s  Historically coaches have been ignored or put-up-with  They are an excellent communications channel to competitors  Better than parents!  Their equipment is generally better than the Race Committee’s

15 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle Coaches  Bring them into regatta:  Have them register  Sell them a t-shirt  Regatta Chair and RO meet with them  Identify a “chief coach” to represent them  They will choose a good one  Make them feel part of the regatta  Identify their boats  Ensure they are available by VHF  Bring them into regatta:  Have them register  Sell them a t-shirt  Regatta Chair and RO meet with them  Identify a “chief coach” to represent them  They will choose a good one  Make them feel part of the regatta  Identify their boats  Ensure they are available by VHF

16 March 21, 2009Working with your Race Officer and Race Committee David Searle After Regatta  Volunteer recognition


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