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Race Management Seminar

  • 02 Apr 2011
  • 9:00 AM - 3:59 PM
  • DCYC Clubhouse Downstairs and OTW


  • a Day of classroom and on-the-water practice, in order to become a race committee assistant or PRO

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Race Management Seminar

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011, Clubhouse, lower level, and on the water, 9a.m. through approx. 4 pm.

Our two US Sailing race officers Bob Johnson and Bob Lehn are presenting a race management seminar, for everybody who is interested in this job.

There will be a theory component (Bob Lehn) and on the water training (Bob Johnson), see the tentative schedule (download).


- How to plan and execute a race

- Race types and formats

- Select courses, determine PHRF fleets, one-design fleets

- Set marks, start line, finish line

- Start sequences, rolling starts

- Actions during the race

- Special procedures, recalls, protests

- After-race procedures, protest handling after the race, PHRF-ranking calculation

- Small club races vs. multi-day events

- And more

No experience required. Registered participants will receive a reading package in advance, for important issues (start procedures, flags) that will be discussed and practiced that day.

Registration required, in order to get a head-count for materials

This event is free of charge (a small donation for the breakfast food is welcome)

Coffee and pastry served during the classroom session.

This is something for everybody interested in sailing, such as:

- Racers: look at the race “from the other perspective,” in order to understand start and finish procedures – and everything in between - better (a separate starting/race tactics clinic will be offered later this year).

- Skippers and crew: This course enables you to help out on the committee boat, if needed, or even to run a race as a PRO in the future.

- All other Sailors: Even if you are not into racing with your own boat you can become part of the exciting race events at DCYC and beyond. Being on the committee boat also gives you first-hand insight into the action of the racers, their tactics, sail trim, speed, maneuvers that will help you to sail better, or get into racing yourself.

- Everybody in the club: Acting as PRO, or assisting the PRO is an important service to the club community. New members can quickly get a taste of this great club in a “real-world” scenario, and you will get in contact with other racers to learn from, or to crew with. The committee boat position gives you a unique position on the water and in the middle of the “fight,” and if you like photography, this is the place to use your camera/video: the Hailer Editor will be happy to post your pics in the next Hailer.

Please contact me, or Bob Lehn, or Bob Johnson, with any questions in advance. It is important, though that you sign up in advance, so that we can organize accordingly.

Schedule download

Frank Heidlberger, Fleet Captain


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