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Race Officers

Race Management

Cost : Assistant Race Officer-$25, Club Race Officer-$50, Assistant Mark Layer-$25

Course Details

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Assistant Race Officer (ARO) and Club Race Officer (CRO) are certified by the Provincial race management committee.

Regional Race Officer (RRO) and National Race Officer (NRO) are certified by the Sail Canada Race Management Sub Committee.

The criteria for becoming certified can be found on the Sail Canada web site, under Racing / Officials.

Assistant Race Officer (ARO) and Club Race Officer (CRO) courses are offered to clubs throughout the season. Courses are designed to accommodate both levels. Clubs may request courses for their venue by contacting the Race Director or Nancy Chow at crew@bcsailing.bc.ca

Assistant Race Officer Course (ARO) – $25

The ARO course, suitable for those with little experience on a race committee, covers the duties of each job on the committee, with some attention to the structure of racing and the rules. The course takes about 6 hours, for groups of 8 to 25 people.

Club Race Officer Course (CRO) – $50

The CRO course covers the duties of a Race Officer in charge of a race course, including organization, setting courses, starting, controlling events throughout the race and finishing procedures. A person should have some experience on a race committee, or a fair amount of racing experience. The course takes about 12 hours, and is usually given over 3 evenings or on a weekend for groups of 6 to 25 people.

Sail Canada AML course (Assistant Mark Layer) – $25

This course will teach the basics of setting marks for a regatta. It will talk about the responsibilities of the ML, the tools we use and how we use them, the different courses that are used and how to set them. Candidates should have their PCOC and ROC(M) and be experience in boat handling. Knowledge of racing is an asset but not required. Candidates who complete this program and assist with laying marks at two regattas can apply to be certifies as an Assistant Sail Canada Mark Layer.

Certification for ARO and CRO is for four years. Re-certification is by application to BC Sailing

Candidates for ARO and/or CRO courses must have a rule book, available through the BC Sailing office or at your club as well as the booklet “Join the Race Committee” which is offered at the seminar at a nominal price.

Course conductors are resident in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna. Please contact BC Sailing at crew@bcsailing.bc.ca for names and phone numbers.



Club Race Officer (CRO) March 9-10 Vancouver Rowing Club