You can learn more about judging by visiting Sail Canada’s website.




Online – BC Sailing: Club Judge Seminar (Free)

November 24th-25th, 2021 (Registration closes on November 19th)

7:00PM-9:30PM both evenings (Attendees must participate in both sessions)

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Course Details

Regatta Officials – Judging

Director: Mike Turner

Judging – The Sail Canada Judges Program trains racers to become qualified, competent judges of the Racing Rules of Sailing and develops protest committee chairs for club races, and significant regional, provincial and national events. Club Judges are certified by the BC Sailing Judge Certification Committee. Regional and national judges are certified by the Sail Canada Judge Certification Committee. Visit Sail Canada’s website to learn more about the Judges Program or to find an official.

BC Sailing Judge Program – The BC Sailing Judge Program is a part of the Sail Canada Judge Program. BC Sailing administers the first level of the national program and trains and certifies judges at the club judge (J1) level for a four-year period. The J1 club judge is a person who participates in racing, has attended a sanctioned judges clinic, is involved with a club protest committee and is currently certified by BC Sailing.


Event organizers looking for experienced judges who are willing and capable of chairing protest hearings may make a request to BC Sailing.

Certification Levels

  • Club Judge – J1: Participate in and/or chair club-level protest committees.
  • Regional Judge – J2: Participate in and/or chair interclub or regional protest committees.
  • National Judge- J3: Participate in and/or chair national protest committees and manage the protest committee(s) / jury(s) at national and international events.


It is recommended that interested individuals have an active involvement in racing and/or race management before applying to the program.

Club Judge Certification Requirements – Certification for the club judge (J1) level is described in the Sail Canada Judges Program on the Sail Canada website.

Other prerequisites – On-the-water officiating often requires the use of a marine VHF radio and officials who are active on the water are advised that they must have their Restricted Radio Operators Certificate (Maritime) – ROC(M).


On-the-water officiating also involves operation of powered watercraft, and operators must be certified and carry a pleasure craft operator’s card.

Judge Clinics – Certification clinics for judges are available for groups of eight or more people. For further information, contact delani@bcsailing.bc.ca.

Official documents available for download