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


  • Please note that the cost of our courses vary depending on the format in which they are delivered.


Assistant Race Officer: $25

Club Race Officer: $50

Assistant Mark Layer: $25


BC Sailing – Club Race Officer Course 2023

Hosts: Paul Evenden & Steve Brunsden

Dates: March 18th & March 19th, 2023

Location: Vancouver Rowing Club – 450 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2

Blended delivery (In-person or online)

9:00AM-4:00PM PST

15 Available Spots!

Registration is free! (includes lunch both days)

*Must attend all sessions to obtain certification

Registration Link Here!

BC Sailing – Assistant Race Officer Course 2023

Hosts: Paul Evenden & John Culter

March 13th & 15th, 2023

7:00PM-9:30PM PST

30 Available Spots

Free Registration!

Online via Zoom

*All sessions must be attended to obtain certification

Registration Link Here!

Racing Rules in Action: Incidents on the Course 2023

Rick Hatch (International Judge & National Umpire) will present a rules seminar on Wednesday February 22nd at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club at 7pm.

Rick will review and explain the application of racing rules of sailing on all parts of the racecourse.  He will use World Sailing cases to illustrate the various situations, lead the discussion and answer questions.

There is no cost to the seminar, but registration is requested by email to: reception@royalvan.com with your name, club name and phone number.

For further information contact Tom Sitar at tomsitar@telus.net


Course Details

Looking to find a race official? Check out the Sail Canada database here.


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 website in the “Officials” category.


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 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 six hours, for groups of eight to 25 people.

Club Race Officer Course (CRO) – $50

The CRO course covers the duties of a race officer in charge of a racecourse, 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 three evenings or on a weekend for groups of six 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 mark layer, 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 certified as an Assistant Sail Canada Mark Layer.