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Assistant Race Officer: $25

Club Race Officer: $50

Assistant Mark Layer: $25


Dates to be determined for 2021.

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 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.