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SAIL CANADA RACE MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION CRITERIA
 
Sail Canada’s Race Management Program has been developed to provide competent regatta management skills for volunteers organizing and running sailing competitions. There are four levels in the Sail Canada Race Management Program and an additional level in the International Sailing Federation.
 
* A Sail Canada certified race official is working on behalf of Sail Canada, and therefore covered by the Director and Officer Liability Policy (see Sail Canada website for details).
 

ASSISTANT RACE OFFICER (ARO)

Description

An Assistant Race Officer is capable of assisting in the running of a race as a member of the Race Committee crew of a regatta.

Certification

By Ontario Sailing or the applicable Provincial Sailing Association (PSA)
 
Prerequisites for Certification:
  • Sailing or boating experience
  • Successful completion of the Sail Canada ARO Race Management Seminar presented by a Sail Canada Race Management Course Conductor (RMCC)
Training Book Requirement:
  • Join the Race Committee Team!

Supporting Documentation

  • PSA record of successful completion of a Sail Canada ARO Race Management Course

Recertification

  • By the PSA after evidence of an applicant having served on race committees at a minimum of four events per certification period
  • Submit application for re-certification to the PSA using a Sail Canada Race Officer Application form.

There will be a 4-year certification period expiring December 31st (first term will then be certification year plus 3 years).

CLUB RACE OFFICER (CRO)

Description

A Club Race Officer is capable of managing the “on-the-water” operations of regattas at the club level.

Certification

By Ontario Sailing or the applicable Provincial Sailing Association (PSA)
Prerequisites for Certification:
  • Successful completion of the Sail Canada CRO Race Management Seminar presented by a Sail Canada Race Management Course Conductor (RMCC).
  • Record of practical experience in Race Committee organization as a Race Officer (RO) at a minimum of two events.
  • Must have Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) or equivalent.
  • Must have a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) (ROC(M)) or equivalent.
Training Books Requirements:
  • Join the Race Committee Team!
  • Current Sail Canada version of the Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Current edition of the Sail Canada Race Management Manual

Supporting Documentation

  • PSA record of CRO Seminar attendance
  • The names of two Race Officers, Regatta Organizers or Yacht Club Officials with whom or for whom the applicant has worked
  • A Sail Canada Race Officer Application form

Recertification

  • By the PSA after evidence of the applicant having served on race committees at a minimum of four events (minimum of two as RO) per certification period
  • The names of two Race Officers, Regatta Organizers or Yacht Club Officials with whom or for whom the applicant has worked
  • Submit application for re-certification to the PSA using a Sail Canada Race Officer Application form

There will be a 4-year certification period expiring December 31st (first term will then be certification year plus 3 years).

REGIONAL RACE OFFICER (RRO)

Description

A Regional Race Officer is capable of managing the “on-the-water” operations of provincial, regional and national championships, utilizing a variety of race and course formats.

Certification

By  Sail Canada Race Management Sub-Committee (RMS)

NATIONAL RACE OFFICER (NRO)

Description

A National Race Officer is capable of managing, as RO or PRO,  the “on-the-water” operations of national and international championships of above-average size and complexity.  The NRO is familiar with all racing formats. The NRO is familiar and has experience in every area of conducting a multi class regatta from participation as a member of the OA to leader of the race committee.

Certification

By  Sail Canada Race Management Sub-Committee (RMS)

INTERNATIONAL RACE OFFICER (IRO)

Description

An International Race Officer is responsible for the organization and management of international racing events and may serve as the RO, the PRO, as a Class appointed Course Representative, as a Member National Authority (MNA) appointed Course Representative or as an ISAF appointed Course Representative Certification.

Certification

  • By ISAF, upon initial nomination by Sail Canada
  • Prior to being nominated as an IRO candidate by Sail Canada, the applicant must be approved by the Sail Canada RMSC. Approval criteria consist of verification by the Sail Canada RMSC of the requirements stated in ISAF Regulations.

SAIL CANADA ASSISTANT MARK LAYER (AML)

Description

An AML is capable of assisting a mark layer as a member of the Race Committee crew of a regatta.

Certification

Certification as a Sail Canada AML is managed by the PSAs.

Prerequisites for certification

  • Successful completion of the Sail Canada AML Course given by a Sail Canada Race Management Course Conductor (RMCC).
  • Assist with laying marks at two regattas.
  • Recommended to have Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) or equivalent.
  • Recommended to have a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) (ROC(M)) or equivalent.

Training Book requirements

  • To be determined

Supporting Documentation

  • Record of successful completion of Sail Canada Assistant Mark Laying Course.
  • A Sail Canada Race Officer Application form.

Recertification

  • By the PSA after evidence of service at a minimum of two events per certification period as an assistant mark layer.
  • Submit application for recertification to the PSA using a Sail Canada Race Officer Application form.

There will be a 4-year certification period expiring December 31st (first term will then be certification year plus 3 years).

SAIL CANADA MARK LAYER (ML)

A Mark Layer (ML) is capable of managing the mark laying operations of a regatta as part of the Race Committee crew.

Certification

  • Certification as Sail Canada ML is managed by Sail Canada Race Management SubWCommittee.

Prerequisites

  • Sailing Experience
  • Certified as an Assistant Race Officer (ARO) and Assistant Mark Layer (AML)
  • Successful completion, within four years prior to application, of the six hour Sail Canada Mark Laying Course with three hours of practical exercises given by a Sail Canada Race Management Course Conductor (RMCC)
  • Responsible for laying marks at two provincial or higher level regattas
  • Must have Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) or equivalent
  • Must have a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) (ROC(M)) or equivalent.

Training Book requirements

  • Current Racing Rules of Sailing (Sail Canada version)
  • Current edition of Sail Canada Race Management Manual.

Supporting Documentation

  • Record of successful completion of Sail Canada Mark Laying Course
  • A Sail Canada Race Officer Application form

Recertification

  • By the Sail Canada RMSC after evidence of an applicant having served as Mark Layer at four or more events in the previous certification period
  • Application to Sail Canada for recertification on Sail Canada Race Officer Application Form

There will be a 4-year certification period expiring December 31st (first term will then be certification year plus 3 years).

RACE MANAGEMENT COURSE CONDUCTOR (RMCC)

Description

A Race Management Course Conductor is a certified National Race Officer who has been trained to give Sail Canada Race Management Courses.

Certification

By Sail Canada after the successful organization and running of a Level 1 and a Level 2 Race Management Workshop … after demonstrated “on-the-water” ability and positive results of a review by peers & mentors, including reports from select references.

 


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