RYA Race Management Courses

Posted: 4/1/2023

Race Management Courses for your Club members

As we are about to enter a new year and there are lots of events and club racing to be organised, we can help you to improve the skills of your race team volunteers.  There are lots of courses available, some of them even free, and some can be tailored exactly to your club's requirements.  If you have any particular requirements or need advice about anything to do with these courses - contact me for a chat.
I have listed below some of the courses available and those that I can organise for a particular club:
RYA National Race Officer Course - Birmingham 14th/15th January 
There are still places available on this two day course which is normally only run once a year.  This is for those experienced Regional Race Officers who want to take their race management skills to the next level.  Instructors are Robin Gray and David Kent.  Cost is £85.00.  Register here:

RYA Regional Judge Course - online course in January via Zoom
This course takes place over three Monday evenings in January 2023. 16th, 23rd and 30th.  We all need volunteers to sit on protest committees - this course will give you the basic knowledge to become your club's rules guru.  If you have an interest in learning more about the Rules and the Protest process sign up now.

New Handicap System YTC - Webinar 18th January 2023

With the phasing out of NHC handicap system and the introduction of YTC - this webinar will give you the information needed to understand how it works, how to get a certificate and answer any questions you have.  Find out more and register 

RYA Sail Measurement Course 28th January 2023 Venue TBA
With the introduction of YTC the new handicap system for cruiser racers, there is a need to be able to measure both upwind and downwind sails.  Course costs £35.00. Sign up on this link:

RYA Regional Race Officer Course - 4th/5th March 2023
at Ballyholme Yacht Club

The first step on the ladder of becoming an official RYA race officer.  This two day course covers all aspects of running an open meeting from writing the Notice of race through on the water race management to producing the results.  Not just for ROs but also for Committee Vessel teams to help understand the process of running events.  Course costs £85.00 including lunch. Register here:

Tailored Club Race Team Courses - on site in your Club
To give your own occasional race team members some confidence about how to run Club Racing on those one or two times a summer when their name appears on the rota, we can come out for an evening or Saturday morning and run through the basic the process of running Club Racing using your own Sailing Instructions.  There is no cost for our time - just call to arrange.
There is also an online course about club racing - this is a free general course for anyone to use:

Club Marklaying Course
Again tailored to your club needs - we can come on site and help upskill your marklaying teams with the secrets of setting square start lines and gates and accurate trapezoid or windward leeward courses.  This is a one day course with theory and a bit of GPS practice in the morning and some on the water practical stuff in the afternoon.. Just call to arrange.

Club Rules Talks
Contact either Denis Todd, Racing Rules Advisor (denistodd15@gmail.com) or myself and we can arrange talks at your club and at whatever level you require. Contact details below:

Are your Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions up to date?
As we are now back into full time racing again it will do no harm to confirm you clubs documents are up to date with the present rules.  I am quite happy, given a little notice, to read and comment on your NoR and SIs whether for club racing or open meetings.  just email them to me and I will send them back with any comments deemed necessary.  You don't have to act on my comments - they are still your docuents but sometimes another pair of eyes can help.

So that's it from me for the meantime - Contact me with any questions or if you need advice on any race management topic.
Robin Gray, RYA Regional Race Management Co-ordinator. 
robin@robingray.co.uk   07809 395294

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