It’s time to sign up for race committee and support positions for our fall dinghy series! We still have a lot of spots to fill!

Our racing program depends on volunteers from the club to help with all aspects of the racing. If you are new to volunteering, the list below will give you an idea of what each position involves. Please keep in mind that the race committee works together as a team, so these descriptions will give you an idea of the basic roles, but there is flexibility and fluidity in the tasks to make sure that everything can get done and that everyone has the help they need to fulfill their role. 

WHY should you sign up to be a race volunteer?
  • It counts as volunteer hours
  • You get to spend the day on the water
  • It’s a great way to learn about the rules of racing and sailing in general
  • It’s the best seat in the house to watch the racing

 

DO you need experience to be a race volunteer?
  • NO!!
  • New volunteers can sign up to be an observer and have no specific responsibility while on the RC boat
  • Another great role for new volunteers is the mark/safety boat crew as the skipper will be there to help guide you in your role

 

HOW do you sign up?
Position Typical Role/Tasks
PRO
Directs the entire team
  • Decides which course each class will race
  • Decides which classes start together
  • Directs mark boats to set course
  • Makes the decisions
PRO Trainee
(Optional)
We need more PROs! This position will get future PROs comfortable with running races.

  • Has interest in being a future PRO and knowledge about race committee
Signaler Signals information to competitors through visual signals from the race committee boat.

  • Raises & Lowers Flags to begin the races
  • Helps with additional sounds
Timer Calls the time sequence aloud so the start and finish can be properly run.

  • In charge of running the OLLIE
  • Keeps track of the length of the race
  • Helps with additional sounds
Recorder 1 Identifies and records all boats starting and finishing, including competitors who do not start or complete the race.

  • Documents the race
  • Records RC actions
  • Records boats that are over early
  • Records boats in the order they finish
Recorder 2 Same as Recorder 1. Two recorders make sure that no boats or actions are missed.
Observer/In Training (Optional) This position is for volunteers new to the race committee that want to learn to do a particular position for a future race.

  • Has interest in being a future RC volunteer
Mark/Safety Boat 1 Skipper The driver of mark/safety boat number 1. This position can be done on one of the BYSC boats or on an appropriate personally owned boat.

  • Skippers the mark/safety boat
  • Positions, sets, and relocates marks of the course as directed by the PRO
  • Relays changes in wind to the race committee
  • Aids any sailors who need assistance
Mark/Safety Boat 1 Crew The crew of mark/safety boat number 1.

  • Positions, sets, and relocates marks of the course as directed by the PRO
  • Relays changes in wind to the race committee
  • Aids any sailors who need assistance
  • Keeps track of sailors as they round the marks
  • Displays flags and sounds as directed by the PRO for course changes
Mark/Safety Boat 2 Skipper Same as Mark/Safety Boat 1 Skipper.

Two Mark/Safety boats are needed to run races.

Mark/Safety Boat 2 Crew Same as Mark/Safety Boat 1 Crew.

Two Mark/Safety boats are needed to run races.

Safety Boat 3 Skipper (Optional) Same as Mark/Safety Boat 1 Skipper.

Volunteers for a third safety boat are not required for racing but are a welcome addition if we have enough volunteers. We cannot offer volunteer hours for this position.

Safety Boat 3 Crew (Optional) Same as Mark/Safety Boat 1 Crew.

Volunteers for a third safety boat are not required for racing but are a welcome addition if we have enough volunteers. We cannot offer volunteer hours for this position.

Ready to be a part of the team?

Looking to Sail in the Series?

This is where you register for the fall dinghy series.