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Officer of the Day (OOD)

Racing is managed by an experienced and competent Race Officer (Club Byelaw 14), generally known as the Officer of the Day, or OOD.

Your are in charge

As Race Officer you are in charge of all aspects of the race for the day, including ensuring that other duties are fulfilled. During the week before your duty, you should check that you have a full complement of volunteers (if you are logged in to the website, the duties are listed against each event in the calendar) and that they are still available.

Risk Management

There is a new Risk Management protocol in place. This is detailed in the GUIDE TO RISK MANAGEMENT FOR RACE OFFICERS, which you can download at the bottom of this page - please ensure you read it carefully before your duty starts.

Race management

Your race management duty is to assess weather, tide and water conditions before and during the race, the types of boats competing, the skill levels and experience of the crews and the availability of Safety Boat Cover before making a decision on whether it is safe to run, and to continue to run, any race.

Based on this assessment, you core responsibility is to:

  • advise the fleet of your assessment of the conditions through the Signing on Notice.
  • set a course that is appropriate to the same.
  • advise Novice and / or Under 16 sailors not to take part in a race if they deem that conditions may make it unsafe for inexperienced sailors to race.
  • advise the fleet of the status of Safety Boat Cover.

Please see the GUIDE TO BEING A RACE OFFICER download at the bottom of this page for more details.

Entering results

Following the race, you need to enter the results into Halsail. There is a laptop in the OOD's hut and instructions in Race Officer's Guide (also in the GUIDE TO ENTERING RESULTS ON HALSAIL below). If you need any help, please speak to Tom Barnes, or if he is not around to Steve Hobbs or Martin Clapham.


If you have any questions, please contact the Sailing Secretary (Tom Barnes) -


Last updated 14:39 on 14 April 2022

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