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Duty Type Descriptions

For your HISC race duties see the Dutyman pages here

Race Officer

The Race officer is responsible for all activities on the race course and should at all times keep an overview of what goes on around the entire race course.  An appropriate level of experience is required, so usually members are pre-selected by Racing Committee, but please contact Leah if you would like to step up and have not been pre-selected.

Assistant Race Officer (ARO)

The assistant race officer assists the Race officer on the committee boat. Roles for example might include: Noting the competitors reporting at the start; keeping a log of actions and communications; hoisting and lowering flags, or recording finishing times.

Mark Layer & Mark Layer Crew

Mark Layers are an important aid to the Race Officer, an appropriate level of experience is required.  They are responsible not only for laying marks to set the course but also giving information to the Race Officer on wind strength and direction across the course area.  The Mark Layers work from a boat which should be equipped with a GPS. The Mark Layers will also be expected to play a strong role in safety/rescue incident. Qualifications should be minimum PB2.

Mark Layer crew

Assisting the Mark Layer as crew in the same RIB.  No specific experience required, but some RIB driving skills very useful.  A good way to get Mark Layer experience.

Safety Officer

Responsible for safety and rescue operations, delegated from the Race Officer. An appropriate level of experience is required. For club racing, this may well be the “safety leader driver”.  For big open events, especially with multiple courses, and Safety Leaders working on the water, this can be a on shore role. Qualifications should be minimum PB2. Normally, but not necessarily, HISC/RYA Safety boat, VHF, and First Aid are expected.

Safety Leader Driver

Responsible for on-water leadership of the safety fleet.  An appropriate level of experience is required.  Also drives a RIB.  If no Safety Officer then can be responsible for safety and rescue operations, delegated from the Race Officer.  Qualifications should be minimum PB2. Normally, but not necessarily HISC/RYA Safety boat, VHF, and First Aid are expected.

Safety RIB Driver

Under close leadership of Safety Leader or Race Officer, so no special experience required but must be a competent RIB driver.  May need to do some mark laying for club racing under direction of the Race Officer. Qualifications should be minimum PB2. Ideally also HISC/RYA Safety boat, VHF, and First Aid.

Safety RIB Crew & Safety Leader Crew

Assisting the driver as crew in a RIB.  No specific experience required, but some RIB driving skills very useful. A good way to increase experience in RIBs.

Race Box / Shore Duties Race Box

For major events this role is also ‘Beach Master’.  Manages shore-side activities, working closely with Race Officer and Safety Officer/Leader.  Plays a key role in ensuring all competitors are counted home safely.  An appropriate level of experience is required, including confident radio comms skills. Normally VHF expected.

Shore - Assisting Race Box or Beach Master. 

Usually involved with running a tally system, and spotting/recording competitors safely ashore.  No special experience required, and a good way to get experience for Race Box or Beach Master roles. 

For more information or queries, contact the Sailing Secretary.