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Race official training

Race official training

Yachting New Zealand actively seek to improve and maintain the quality of judging, umpiring and race management by providing courses, training and forums to keep aspiring and active race officials educated and informed. 

Below are a list of the race official training opportunities Yachting New Zealand offers. See the course calendar for upcoming scheduled courses and training opportunities for officials.

New to race officiating? Sign up to Embark, Yachting New Zealand's online learning platform and complete the Start...Officiating! course at a time and place that suits you.

Upcoming courses

Event date Event Course Club Region
Mon 21 Jan Sailing...Have a go! Waiuku Summer Holiday programme 21 Jan 2019 Sailing...Have a Go! day Waiuku Yacht Club Auckland
Fri 19 Apr - Sat 20 Apr Teams Sailing Umpire Seminar- Algies Bay 2019 Team Racing Umpire Sandspit Yacht Club Northland

 

If there is no course scheduled near you, register your interest in attending below and we will keep you updated when we organise one.

Here are the different types of courses we offer:

Race management seminars

Duration: two days (over a weekend)
Cost: Free

Race management seminars aim to provide the knowledge and skills required to ensure quality, consistent and fair race management for sailors. This seminar is a prerequisite to appointment and revalidation as a qualified club or national race officer. Course outline

Racing rules seminar 

Duration: one day
Cost: Free

These seminars offer sailors, parents, coaches and beginners to judging an opportunity to become more familiar with the Racing Rules of Sailing, judging processes and the roles of judges. Attendees will gain in-depth knowledge about the rules (with a special emphasis on part 2: when boats meet) and an insight into how judges interpret and apply the rules.Course outline

National judging seminar 

Duration: two days (over a weekend)
Cost: Free

These seminars focus on the skills and practices of judging and protest committees and include interactive exercises and mock protest hearings.This seminar is a prerequisite to appointment as a qualified club or national judge. Course outline

Teams racing umpire seminar

Duration: two days, plus on-the-water assessment/evaluation
Cost: Free

These seminars are focused primarily on the Racing Rules of Sailing  and practical components of umpiring including boat placement and making calls specific to teams racing. This seminar is a prerequisite to appointment as a club and national umpire - teams racing.

This seminar is held in the lead-up to the National Secondary Schools Teams Racing Regatta with on-the-water practical assessments/evaluations during the regatta for those wishing to gain their teams racing umpire qualification. Course outline

Match racing umpire seminar

Duration: two days
Cost: Free

These seminars are focused primarily on the Racing Rules of Sailing and practical components of umpiring including boat placement and making calls specific to match racing. This seminar is a prerequisite to appointment as a club and national umpire - match racing. Course outline

Race Officers conference

Duration: one day
Cost: Free

The Race Officers conference is held annually (usually early September) and is a chance for accredited Club, National and International Race Officers to get together to discuss race management issues and promulgate best practice.

Judges Forum

Duration: one day
Cost: Free

The Judges forum is held annually (usually early September) and is a chance for accredited Club, National and International judges to get together to discuss judging issues and promulgate best practice.

Register your interest in a race officials course:

Fill in your details below and we will send you information when we organise a course
I would like to receive information about the following upcoming courses