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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
Thu 22 Aug - Mon 26 Aug Learn to Sail (Dinghy) Coach course - Evans Bay (Wellington), August 2019 Learn to Sail Coach Course Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club Wellington
Sat 31 Aug - Sat 31 Aug 2019 Race Officers Conference Race Officers Conference Naval Point Club Lyttelton Auckland
Sat 7 Sep - Sun 8 Sep Learn to Sail (Dinghy) Coach course - Naval Point Club Lyttelton, September 7/8 2019 Learn to Sail Coach Course Naval Point Club Lyttelton Canterbury
Sat 7 Sep - Sun 8 Sep Race Management Seminar- Dunedin 2019 Race Management Seminar Vauxhall Yacht Club Otago
Sat 14 Sep Judges Forum 2019 Judges Forum Yachting New Zealand Inc. Northland
Sat 14 Sep - Sun 15 Sep Race Management seminar- New Plymouth 2019 Race Management Seminar New Plymouth Yacht Club East Coast NI
Sat 28 Sep - Sun 29 Sep Learn to Sail (Dinghy) Coach course - Waiuku Yacht Club, Sept 28/29 2019 Learn to Sail Coach Course Waiuku Yacht Club Auckland
Sat 19 Oct - Sun 20 Oct Learn to Sail (Dinghy) Coach course - Wanaka Yacht Club, October 19/20 2019 Learn to Sail Coach Course Wanaka Yacht Club Otago

 

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:

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