Officials play a key role in any sailing race or regatta! Sail Canada Race Officer, Judge and Umpire programs provide training and certification from the Club to National level, with World Sailing providing International Certification. Event Volunteers are always in high demand! From helping out on site during an event to being a key member of the Organizing Committee, there is a role for everyone!

Race Officers

A Race Officer is an on the water manager who is in charge of running the sailing race with overall responsibility for the conduct of racing on a race course. A Race Officer has an overview of what is happening around the entire race course and should make decisions such as necessary course changes, postponements etc.


The role of a Judge is to ensure fair competition. A Judge is required to determine disputes between competitors, assist in areas of race management and make decisions on the fairness of competition.


An Umpire is responsible for making decisions about the rules of sailing when asked to do so by competitors and will be present on the race course to monitor the action during events. The Sail Canada Umpire Program has three aims.

  • Rolex
  • Helly Hansen
  • Gallagher Skippers' Plan
  • BMO Sail Canada MasterCard
  • Government of Canada