Sail Canada’s Race Management Program has been developed to provide competent regatta management skills for volunteers organizing and running sailing competitions. The program consists of four levels outlined below (please review the full program for complete criteria).
Assistant Race Officer (ARO)
An Assistant Race Officer is capable of assisting in the running of a race as a member of the Race Committee crew of a regatta. Certification requires the successful completion of the 4-hour Sail Canada ARO Race Management Course. Applications for certification and re-certification are handled by the Provincial Sailing Associations in ON, BC, and QC and by Sail Canada for all other applicants.
Club Race Officer (CRO)
A Club Race Officer manages the ‘on the water’ activities of regattas at the club level. Certification requires the successful completion of the 12-hour Sail Canada CRO Race Management Course and a record of practical experience in Race Committee organization. Applications for certification and re-certification are handled by the Provincial Sailing Associations in ON, BC, and QC and by Sail Canada for all other applicants.
Regional Race Officer (RRO)
A Regional Race Officer manages the ‘on the water’ activities of provincial, regional and national championships, utilizing a variety of race and course formats. Certification is handled by Sail Canada and requires a minimum of two years of service as CRO and successful completion of the Sail Canada Advanced Race Management Course.
National Race Officers (NRO)
A National Race Officer is capable of managing, as Race Officer or Principal Race Officer, the ‘on-the-water’ operations of national and international championships of above-average size and complexity. The NRO is familiar with all racing formats and has experience in every area of conducting a multi-class regatta from participation as a member of the OA to leader of the race committee. Certification is handled by Sail Canada and requires a minimum of two years of service as RRO, successful completion of the Sail Canada Advanced Race Management Course, evidence of experience at different venues and an ‘on-the-water’ assessment.
International Race Officers (IRO)
An IRO is responsible for the Organization and management of International racing events and may serve as the RO, the PRO, as a Class appointed Course Representative, as a Member National Authority (MNA) appointed Course Representative or as a World Sailing appointed Course Representative Certification. Certification is handled by World Sailing but prior to being nominated as an IRO candidate by Sail Canada, the applicant must be approved by the Sail Canada RMSC. Approval criteria consist of verification by the Sail Canada RMSC of the requirements stated in World Sailing Regulations.
Assistant Mark Layer (AML)
An Assistant Mark Layer is capable of assisting a mark layer as a member of the Race Committee crew of a regatta. Certification is by application to the Provincial Sailing Association and requires successful completion of the 4-hour Sail Canada Assistant Mark Layer Course.
Mark Layer (ML)
A Mark Layer is capable of managing the mark laying operations of a regatta as part of the Race Committee crew. Certification is by application to Sail Canada and requires successful completion of the 6-hour Sail Canada Mark Layer Course and experience as a Mark Layer at a minimum of 2 provincial or higher level regattas.
Race Management Course Conductor
A Race Management Course Conductor (RMCC) is an RRO or higher who has been trained to present Sail Canada Race Management Seminars Courses to those seeking certification as ARO, CRO, AML or ML. Certification is by application to Sail Canada. Candidates must have experience organizing and conducting two Race Management courses under the supervision of a certified Race Management Course Conductor.
Race Management Master Course Conductor
A Race Management Course Conductor (RMMCC) is an NRO or higher who has been trained to present Sail Canada Advanced Race Management Seminar Course to those seeking certification as RRO or NRO. Certification is by application to Sail Canada. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 years experience as a Race Management Course Conductor and act as an apprentice at a Sail Canada Advanced Race Management Course.
Safe Sport Training
Creating a sport culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) Safe Sport Module has been designed to help anyone in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment. Starting in 2021, Regional & National Race Officers will be required to complete Safe Sport Training.
The Safe Sport Module is available to athletes, coaches, officials, parents, volunteers and administrators at no cost. Please click here for more information and to access the Safe Sport Module. (Note: You will be required to create a profile in the CAC Locker, prior to completing the fee module.)
Criminal Background Check
Sail Canada is responsible for ensuring the safety of athletes and participants in the sailing community. In April 2020 the Sail Canada Board of Directors approved a Criminal Record Check & Screening Policy as part of the effort to keep all participants safe. Starting in 2021, Regional & National Race Officers will be required to hold a valid Criminal Background Check (checks will be accepted for 5 years from the date obtained).
Sail Canada has partnered with Sterling Backcheck to make obtaining a Criminal Record Check efficient. Checks can be completed in as little as 4 hours, and the outcome can be directed to Sail Canada if you choose to. Please use this link to access Sterling Backcheck. Criminal Background Checks obtained from another source can be sent to email@example.com.
Race Management Sub-Committee
- Irene McNeill (Chair)
- John Abel
- Daniel Conrod
- Graham Dougall
- Toff Nicoll-Griffith
- Madeleine Palfreeman
- Jennifer Ross
- David Sprague
- Robert Woodbury