Race Officials Program

Race Officials Program
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The Asian Sailing Federation has launched the Asian Race Officials Programme, an initiative to encourage the development of Race Officials and identify those who have the potential to achieve status as a World Sailing recognised Race Official. The Executive Committee of the Asian Sailing Federation will provide support in the form of travel grants, accommodation and other expenses to attend events to the deserving candidates.

The Asian Sailing Federation is supporting the development of officials, particularly those who have sailed and competed in the past. We would like to identify Race Officials who have experience, either as a sailor or a coach and who would like to develop their career as a Race Official, with the intent being that they could apply for status as a World Sailing Race Official in future.

The Asian Sailing Federation aims to double the World Sailing accredited Race Officials in Asia by 2020. This is your opportunity!!

What is a Race Official?
Race officials play an important role in the promotion, organisation and administration of competitive sailing. They are volunteers involved in race administration, judging and umpiring, safety and mark laying who encourage sailors to develop their experience and knowledge. The Race Officials Development Programme has been developed to provide a clear and consistent pathway for volunteer officials in the sport of sailing.

What does a Race Official do?
Race Officials support racing sailors in their roles by running races and events, making umpire calls, hearing protests and redress requests and laying the perfect course for a great sailing event. Their mission is to ensure quality, integrity and consistency for all participants in the sport of sailboat racing, from casual weeknight club racing to world championships. They are trained, certified and supported by the Asian Sailing Federation, and they have the resources of the organization at their disposal. Race Officials volunteer their time because they enjoy the work and because they believe in the importance of giving back to the sport.

Types of Race Officials
There are 5 disciplines of Race Officials:

Judges
The work of a Judge in the sport of sailing includes a wide range of services to competitors and race organisers, including the hearing of protests and requests for redress, deciding questions of eligibility and boat measurement compliance, and being present on the water watching for rule infringements. ASAF will appoint officials who meet the minimum standards as laid down by the Development Committee of the ASAF as a Regional Judge (RJ). The highest recognition is the World Sailing qualification of “International Judge”.

Race Officers
Race Officers are sailors who serve on-the-water as the Race Officer (previously known as the Officer of the Day or OOD) and control a race. The term Race Officer refers to the person in charge of running races. He or She is normally on the committee boat or in the start area ashore. ASAF will appoint officials who meet the minimum standards as laid down by the Development Committee of the ASAF as a Regional Race Officer (RRO). The highest recognition is the ISAF qualification of “International Race Officer”.

Umpires
Both Match and Team Racing use a system of umpiring, in which penalties are imposed during the race, avoiding, for the most part, the need for conventional protests. ASAF will appoint officials who meet the minimum standards as laid down by the Development Committee of the ASAF as a Regional Umpire (RU). The highest recognition is the ISAF qualification of “International Umpire”.

Measurers
Measurers are appointed by a class association to ensure that boats are built and continue to comply with the class measurement rules. The highest recognition is the ISAF qualification of “International Measurer”.

Mark Layers
Mark Layers main responsibilities are for laying marks to set the course for a race and also give information to the Race Officer on wind strength and direction at any time across the course area. The Mark Layers usually work from a fast power boat equipped with a GPS. Ideally there will be more than one mark laying boat to facilitate speedy course alterations for wind direction changes. During the race, they may also be used as a patrol/safety boat. ASAF will appoint officials who meet the minimum standards as laid down by the Development Committee of the ASAF as a Regional Mark Layer (RML).

What happens after I qualify?
The Events and Technical Committees of the Asian Sailing Federation will liaise with event organisors to appoint Regional Officials at sailing events organised by the ASAF such as ASAF Youth Sailing Cup, ASAF Sailing Cup and the ASAF Keelboat Cup. You will therefore be working directly under the supervision of World Sailing accredited Race Officials.

APPLY NOW – All ASAF affiliated MNAs are invited to put forward the names of individuals who they would like to nominate to the Race Officials programme, by completing the Nomination Form and sending the form and a digital photo to: sararshad@gmail.com

Measurers
We actively support the development of measurers, both at a national status and those seeking to achieve ISAF International Status. If you would like to discuss becoming a measurer, please email to: ladyhelm@hotmail.com