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Courses do not lead to RYA qualifications but are the first step to be taken for those wishing to be involved in racing from an officials perspective.

If you have got a lot from our sport and are looking to put something back in, consider the following:


There are a number of one day or shorter Courses that are run to train Race Officials. These are as follows:

Club Race Officer Course

 A great opportunity to have a race officer course that is designed around you club facilities and procedures.  It is aimed to give your volunteers the confidence to run the club racing and to have a good knowledge of the procedures and duties of a race officer. We can provide an experienced official to visit you and deliver this very interactive course. The really good news is that this is almost free as you only have to meet their traveling expenses, which for those in the more remote parts of the Country will never come to more than £80 as the RYA will pick up any excess. Contact the Race Officials Senior Administrator  02380 604161.

GPS Course

Particularly linked to the Mark Laying Courses and Seminars this two hour session is designed to enable course members to get the best out of their GPS units.

Club Mark Layer Course

Provided for clubs and classes to teach some skills and techniques in mark laying for club racing and the smaller open meeting. A short practical course with nearly all the time on the water.

Rules Adviser Course

A Course run by Regional Rules Advisers to train Club Rules Advisers on the use of Advisory and RYA Arbitration hearings, more immediate and accessible rules disputes resolution processes than protest hearings. An attendance certificate may be issued at the end of the Course that can also be endorsed by the attendee's Club.

Basic Rules Course

A course to help build a better understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing with examples of different rules situations.The course lasts up to two hours and is easily divided into two sessions with the opportunity for a beer or "sausage and mash" in between. A very popular winter evening session for clubs. It is based on the RYA's publication Handy Guide to the Rules.

Rules Clinics

By arrangement with either your Regional Rules Adviser, we can arrange for a Judge or Umpire to visit your club and run a Rules Clinic dealing purely with situations encountered by your members in recent racing.  This will involve using large boat floor models complete with coloured sails to go through the relevant scenarios  

Rule 42 Course

A Course to train Judges in how to monitor Rule 42/Appendix P on the water.