Fifteen prospective umpires joined the RYA’s first introduction to umpiring course to be delivered remotely.
The course, which forms part of the requirements to become a regional umpire, aims to provide attendees with the tools necessary to make the transition from competing as a team racer to getting into the umpire RIB and overseeing the racing.
Guided by instructors Chris Atkins, Chris Lindsay and Jon Napier, the 15 attendees discussed the qualities needed to be a good umpire and refreshed themselves on the rules of part 2 (when boats meet) before diving into the detail of how umpires discuss the interactions between the boats in order to reach a decision on any rule breaches.
Use of breakout rooms allowed the attendees the opportunity to work together in smaller groups through some examples of common situations, practicing how the conversation between the two umpires should flow.
After lunch, a brief insight into the principles and procedures behind signalling decisions was given before a discussion on driving around the course and tips on how to position the umpire RIB in order to be in the best location for viewing incidents. Finally, the course wrapped up with some tips on how to self-develop and the best ways on getting out onto the water as an umpire.
The RYA is currently reviewing feedback from the course and are planning to run similar judge and race management courses remotely in the coming months.