Running Racing

Information to help race officials, event organisers and others involved in running racing at all levels from club racing to international championships.

Race official training & qualifications

Please Note:

Please complete the Race Officials Courses waiting list if the course you are looking for isn’t listed, we will then contact you when the course is available to book.

Club courses & training resources

Access the resources we have available for clubs to help develop their volunteers and club race teams.

Sign up for Race official Courses

Are you interested in getting into officiating? Take a look at our upcoming courses.

Regional & national courses

Information on the RYA Race Official courses we offer, for those who are interested in becoming a qualified RYA Race Official.

Race official development

Find out about the race official development events, articles and videos the RYA have available to help race officials.

Appointment criteria & policies

All the information for current & prospective race officials on the appointment criteria and qualification policies.

Application & reference forms

Application and reference forms for RYA Race Official qualifications.

Race officials map

The RYA Race Officials directory is currently being updated, if you require any assistance please email . The Directory allows you to search for Judges, Mark Layers, Measurers, Race Officers & Umpires by name, location and qualification type.

The RYA Racing Charter

The RYA Racing Charter promotes rule observance and encourages sportsmanship and good communication between competitors and organisers.

Umpire Red Flag

Find out about the different roles that you can get involved with to help run racing.

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Information on the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS), Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) and RYA Anti-Doping Rules

Volunteer event roles

Whether you prefer to sit on the sidelines or get involved in the excitement of racing there’s a range of event volunteer roles to suit your talents.

Resources & Guidance
Advisory services

The RYA advisory services offer prompt informal advice on racing rules and race management queries from members and affiliated organisations.

Course diagrams and flags

A range of different course diagrams and images of flags for use in sailing instructions.

Guidance notes

Guidance and good practice for competitors and race officials on racing rules, running racing and other aspects of race officiating.

Race official development

Find out about the race official development events, articles and videos the RYA have available to help race officials.

Speed charts

Information useful to those setting courses.


Standard forms and wordings that can be used by events as templates for their entry forms, notices of race and other event paperwork.

Technical services

The RYA technical team provide a number of services to help support clubs and classes running racing.

The IHC Scheme is a World Sailing initiative allowing manufacturers to carry out equipment control and certify equipment through a quality management system avoiding the need for boat owners to find and arange for sail measurement.


The RYA is the Certification Authority for all National and a number of International Classes. Click here to apply for a new measurement certificate for a change of owner or address.

The RYA is the Class Rules Authority for 11 National Classes. Click here to access the class rules and measurement forms.

The PY Scheme has been running since the 1950s and continues to provide clubs with a method of facilitating mixed class handicap dinghy racing.

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The RYAYTC powered by the RORC Rating Office is a new initiative to promote participation in racing by cruising yachts and cruiser-racers.


The RYA's mission to create an aspirational environment for development and promotion of race officials under the age of 35

Race Officials Academy
Contact us
Racing - General Enquiries
023 8060 4100
RYA East Regional Rules Advisor
01223 246145
RYA East Regional Race Management Coordinator
07463 369419
RYA London & South East Regional Rules Advisor
07970 904970
RYA London & South East Regional Race Management Coordinator
07515 022072
RYA Midlands Regional Rules Advisor
RYA Midlands Regional Race Management Coordinator
RYA North Regional Rules Advisor
RYA North East Regional Race Management Coordinator
RYA North Regional Rules Advisor
RYA North West Regional Race Management Coordinator
07798 644871
RYA Northern Ireland Race Management Coordinator
07809 395294
RYA Northern Ireland Rules Advisor
07802 774749
RYA Scotland Coach Education and Development Manager
RYA Regional Rules Advisor ( Scotland)
07714 125381
RYA South Regional Rules Advisor
RYA South Regional Race Management Coordinator
07860 959666
RYA South West Regional Rules Advisor
07889 325895
RYA South West Regional Race Management Coordinator
07775 645835
RYA Cymru Wales Rules Advisor
RYA Cymru Wales Race Management Coordinator