Glenn Dawson

Race Management Committee

I've been sailing radio controlled boats for longer than I care to remember! It is a great recreation, which provides both enjoyment and a challenge. I am interested in Race Management and am the Chairman of the ARYA's Race Management Committee. I hope this course helps people who wish to participate in radio sailing as Race Officers around the world.

Reviews (21)

Great course!!!
Geoffrey Oliver
Very good glen d. You practice what you peach so to speak. Look forward to actually racing against you one of these days.
Kind regards Geoff oliver
Ian Dowsett
Certainly tests ones knowledge of rules and management systems for Regattas.Never knew there was so much involved.
Very well worth the time and effort to learn it all.
Murray Cummings




This course is designed to give you practical information regarding the duties and responsibilities of a Race Officer for radio sailing events. It is designed for people who have experience in radio sailing and wish to improve their knowledge and capability to act as a race officer for club, regional, state and national regattas.

While the course is based on Australian race management policy, it is intended to be available and useful for the radio sailing community worldwide.

The course contains 11 modules. Each module should take about 30 minutes to complete. Please finish each module and complete the assessment tasks before moving on to the next one.


The topics to be covered:

1.       General Principles, Definitions and Documents

2.       Race Officer tasks prior to the commencement of racing

3.       Skippers Briefing and Announcements

4.       Race Officer tasks at the start of a race

5.       Race Officer tasks during racing

6.       Race Officer tasks at the conclusion of a race

7.       Course setting

8.       Start procedures

9.       Finish procedures

10.     Protest management

11.     Heat Management System.


The primary references for the course are: 

·         ARYA Race Management Manual

·         Racing Rules of Sailing – current version

·         ARYA Standard Notice of Race

·         ARYA Standard Sailing Instructions

·         Heat Management System – current version.

There are links in Module 1 to these documents. It is recommended that you download them to assist you in completing the course.


Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, the participant will have sufficient knowledge and information to be able to conduct the task of Race Officer at club and regional regattas.

After satisfactorily performing Race Officer duties at a number of regattas of this level, the participant should then have sufficient knowledge and experience to undertake duties at State Championships and subsequently National Championships.

The aim is to improve the standard, consistency and efficiency of radio sailing regattas at all levels throughout Australia.



Assessment is by way of multiple choice questions. The assessment tasks are set to an 80 per cent correct pass mark. We request that each module be completed and passed prior to proceeding to the next one. At the completion of the course, your details will be recorded and you will receive a certificate of completion.


Note for International participants

The course has been written to comply with the Australian Radio Yachting Association’s race management policies and sailing instructions. ARYA have followed the IRSA Race management policies with only a few variations. Where ARYA provisions differ from IRSA Race Management practices, the differences have been explained. There are only a few incidences of these situations, and we hope this will not deter you from participating in the course.

New Zealand skippers will find that the NZRYA have adopted the ARYA practices.


Get Started

Firstly, you will need to log in to Eliademy and Enroll in the course.

The Modules can be found in the "Content" tab. Click on the module, and either open, or save the document. Read through the information along with the suggested reading.

Once you have completed the reading, go to the "Tasks" tab and find the Quiz that relates to the module you have read. There are two opportunities to do the quiz before submitting it.

If you would like to share your experience and knowledge, make suggestions or ask questions, there is a "Discussions" tab which allows you to contribute to existing discussion, or start up a new topic.

We hope that you will increase your knowledge about managing regattas and that you enjoy working through the Course.

Course content

  • Module 1: General Principles, Definitions and Documents

  • Module 2: Race Officer Tasks prior to racing

  • Module 3: Skipper's briefing and making announcements during racing.

  • Module 4: Race Officer duties at the start of a race.

  • Module 5: Race Officer tasks during the race.

  • Module 6: Race Officer duties at the conclusion of a race.

  • Module 7: Setting the course

  • Module 8: Starting procedure

  • Module 9: Finish line procedures

  • Module 10: Protest procedure

  • Module 11: Managing the Heat Management System

Interested? Enroll to this course right now.

There is more to learn