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Sunday March 6, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
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Oakcliff Sailing 
4 South Street
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

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Bill Simon 
Oakcliff Sailing 

How to run a Match Race Regatta Seminar 



The purpose of this seminar is to educate interested participants on the basics of how to organize, coordinate and run a successful Match Race Regatta.  Oakcliff Sailing Center has quickly become one of the pre-eminent Match Race Sailing Centers in the world.  Come learn how it’s done!

The seminar intends to provide the interested Race Officer with a basic knowledge of the specific organization, tools, staffing and equipment requirements needed for all areas of running a Match Race.  Different than your average fleet race, this seminar will highlight each area that is unique, integral and important to a Match Race from the Organizing Authority, Umpire, Race Committee, and the Competitor needs.

New from last year will be match race specific hands on material to make the graduate feel confident in their newly aquired skills.


Match Racing has become increasingly popular, especially with the younger generation of sailors. The demand is dramatically increasing at all ages.  So we at Oakcliff feel that the unique skills needed to provide a great OA & Umpire and Race Officer experience for these events will be increasing as well.  We have developed this seminar so that participants will learn from experienced Match Race Event officers about:

  • The Organizing Authority: Its Event Organization responsibilities Publicity, Equipment Preparation, Competitor Selection, Umpire and Race Committee Selection and Race Documents
  • The Umpires: The Chief Umpires responsibility including Umpire selection, Event preparation, On the Water Umpiring, Debriefs, and special equipment needs.
  • The Race Committee: Their responsibilities: including Race Committee selection, special RC equipment, Course Layout, Scoring.
  • The Competitor: Their expectations and goals for coming to the event, including sailing venue, boats provided, breakdown support, onshore events, ISAF rankings and trophy awards.

Participants will learn information specific to a Match Race event. This seminar will provide detailed information about the programs, resources and uses of officials and information needed for most events, including:

  • The Racing Rule of Sailing 2013-2016, Appendix Including the Match Race Test Rules
  • Match Race documents including the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions.
  • Special Boat and Support craft needs for all areas of the event. (Competitors & RC/Ump)
  • Special Equipment needs for all areas of the event (RC and Umpire Boats)
  • How to organize (and re-organize) the Event Format, Rotations, Flights, and Matches.
  • Understanding the Courses & the importance of good Event Time Management.
  • Understanding how to Score, Tie Break and use special scoring tools and software programs.
  • Understanding what to do when things go wonky…

 - Abandoning a Race, Breakdowns, Protests, Redress and other unique on the water events.

  • How the MR Event Team (OA, Umpires & RC) communicate and work together
  • The importance of a Debrief!
  • US Sailing and ISAF Match Racing Tools & Resources.


  • Sunday, March 6, 2016
  • 8:00 am Sign In,  8:30 – 4:30 Seminar
  • 4:30 – 5:30 Open Questions, possible Special MR Guest for Q&A and stories!


  • Oakcliff Sailing Center, 4 South Street, Oyster Bay, NY


  • The seminar will be open to all experienced race officers and race organizers.  RC or Event experience will not be required to attend this seminar, but the seminar will assume participants have the basic skills and knowledge required for a running a club race level regatta event.


  • Sharon Bernd, US Sailing Regional Race Officer
  • Bruce Cook, International Umpire, International Judge, Past Chair and member of the US Sailing Umpire Committee, past member of the US Sailing Judges Committee, and US Sailing Senior Race Officer [retired National Race Officer]
  • Bill Simon, Race Program Director Oakcliff Sailing Center, Umpire, Judge, Club Race Officer


            Seminar Fee $75.00

  • includes continental breakfast, coffee and modest lunch (sandwiches & chips)
  • Online Registration & Payment (at Oakcliff Sailing Center website),
  • Pre-seminar student materials and relevant links provided.
  • Seminar handouts, several examples articles and takeaway materials.

ATTENDEES:  Max number 30

Participants who wish to attend should either have at least the US Sailing Club Race Officer Certificate, or the equivalent in experience of race management. Any Race Officer or Event Organizer can attend and the syllabus will assume a basic level of race management experience.

Participants should bring their own copy of the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016, as well as The Race Management Handbook, if they have one. Both can be down loaded from US Sailing.