SLYC 2019 Weekend Race Starters Job Posting
SLYC is now accepting summer job applications for Weekend Race Head Starter and Weekend Race Assistant Starter.
The Head Starter and Assistant Starter work as a team and are responsible for the operation of all weekend sailing races. You must be available for all weekend races throughout the season including special event regattas hosted by SLYC that are held in lieu of the regular weekend racing (such as the Catboat regatta in August).
● Arriving at the Yacht Club with sufficient time to prepare, set the course, and start on time
● Preparing and maintaining in good repair all race equipment and the committee boat
● Assessing the conditions and determining where the race will take place and what course is to be sailed
● Monitoring weather conditions and making safe and timely decisions to postpone or abandon a race.
● Starting Races on time. Starters should understand Stony Lake wind oscillations when setting the course to minimize the chance of delays caused from repositioning the marks.
● Capably operating races under current Racing Rules of Sailing and overseeing every result taken including penalties and disqualifications.
● Maintaining the race schedule for which trophies and classes will be awarded on each date
● Recording results and posting to the SLYC website
A full job description is detailed below
Please send your resume detailing your qualifications along with a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please apply by April 15, 2019. We will contact those applicants we wish to interview. After this date, applicants will continue to be considered if a candidate has not been identified to fill the position.
Director of Weekend Racing
Weekend Race Starters Job Descriptions
Schedule and Race Day Routine
● Arrive at the Yacht Club with sufficient time to prepare, to set the course, and start on time
● Refer to the race schedule for which trophies and classes will be awarded on each date
● Assess the conditions and determine where the race will take place and what course is to be sailed
● Races must start on time - starters should understand and consider the Stony Lake wind oscillations when setting the course to minimize the chance of delays caused from repositioning the marks.
● Results are to be posted during the week following the race by the Starters.
● The program used to administrate the results is Sailwave (www.sailwave.com).
● There is a SLYC database that was set up in 2006, which is to be handed off to the next year’s starters.
● After every race, the results must be posted directly to www.slyc.ca – from there they can be printed off and posted on the clubhouse notice board.
● Starters must remember when recording and scoring each race to:
1) Record every boat along with its actual elapsed time and its time adjusted for its handicap
2) Indicate the wind conditions using the Beaufort Scale
3) Record the boat, class, skipper and any crew
Roles and Responsibilities of the Starters (2 Employees)
The Head Starter’s role and responsibilities are to:
● Arrive at the club at least 1-½ hours before race(s) are scheduled to start to:
● Prepare the starting boat and to inflate the marks
● Set the course
● Manage and care for the inventory to ensure all marks, flags, signal equipment, logs and pens, anchors and safety equipment are ready for use. Ensure Race committee boat is in good working order and properly maintained.
● Must inform the Director of Weekend Racing whenever there is something needed the week before it is needed.
● Maintain and store the results logbook and record the following data for each race and participant
a) Race conditions at the start of each race using the Beaufort Scale
b) Every participant present and the boat class they are sailing
c) Which trophy is being raced
d) Elapsed time of every competitor for each race
● Be familiar with the results tabulation program Sailwave found at www.sailwave.com
● Post the results at the end of every weekend directly onto the www.slyc.ca website using Sailwave
● The Yacht Club tablet will be used by the Starters to bill racing participants at the end of each weekend race (for those who pay per day). Guidelines and instructions provided by the Director for Weekend Racing and the Director for Membership.
● Have access to a computer and the internet for the posting of weekly updates.
● Must be familiar with the trophies / series for every weekend including type of course to be sailed and classes designated to compete for each trophy.
● Be available for all weekend races throughout the season including special event regattas hosted by SLYC that are held in lieu of the regular weekend racing (such as the Catboat regatta in August)
● Oversee every result taken including penalties and disqualifications.
● Be familiar with racing time limits (check Racing Rules of Sailing 2005-2008)
● On unsafe weather, light or no wind conditions – to have full discretion to abandon or postpone the race.
● The Head Starter has the authority to DSQ a competitor for not finishing in time or for being over the start line early (OCS)
● Every effort should be made to start races at the scheduled time. This requires that the course be set so that either the race sequence begins or the postponement (AP) flag goes up at the designated time. (The ONLY reasons to postpone or abandon will be because of unsafe weather, a BIG wind shift or no wind conditions)
● The Head Starter and the Assistant Starter must function as a team, sharing responsibilities and establishing a system to ensure that their duties are carried out effectively and completely.
● The role of the Assistant Starter is similar to that of the Head Starter.
● The Head and Assistant must function as a team, sharing responsibilities and establishing a system to ensure that their duties are carried out effectively and completely.
● The Assistant is considered to be the successor to the Head Starter. He/She must learn the roles and responsibilities so that they can take over if the Head is absent or in preparation to become the Head. This includes learning how to use Sailwave, setting of a course, executing the starting sequence including the display of flags, sound signals, changing course and postponement procedures.