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Race Committee

The Annapolis Yacht Club Race Committee is responsible for running all of the "adult" sailboat racing that is hosted by AYC. The race committee also runs junior championships. Weekend regattas and championships usually happen between April and early-November. The Wednesday Night Racing series runs from the last Wednesday in April until Labor Day. The winter Frostbite Series traditionally starts the first Sunday in November and runs through last Sunday before Christmas, then starts up again the first Sunday in February through the end of March. We host a special, fun day of racing on New Year's Day known as the Hangover Bowl. The Race Committee is on the water a minimum of 35 days for the annually scheduled weekend events, another 10-15 days for championship regattas hosted by the Club, and about another 25 Wednesday and Sundays.  In 2018, the Race Committee is scheduled to run approximately 80 "circles" of racing.

The social aspect of Race Committee is great fun, as you’ll get to know fellow members of the Club who give up their time to ensure that the sailors get not only a large quantity of races BUT most importantly, quality races. Post racing for most events there is a social function at the Club and Race Committee members are welcome.

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2019 Race Committee Kickoff

Sunday, March 10 Update

We had a great RC Kickoff in our new Sailing Center on March 9.  For those that missed it, here is a copy of the slides.

We will be holding a several skills sessions over the next few weeks on a variety of topics.  If you are interested in being part of one or more, please let Linda know (  Topic will include: Timing, Scoring, Recording Starts, Navigating, Recording Finishes.  We also plan sessions to review and update various processes that are part of our handbook:  Equipment Load-out, Signal Boat Setup, Setting Start/Finish Lines, Setting Weather Mark, Setting Gates.


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Getting Involved with the Race Committee

Click here to log-in to our RC Volunteer Service Site (hosted by CERVIS) to register to serve on race committee, or review/edit your prior commitments.

Click here for our Introduction to the RC packet of information.

For weekend events and championships, we are currently using the CERVIS software to manage our RC volunteer registration and duty rosters.  In February, the committee members are sent a sign-up sheet for the year’s schedule.  Using CERVIS, members indicate which events they want to work and if they have a boat they wish to volunteer for course duty.  We rely heavily on member-volunteered boats to run our regattas.  Based on the sign-ups, the Race Chairman assigns Principal Race Officers, Mark Boat Operators, and Race Committee to each event. Various skill sets for the mark boats and signal boats are necessary so committee members are assigned based on their individual preferences and background. 

In April, we host an annual Race Committee Kickoff meeting followed by at least two half-days of RC training for those existing and prospective Race Committee members.  We review GPS skills, signal boat operations, mark boat operations, scoring, and sound and signal management.  You will need to supply your own GPS but we’ll work with you on how to set marks per the instructions given by the Signal Boat, how to adjust marks due to wind shifts, etc.

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With a stellar reputation for Race Management both on and off the water, many National and International Regatta Committees request the opportunity to hold their events at the Club. Most major visiting regattas are on the calendar 2-3 years in advance so that both Race Committee and Clubhouse/Banquet services can be scheduled accordingly. Some of the visiting regattas over the past few years have been the Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship (3 times), the Star Worlds, the J/22 and J/24 Worlds, major Farr 40 International Regattas and in 2012, the Junior Olympics with over 150 boats participating on 5 race circles. In 2007, AYC ran the largest J/105 event with 69 entries for their North Americans. Other events include the inaugural 90-boat J/70 North Americans (the largest single J/70 championship to date), the 4th running of the J/105 North Americans at AYC, and in 2014 the J/22 and J/80 North American Championships. During the year, no less than 3 Junior Fleet regattas are run with participation from the RC as well as parent volunteers.

If you have questions about joining Race Committee, please contact Race Chairman, Sandy Grosvenor, 410-703-1481 or Linda Ambrose, Regatta Manager, 410-858-4964

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