RC FAQ

Who is on the Race Committee?
Many volunteers are racers, former racers, friends and family of competitors, and anyone who enjoys the camaraderie of the yacht racing community. Racing experience is not necessarily required, but we are looking for committed and organized team players interested in racing and race management.

How can I contribute?
The Race Committee's work-on-the water involves setting up the race courses, starting races, and recording the finishing competitors. There are many positions available, from committee boat drivers, mark setters, timers, flag signalers, and recorders. There are also opportunities off the water, including score keeping and assisting with registration for large events. Training is provided for novices, as well as for experienced members wanting to further their skills, including Race Management Certification.

How often do I volunteer?
Race Committee members volunteer anywhere from 1-46+ days but most average 13 days on-the-water in a season.  All volunteers are encouraged to participate regularly to develop skillful teams for our events. The committee also gathers onshore for monthly meetings and several social activities throughout the year, such as cocktail parties and dinners.

Where can I get more information to share with others interested in the Race Committee?
Please email the Regatta Manager at regattamanager@chicagoyachtclub.org.