Being the Officer of the Day [O.D.]
This is a key role and this guide is designed to help those who are new to carry it out well, and in as relaxed a way as possible. This is a very basic guide to get you going.
Setting a course –
- First check the wind direction, the start should be into the wind. You can choose any marks to act as a start line, if you are lucky this will be in front of the clubhouse. You can use the safety boat as a committee boat to act as one end of the start line and they will police the start.
- Second, a lap should last about 10+ minutes so adjust the course to suit, long on a windy day and short on a calm day. Try and include different points of sail in the course.
- Thirdly, put the course up on the white board, use both drawing and a list [the list is the one that counts], also put the signing on sheet out for racers to sign up (you will need this later)
Running the race
The machine will do all the work for you, switch it on and the siren will sound. At 5 minutes the start siren will sound, if a boat is ‘over the line’ give two hoots to recall them back over the lane to restart [ tell the safety boat by radio who is over]
The signing on sheet is used to record the results. The finish is indicated when the lead boat crosses the line at about an hour of racing. Give them a hoot and write down their time. Do this for each racer as they cross the line. You will need to calculate their corrected times if it is a mixed fleet race. The PY handicap will be written on the sheet. See the book for calculation.
When all corrected times are calculated you can record 1,2,3 etc. We also want the OD to record the scores on the club laptop.