Kudos to my friend Clemmie Everett on her article about race committee. [“Coaches’ Corner: RC Duty”; June, 2015]
Many clubs need young people to step up and help with RC. While spending time with one’s family is certainly important, time can be made to give back to the sport.
RCs work very hard and sometimes take abuse. (No, the Mooseheads are not a form of abuse.) Anyone who sails should go out of his or her way to thank the RC. Even better, join them.
Bill Sandberg, via email
Bill – Indeed, some of the best sailing lessons can be learned while working RC Duty. Absorbing the vast knowledge of seasoned race officers, learning to set a proper course, watching good (and bad) starts and learning about one’s competitors’ habits are all invaluable – and can be garnered while giving a little back to the sport.