The Racing Rules of Sailing
Time & Location
About the Event
Part 1: The Racing Rules of Sailing that will help you understand Race management
Part 2: 2021 – 2024 Racing Rules of Sailing | A review of the new rules and changes to the old rules
No cost to attend | Donations appreciated | See Registration Form
HOST: Fields Gunsett
I began sailing at the age of 12 on a small board boat purchased because my parents thought it would be a good family activity. I was never involved in youth sailing; it was merely a recreational activity. I began sailing competitively after graduating from graduate school in the mid-1980s. First sailing a Portsmouth Handicap boat and then becoming involved with the Flying Scot class in North Carolina. I am a middle-of-the-pack sailor - competent but not excellent. I sail for the pleasure and the passion of the sport. Shortly after starting to sail competitively, I recognized that this is a pay-to-play sport for most of us - we all need to give back, and I began working in race management. I was a Club Race officer during the days of USYRA, before the current certification system offered by US Sailing. I then became certified under the current system and am a US Sailing certified Regional Race Officer. I am also certified to teach the basic race management class. I became a US Sailing certified Judge in 2006 and a National Judge in 2016. I am also certified as a Club Judge instructor. I have had the good fortune to serve as a judge at many events in the Chicago area and serve as the principal race officer for events hosted by Chicago Corinthian and Columbia yacht clubs.