I had the ‘opportunity’ to do race committee for HHSA this past weekend. At first I was skeptical, thinking this was a job that no salty racer really wants to do. I couldn’t have been more wrong. A couple of takeways:
- Being the boss is fun. I say that in jest, it is truly a democracy. The more experienced racers have many suggestions about course selection, wind direction and pin placement. It is wise to listen to them, but your decision is final in the end.
- Race committee is in charge of fun. Your number 1 priority is to make sure that everyone has a good time.
- You have a captive audience. This is a really good opportunity to get to know people better, exchange stories, and build relationships. You never know who is going to have a boat for you to sail on in the future.
- It is a prime opportunity to actually memorize what those nicely colored flags actually mean.