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:

  1. 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.
  2. Race committee is in charge of fun. Your number 1 priority is to make sure that everyone has a good time.
  3. 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.
  4. It is a prime opportunity to actually memorize what those nicely colored flags actually mean.

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