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RUNNING THE SHOW

A key difference between well-run events and those in which too many elements appear to be at risk of becoming a shambles is often in the systems behind the scenes and the equipment available to race officials. Anyone who has been responsible for running a regatta or series of races is familiar with the huge number of different tasks involved.

Experienced race officers all have their favourite kit, though some items are almost ubiquitous, despite the wide variety of styles of racing and types of boat. Essential items include a hand-bearing compass and waterproof hand-held VHF radios. If racing on the sea, a tidal atlas and hand-held GPS that can be used reliably with wet, gloved hands are also needed.

VHFs are used for communication with both competitors and other race officials, such as mark-laying boats. They are also an important safety item for liaising with coastguard and on-water rescue services. Given their importance, it’s

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