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9 RACING 9 Race Management


Officials play a key role in the organisation and management of any sailing race or regatta! These officials are largely made up of volunteers who are trained by the HKSF or other national or international bodies. The HKSF provides training and certification programmes for Race Officers, Judges and Umpires from the Club to National level. Officiating is a fun way to volunteer, get involved and contribute to the running of sailing competition.

Event Volunteers are always in high demand! From helping out on site during an event to being a key member of the Organising Committee, there is a role for everyone! Below are descriptions of the key roles.

Race Officials

Race Officials

Race Officers

A Race Officer is ideally an on the water manager who is in charge of running the sailing race. Being a Race Officer places you at the heart of sailing competition. The role requires the ability to perform an entire day on-water, displaying a range of skills such as race equipment preparation, on water race management and monitoring course safety. The RO should have an overview of what is happening around the entire race course and should make decisions such as necessary course changes, postponements etc.


An Umpire is responsible for making decisions about the rules of sailing when asked to do so by competitors and will be present on the race course to monitor the action during events. Both Match and Team Racing use a system of umpiring, in which penalties are imposed during the race, avoiding, for the most part, the need for conventional protests.

List of Currently Approved National Umpires
Name Status Next renewal date
David Fan IU 2022
Alain Choi Hok Lung NU 31/12/2024


At the core of sailing competition is the Racing Rules of Sailing which all participants abide by. The work of a Judge includes a wide range of services to competitors and race organisers, including the hearing of protests and requests for redress, deciding questions of eligibility and boat measurement compliance, and being present on the water watching for rule infringements.

If you are interested in supporting our sport and becoming a Race Officer please get in touch.


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