Oakcliff Sailing to Host Winter Seminar Series

Oakcliff Sailing to Host Winter Seminar Series

January 15, 2016 – Oakcliff Sailing is committed to educating American sailors. The center has partnered with US Sailing to host a series of six individual seminars held throughout the winter months. These seminars are open to anyone interested in expanding their knowledge:

US Sailing Club Judge Seminar – Saturday, January 30
US Sailing Advanced Judge Roundtable – Saturday, February 13
US Sailing Advanced Umpire Seminar – Saturday, February 20
How to Run a Match Race Seminar  – Sunday, March 6 
Match Racing Test Rules Seminar – Sunday, March 13
US Sailing Advanced Race Officer Seminar – Saturday and Sunday, April 2 & 3


The seminars will be held at Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay, New York. Registration can be done through the links above or by visiting the Oakcliff calendar at oakcliffsailing.org/calendar.
US Sailing Club Judge Seminar
January 30
The Club Judge Seminar (CLS) is for people who are interested in initial certification as a US Sailing Club Judge. Some protest committee experience is helpful, but not required. The purpose of the seminar is to improve the quality, consistency and fairness of protest hearings and results at the club level. Topics include deriving facts from testimony, managing hearings properly, applying applicable rules and arriving at conclusions and a decision. Registered attendees will be able to take the online test after completing the seminar. You will need your own copy of The Racing Rules of Sailing.
$75 seminar fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
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US Sailing Advanced Judge Roundtable
February 13
The US Sailing Judges Committee has approved Continuing Education classes for certified Judges. This will be the full day seminar and worth 70 CE credits. Oakcliff Sailing, with the help of Instructor Bruce Cook, is hosting this new type of seminar so certified Judges do not need to attend the same seminars as those attempting to become certified. The agenda for the day is partly determined by the attendees and will discuss the leading issues that Judges are facing. Judges may want to attend just to stay current on some of the more interesting challenges facing Judges on the water and in the protest room, even if your certification is not about to expire.
$75 seminar fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
Click here for more information.


US Sailing Advanced Umpire Seminar
February 20
This seminar is a review of the Test Rules for Match Racing that have been announced by World Sailing and will be adapted for most US match racing events in 2016; Appendix Q (Fleet Race Umpiring); Rule 42; and a discussion of topics identified by participants in the program. This is intended as a continuing education opportunity for anyone who is interested, but will qualify for certification credit only for people who are currently certified umpires. This sanctioned seminar will include the test required for re-certification as a US Sailing Umpire. The seminar will begin at 0800 and last until 1700. The instructors for this workshop will be Bruce Cook, a World Sailing International Umpire and Judge; and a US Sailing Umpire and National Judge.
$75 seminar fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
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How to Run a Match Race Seminar
March 6
The purpose of this seminar is to educate interested participants on the basics of how to organize, coordinate, and run a successful Match Race Regatta. Oakcliff Sailing Center has quickly become one of the pre-eminent Match Race Sailing Centers in the world.  Come learn how it’s done! The seminar intends to provide the interested Race Officer with a basic knowledge of the specific organization, tools, staffing and equipment requirements needed for all areas of running a Match Race. Different than your average fleet race, this seminar will highlight each area that is unique, integral and important to a Match Race from the Organizing Authority, Umpire, Race Committee, and Competitor needs. New from last year will be match race specific hands on material to make the graduate feel confident in their newly acquired skills.
$75 seminar fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
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Dave Perry Match Racing Test Rules Onshore Clinic
March 13
The Match Racing Test Rules for 2016 explained by match racing champion and rules expert Dave Perry. Where is rule 17 and what have they done to rule 18? Most match racing in 2016 will be using these test rules, including here in the US. These modifications will result in some significant changes in how the game is played. Whether you plan to do one match race regatta or join us regularly, you will want to learn what the new rules are. Bring your regular and occasional crew so the entire boat will be up to speed on situations and they can help you stay away from fouls and penalties. A strong understanding of the rules leads to better tactical decisions and results.
$30 ($25 for Oakcliff Sailing Supporters)
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US Sailing Advanced Race Officer Seminar
April 2 & 3
This seminar is for experienced race officers who would like to refresh and increase their knowledge of topics such as: organizing an event, writing the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, RC equipment, race committee preparations, setting the starting line, setting the course, starting, finishing and scoring. Oakcliff Sailing is thrilled to have Luigi back as his stories two years ago kept the whole room entertained. Led by Tom Duggan, this seminar will address high level race officer issues. If you have been volunteering for race committee work, this is the perfect opportunity to meet some of the most respected race officers in the area and to learn from them.
$125 seminar fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks.
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Oakcliff Sailing is a non-profit coaching and training center for sailors who have progressed beyond traditional coaching methods. The center can be contacted by email at race@oakcliffsailing.org or by calling (516) 802-0368.


For more information: 
Scott Guinn
Director of Public Relations
Oakcliff Sailing
(845) 664-8012