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Alasdair MacKenzie

I started sailing as a child, with my aunt and uncle, cruising on the west coast of Scotland and competing in West Highland Week (this was on an old wooden yacht, built in 1939). They decided to get a bit more competitive, and bought a half tonner, then a quarter tonner, and we competed at Clyde Week, Dublin, Cork, and Cowes. My sailing continued with two Fastnets, and many RORC races. I moved to the Middle East, and recent sailing has been between the extremes of racing a Laser for many years, and crewing on a Volvo 60 doing “trips round the bay” for Abu Dhabi tourists. While there, I was the Racing Secretary for the Abu Dhabi Sailing Club.

I hope that organising the racing for the Phoenix Yacht Club is easier than recalculating the personal handicaps for helms and crew on a weekly basis!

If you have a look at my website, www.graniteunderfoot.com, you can read about my other hobby.

Role summary:

To promote and develop racing within the club.

Responsible to:

Rear Commodore – Sailing

Role detail:

  1. To develop and promote an annual race programme.
  2. To manage the completion and submission of the annual RORC/ISAF Safety Checklist – working with, and involving, the club Safety Officer
  3. To identify suitable skippers and crew and manage all entries into selected RORC races.
  4. To identify suitable skippers and crew for RTI race and assist skipper with completing the entry.
  5. To ensure that any boat that requires it is correctly IRC rated, including annual renewals, working with and involving, the appropriate boat Bosun.
  6. To ensure all entry and safety criteria have been met for any boat entry, including skipper and crew training and qualifications.
  7. To work with the Rear Commodore – Admin when reviewing Incident Reports as a result of racing and to put in place remedial actions where appropriate.