One of the key focus points of the Conference will be training Race Officials outside their specific area. John DOERR, the chairman of the ISAF Race Officials Committee and head of the presenting team at the Conference, says this is to make sure officials have a thorough knowledge, not just of their discipline, but of the functioning of a Race Officials team as a whole.
"At events we want the Race Officials to be thought of and to act as one team with different functions. In order to do this we have to ensure that all the different team members clearly understand and appreciate each others roles. So the Measurers know what the Race Officers are doing and how to bring a case to the Jury, for example," DOERR explained.
"One of the key questions we'll be asking is how do we change the way we train people in the future to ensure we create this cross-over of knowledge," DOERR added.
Along with DOERR, fellow presenters are Josje HOFLAND, Jan STAGE, David SPRAGUE and Nino SHMUELI.
The Instructors Conference is just one element of the ISAF Race Officials Programme which encompasses the training, assessment, support and appointment of International Race Official worldwide.
ISAF Race Officials - www.sailing.org/raceofficials