Dai, you are the man. Thank you and your esteemed college Tony Smith for running the race training evening. I was surprised to see people like Laurie there, but he gave it kudos, and the un asked questions he then asked were insightful. Thanks Laurie.
James, Sally, Colin Pope, Olaf, Glenn and Russ also attended and were taken through the procedures of how to run a race from start (walking into the club) and finish (drinking beer). Dai in his usual laid back manner gave all the relevant do's and dont's, which with his humour and charm he and his lovely assistant passed over their knowledge. I'm not going to do a verbatim account of the evening you will need to do the evening for that, but a couple of points to make people feel comfortable about volunteering. You are god for the day; nobody can supersede your decisions, unless you are being dangerous and/or stupid.
Hal is easy, everybody now (bar maybe 1 or 2) likes it and can use it. The sheet Richard De Lisle has made for instruction is idiot proof and even if you have never pushed start on a computer you will be able to follow this. Thanks Richard, this has made life easier. On a similar note Ben Skull, who spends hours putting the information in and doctoring when needed, with him we wouldn't have the Hal system now, thanks Ben you are a quiet hero.
We are struggling to find race officers to man the tower, so even if you fancy being the 3rd person just to watch please do. The race officer of the day will welcome it, and you get free tea. Also watch how to deal with pushy sailors wanting a course that suits their boats all can be revealed. Plus cadets also we need you so you can become an overbearing middle aged person with too much nose hair*.
Thanks also to Richard who ran race officer training for the cadet section on the May bank holiday weekend.
Cheers all, happy racing.
* Editor: I hope this doesn't include the ladies!