Assignment of Duties
Not only should the RC personnel be assigned specific duties, but the RC boats should be assigned specific functions.
The Committee Boat
The committee boat has all the equipment for starting races - signal flags, horns and recording forms. It will be the starting boat for all races and may be used as finish boat. The personnel manning it should include:
In the event of shortage of manpower, some of these duties may be combined.
Mark Boat. This is usually the larger jon boat and carries the course marks except the starting pin and spare mark. This boat should also carry code flag C and code flag S and a whistle for signaling course changes.
Finish Boat This boat should carry the spare course mark and the starting pin. It should also carry the blue flag for marking the finish line and code flag M and a whistle to serve the function of replacing a missing or drifted mark. It should have the necessary forms to record finishes. At the finish the crew will act as spotter and recorder.
Safety Boat. The Pink Lady is equipped to deal with most on the water emergencies. It is equipped with a gasoline powered pump for dewatering swamped boats, a tow line, a first aid kit and thermal blankets for cool weather. It should be manned by a minimum of two, but preferably three persons.
All RC boats must be have radio communication. Use of cell phones for backup communication is an excellent idea. Exchange phone numbers in advance.
The first priority of the race committee is the safety of the racers as well as all lake users. Any RC boats, including the committee boat, shall take the role of rescue boat in an emergency.