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It can be a thankless job, which is why some boats make a point of thanking the rc as they pass the finish line. You will need to be out there well before the race starts, and stay out there regardless of conditions and boredom until the Dead Last But Finished boat comes in. Make sure you've got clothing and food, drink, sunblock, to deal with "I'm gonnabe stuck on a boat all day" because during the bulk of the racing, you'll be stuck on a boat. If you have binoculars, that can make it more interesting.
You'll need lots of patience and attention, if you miss something or mis-time it, see "thankless job" above.
A lot of clubs rotate rc duty among all series entrants, or use other ways to get volunteers rotated in so they don't burn out.
And then of course there's the racing rules. It is the racers job, not yours, to say what did or didn't happen. But if you're going to follow it, or serve on the protest committee, you'll want to obtain the racing rules, read them until most seem clear, and then get hold of one of the many books on the rules (!) to see how they apply in context. And possibly one of the books of appeals and protests, that also explain how protests have been decided and rules applied, setting precedents.
If you are also racing, or considering racing, all that reading will also pay off. Anyone who can really understand the rules on a racing boat, is armed with a very useful weapon.
But for the committee boat? Mainly, patience, and attention to timing. Keep your focus on the clock and what's assigned to you. Hoist a flag two seconds too fast or slow--and they're all going to be cursing you. (See "thankless job", above.)