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Duties

How to book your duties to help at the Club

Have your diary/calendar ready to see which dates will suit you.

Now click on Duty Roster and scroll down through the list of dates. Click on the big green 'VOLUNTEER' button for a task/day that suits you.

Volunteering and helping out is all part of being a Club member; we ask our members to help out a minimum of two days each year. Some enjoy it and help out more frequently. You can also meet other members of the club and make new friends.

I'm not trained - what sort of duties can I do?

Rescue RIB Crew: The Coxswain driving the RIB will tell you what to do. You might be asked to keep watch in a particular direction. You might be asked to help a sailor climb out of the water into the RIB (normally you would grab their buoyancy aid shoulder strap and pull). If you ask - you might be offered a little RIB driving experience.

Assistant Race Officer: The Race Officer will tell you what to do. You will be on a committee boat and might be asked to call out sail numbers as they cross the line. You might be asked to write down sail numbers as someone else calls them out. You might be asked to call out timings (there'll be a clock).

Ferry Driver: you need to have been trained (please ask at the office). You will be issued a handheld VHF and you will be asked to sit by the Ferryman's hut in the cruiser park. Your job is to take sailors to/from boats on moorings. (You will NOT be asked to do rescue/safety).

Club Race Officer: you need to be a confident racing sailor, with experience as ARO, and you should have been trained (please ask at the office).

Coxswain: our Club coxswains all have the RYA Safety Boat certificate, lots of RIB driving experience, and a First Aid qualification. We welcome new coxswains and we subsidise the cost of training. If you'd like to find out more - please ask at the office of any of the Coxswains.

Gate Duty: On exceptionally busy weekends we sometimes need volunteers to man the gate and direct traffic whilst visitors are arriving.

Background

Our Club Bylaws say that " 4.8 All members are required to do a minimum of two duties per year on race committee boat or rescue unless medical or other reasons do not permit, in which case the Office must be informed and will offer alternative duties."

Council have interpreted 'All members' as 'all voting members'. Many members, including non-voting members, do a lot extra - for example most parents help out at Youth & Junior training and events.

Last updated 12:44 on 18 May 2022

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