The fixed duty team system is replaced by a rota system that facilitates the most efficient management of resources and some choice of duty dates. Members choose specific skills groups and duty swaps are limited to members within each specific group. There should be 5 members for each day’s Race/Water team on Sundays plus at least 1 Catering. On Saturdays there should be 4 with no catering.
We ask the parents of Junior/Cadet members to undertake at least one Catering duty each year as part of membership and we encourage all members to train as Safety Boat Helms and take the RYA PB2 course, which the Club heavily subsidises.
In the winter the Sunday sailing ends after the B2B races with an aim of closing the club by 15:00.
On summer Sundays when Junior Sailing School (JSS) is NOT running, i.e. April, August and October, cruising can continue till 16:00. The Duty Officer may close the water from 15:00 if no-one is sailing.
On JSS Sundays, cruising can continue to 17:00. The Duty Officer hands over formal ‘on the water’ responsibility to the JSS leader by 15:00, i.e. once the rush to get everyone on the water is over.
- JSS instructors do NOT provide the safety cover for non JSS sailors - they have enough to worry about. Should one cruising cover safety boat be required until 17:00 this is provided by the water duty team but under the responsibility of the JSS leader. The water team should put this boat away when no longer required.
- The duty team should get out as many power boats as possible at the end of racing and put the Committee Boat away. Check with the JSS leader how many power boats they will require, but generally it will be all of them. If there are less than 7 boats available and working do not put the Committee Boat away.
- The JSS team and parent helpers are responsible for putting away the coach boats and locking up the clubhouse and gates.
Catering team duties are 10.00 to 15.00 (Sundays only). JSS parents may continue providing catering after 15:00.
What the water team does:
- Check there is adequate fuel for ALL tanks. If not make sure there is enough for the power boats for the racing and send one person to fill ALL the green fuel tanks.
- Get power boats ready for the racing. Usually that is Committee Boat plus two safety boats. Depending on conditions that’s one as safety, one which helps the Race Officer during the start and finish but acts as second safety otherwise.
- Check each boat has a radio and one radio is left with the catering team who can call if any problems noticed from the shore. Do a radio check, establish simple call signs.
- Set the course by 10:00 and run the races, recording the results on the sheets provided. See race officers guide for how to run races.
- Before 2pm on Sundays on JSS days prepare all available power boats (That’s why it is important to check the fuel at the start of the day).
- After racing put the Committee Boat away (unless needed for JSS), retain one safety boat while ther are still members cruising and put that boat away once there are no members cruising (check with JSS leader first).
- After lunch when JSS starts and the clubhouse empties, empty bins and generally clean up the clubhouse.
- Check if any other jobs need doing.
- Hand over to JSS leader (that will be sometime between 2:30 and 3:00 depending how quickly everything from the morning is cleaned up). Make sure this is a clear handover - it should be after the initial rush to get JSS running.
Run the races as scheduled and before leaving, CHECK THERE IS FUEL FOR SUNDAY. On summer Sundays all power boats are in use for coaching/safety and it is really important that the Saturday team leave the green cans full.