Whether you race or not, as a members club we rely on all members to do duties. Without this contribution the club would not be there to store your boat, enjoy the lawn, use the slipway or just potter about on the water – its also a great way to meet fellow sailors!
When you sign up for membership at the club you are committing to doing four duties a year.
On water duties
Regular racers are expected to do four on-water duties, and where they have experience and ability this should include a Race Officer.
On the water duties are briefly described below and if you aren’t feeling confident about getting involved then please get in touch with a member of the committee – there are lots of great opportunites to learn by being paired with someone more experienced and we offer a reduction on training if you want to develop your skills through an RYA course.
- Race Officer – Organising racing, including liaising with the Port, setting courses and a fair line, starting and finishing. Race officers have clear set of guidelines which are available online as well as in hard format on the day.
- Assistant Race officer – Helps run the racing as above, with timing and flag pulling duties. This is a great way to train as a race officer and you get a grandstand view of the racing – when you’re not writing down times! Previous experience is not necessary
- Safety boat helm – Safety boat helms must be comfortable with manouvering a RIB for rescue, mark laying, and towing. We don’t ask for RYA Powerboat Level 2, but it does help. At least one member of the safety boat must go prepared to get in the water if necessary.
- Safety boat crew – There’s some lifting and dropping of marks so a degree of strength helps, but your helm should always be able to lend a hand. Also requires a keen pair of eyes to keep track of the racers. At least one member of the safety boat must go prepared to get in the water if necessary. Previous experience is not necessary.
Those that feel they can not do water duties are still able to contribute by helping out with shore-based duties;
- Jetwashing the slipway – we co-ordinate this through a Whatsapp group. Email Jeff McTaggart with your phone number to be included.
- Working parties: Organised on an adhoc basis throughout the year
- At open meetings we look for members to help with;
- Taking entries and inputting results
- Car and boat parking
- Launch and recovery
- Running the bar and helping in the galley
- Liaison with Sussex YC for their races
- If you can help in other ways then please feel free to offer your services
We are of course sympathetic to those with injuries or illnesses that mean they can not do duties but please let us know – it will be treated in the strictest confidence.