All members are expected to undertake three duties each year – some members undertake more. These duties could be for race management, safety boat, bar or in the galley.
Before the season starts you will have the opportunity to Self-Allocate duties on DutyMan. You will receive an email reminder to prompt you to do this.
If you have not Self-Allocated, duties will then be assigned by Club Officers (usually February) before the Active Roster is published. You will then be sent a notification by email from DutyMan informing you of your duties when the Active Roster is published. If you then find that you cannot make your allocated duty you can arrange a swap using DutyMan. It is your responsibility to make sure that the duty is fulfilled.
If you are joining mid-year you may be asked to stand in for a duty.
Any member performing a duty may claim average points for the corresponding races by signing on as OOD on the declaration sheets.
Junior members volunteering
We recognise that it is not always easy for our junior members to be available to volunteer for Club duties due to travelling or weekend employment – junior volunteering is not mandatory. However, if they can, we would encourage all junior members from 16yrs upwards to try out helping with one or two duties during the year. It is a great way to learn what goes on behind the scenes, either in the Galley, on the Support Boats or on the Committee Boat. For the keen racers, helping with the Race Committee is a great opportunity to view experienced sailors execute skilful starts and occasionally some not so skilful ones!
DutyMan is the system we use to manage volunteer duties.
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Race management duties
Members who are asked to do a race management duty can find race management instructions at the Race Management Folder 2020. Normally, races will be started from the committee boat, so bring your buoyancy aid, wellington boots and suitable wet weather/cold gear. Please report for duty at least one hour before the start of the first race (see sailing programme for times).
Support Boat Crew
As with race management, bring your buoyancy aid, wellington boots and suitable wet weather/cold gear. Please report for duty at least one hour before the start of the first race (see sailing programme for times).
Under normal circumstances, a galley duty involves showing up at the appointed time (communicated to you beforehand). Heidi or Danielle will be in charge, and they will give you a very natty pinny and set you to work preparing rolls, cutting up salads, sandwiches, cakes and the traditional Waldringfield eggy bap. Depending on the time of day, you might be on bacon frying, tea and coffee making, selling chocolate to indecisive childen, and serving people over the hatch. There will also be washing up and collecting empties from around the clubhouse. It is a great way to get to know people.
The Course advisor duty is to help the Race Officer set a course. Some ROs will not need much help, others will need more.
The ‘Course Advisors’ are normally drawn from a small group of experienced members with very good knowledge of racing in the river, the individual issues with each racing mark and depth of water, the options for going behind the island, the boat yard and river traffic and other considerations.