DUTYMAN 2018 – it's sign-up time!
19 December 2017
(Dutyman is located in the Members' Area of the website)

Your Sailing Committee has been busy over the past few months putting together a wide and varied sailing programme for next season which we hope will cater for all tastes and abilities. The programme includes fun family sailing, social sailing, regattas, series races, Bart’s Bash, down harbour races and much more.

However, none of this can take place without the large number of volunteer race officials and safety boat crews required to ensure that all participants can enjoy these on-water events with a sense of fun and in safety. With these objectives in mind, next year’s duties (approx. 550 of them) are now posted on Dutyman, and are available for members to choose their own preferred duties and dates. My recommendation is that you get in quickly before someone else bags the duty you would like to do.

Just as a reminder, it is the Club’s expectation that all adult members who are fit and active sailors shall take their turn in doing two duties. For safety reasons, the minimum of two duties applies particularly to qualified safety boat drivers to ensure that members retain the appropriate level of competency. Our long-term aim is for all safety boat drivers to be holders of the RYA Safety Boat certificate. It is highly recommended that if you are not a holder of this qualification you sign up to one of the safety boat courses being run within the Club in the new year.

Commencing mid-February, we will be allocating duties to members who have chosen not to select their own dates. This isn’t a problem but means that it will be the member’s responsibility to arrange a swap/replacement if the date allocated isn’t convenient.

Finally, we are always short of safety boat crews to support mid-week Social Sailing. If you are available to help out at any time with this activity, we would be delighted to see members volunteering for the duties on the days these events take place.

Martin Stewart
Dutyman Coordinator


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