Club Duties and Dutyman
Most club members are obliged to undertake general sailing duties as a condition of membership of the Club (for exceptions see para. 3.22 of the Club rules). Members can expect to be rostered for 2-3 general sailing duties in an April to March sailing season, with those duties usually being on Saturdays or Sundays or bank holiday Mondays. Duties on occasional Thursday evenings are only suitable for trained Rescue Helms, whilst Wednesday daytime duties are for Rescue Helms and OODs (rostered separately – contact us if you would like to be considered for these). Please note that Wednesday Evening race series duties are not counted towards the annual duty tally.
Duty roles comprise Officer of the Day (OOD), Rescue Helm, Rescue Crew, Race Officer and Assistant Race Officer (ARO). The most appropriate roles for novices are OOD, Rescue Crew and ARO.
Duties are managed via the Dutyman web-based system. The full programme of duties for each season is uploaded onto Dutyman a few months before the new season starts. The benefit of this to you is that you can self-select your duties/dates in advance, by using the ‘volunteer for a duty’ feature within Dutyman – so you can take account of dates in the year you will not be available, or make sure your duty is on the same day as your regular crew/helm etc. Duties volunteered for in this way will be counted towards your annual 2-3 duties tally when we roster, so if you self-select 2 duties in a April to March sailing season, there’s a reasonable chance you won’t be randomly rostered for another duty that year.
You can volunteer for a duty at any time through the season, however, the range of choice will reduce through the year: we aim to maintain a full duty roster to 3-4 months ahead of the current date, so every couple of months the Duty Officer will allocate members into the up-coming gaps in the roster. If we do roster you for more than 3 duties across a 12 month range, please let us know.
We start rostering into the new season early in the new year, so if you do not intend to renew your membership, please email both the membership secretary and the duty secretary to advise us of this: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com