Duties are organised via the ‘Dutyman’ system. Each adult sailing member is expected to do duties during the year. You should receive an email with login details and reminders. Swaps and confirmation of duties should be applied via the Dutyman system.
Please ensure you arrive at least 45 minutes before duty time (see below) and all those on the water must dress appropriately in order to get into the water to support rescue, i.e. in sailing gear.
There are 3 types of duty: Officers of the Day; Rescue; and Galley. All are important. Some information to help your duty day go smoothly is below. However, if in doubt… please ask or view our helpful guide.
Officers of the Day (OOD and AOD)
An experienced racer takes the lead role, sets the course and manages the days racing. OOD is responsible for the ‘team’ (AOD, rescue & galley) arriving on time and being ready to start on time for the racing as well as:
ensuring you are up to date with OOD supporting information (see below);
both OOD and AOD must be dressed to support rescue and both in the committee boat;
organising racing as per sailing programme, setting the course, or to cancel it in severe weather conditions (on Wednesday’s, light the BBQ before the end of the race);
completing the race results sheet and submitting these;
Organise protests (if there are any);
ensuring that all boats and equipment are correctly stored and the premises locked at the close of racing.
Lead rescue officer will need at least Level 2 Rescue Training (see training pages), or a Coastal Skipper qualification. You will also need the support of one other person. It is your responsibility to save lives, not boats in the event of a boat capsizing or a crew member ‘falling out’! You will also need to ensure that the jaffa is packed and locked away safely at the end of the day.
The galley duty is one that seems easy… provide food and refreshments for hungry sailors…but there is only a short window between races to eat, and the food needs to be ready on time. You are on your own so you need to be organised. Check the weather: will you need hot or just cold food? Many sailors don’t want much to eat when racing hard. Sandwiches are a good staple (tuna mayo, ham, and graded cheese work well, with salad on the side for sailors to add if they wish) and sailors always want tea. Liaise with the OOD.