Commodore’s Cogitations #3 Duties

Race HutIts that time of the year when the commodore spends hours hunched over a computer sorting out Year Books, Calendars and Duties. I have published the first version of the Calendar for 2016 here. The Year book is in first draft format and will be circulated electronically soon. I need some important information from you to be able to do the 2016 duties to fit in with your diaries and calendars by the END OF JANUARY.

P1080733I’m now starting to sort out Duties. As I said last year, there is no right way of doing duties, just different ways which cause slightly different problems and issues! However, last years method seem to work well, and I want to say at this stage a huge thank you to everyone – we had very few issues last year and generally everyone turned up to do their duties. As a totally volunteer run club, tha036_36t makes things much easier. Our main shortage was Coxes so as a committee we funded the training of 2 Power Boat Instructors who have already run a number of courses which should reduce the load on those qualified for rescue boat duties.

So on to 2016. I will take the same approach, which is to ask for dates and also preferences for types of duties. I’ll then allocate duties during February so you can put them in your diary early in the year. Please could you therefore take time to email me with the following information by the end of January.

  1. The type of duty you would prefer (see below)
  2. Any dates you cannot do so I can rota you on duty at a convenient time.
  3. Anyone you would like to do your duties with, so I can avoid mucking up your sailing on too many occasions!

PLEASE EMAIL ME (CLICK HERE) by end January with your preferences. If I don’t hear from you I’ll assume you are happy with the duty type you had last year and you can do any dates. Don’t forget you can easily swap duties using the DutyMan system.

By the way, if you have not yet renewed your membership, please could you send of your form and cheque to Jane Andrews – more details here if you have mislaid your form.

To help you select duty types here is a summary of the main ones below. Thank you in advance for your help and making this job as easy as it can be!

Duty Types

Officer of the Day – not as daunting as it sounds, you need to make sure your fellow duty people are going to turn up (Email/phone) and then be available to ensure the smooth running of the day, filling in any gaps in the rescue boat/race hut or galley. Don’t be daunted by all the stuff in the blue book, if you are less experienced, the HRO will probably know the ropes and will help you. Please notify me of anyone that does not turn up for their duty.

2. Hon Race Officer – probably the most technically demanding, you do need to be able to operate the computer and run racing. But you get to sit in the warm hut, far better than rescue boat. If you have not done it, let me or Geoff Holmes know you are interested and we can let you shadow us for one or two Sundays so you can learn on the ropes.

3. Rescue Boat Cox and Crew. You need to be qualified to be the cox, but anyone can volunteer to be the crew. I think these are the unsung heros out in all weathers and often unthanked (but given plenty of warm tea in thermos flasks to keep them going). Mind you its probably the best job of the lot on a warm summer evening or afternoon.

4. Galley – for those who want to stay in the dry and warm, again a really important job helping prep and serve the food.

5. General Duty – This is an additional role to help out in a number of ways and is allocated to all those who don’t express a preference for other roles. Depending on the weather and conditions you will be helping in the Galley, or possibly operating the flags for the racing, or crewing on the rescue boat. Please bring down suitable waterproof and warm clothing in case you need to go out on the rescue boat.

5. Bar staff – for the night owls, these folks start late and are usually the last to leave, and can combine this role with getting out on the water sailing too. You need to be elected to the bar committee so if you want to get involved, please speak to Janey Hill.. Also you need to still do your sailing duty bit!