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Downs Sailing Club
Downs SC Duty Rotas
Downs is very much a “Members” club and nearly all activities rely on the goodwill of members giving up their time for the benefit of others. Whilst this help is often on an informal basis, the club’s racing programme and canteen is supported by a formal duty rota system.
All members are expected to perform a minimum of 6 duties over the whole sailing season. These are not onerous and are a good way of getting to know other members and learning more about race & club organisation. Regular racers will not be disadvantaged by carrying out their duty. Firstly you will usually not be expected to do more than one duty in any race series, and secondly, you will be awarded average points for the race that you miss, provided you ensure the Race Officer on the Bridge records your name on the race sheets for the day.
The ‘rota’ will be posted online as in the past for all members to fill in their preferred duties but this year will be posted in three sections. Each section posted in succession about half way through the previous section. The rota will remain live for members to fill in for approximately 3 weeks from posting and then closed. Please fill in 2 duties in each section wherever possible.

After each section is closed, individual members will not be able to alter the posted rota. That will have to be done by the coordinator Chris Danican, (downsrota@gmail.com) who will allocate people from the membership list to any remaining gaps in as informed a way as possible to make best use of people’s time and skills. You can always ask to have your name to be put down for a duty if it is not already taken.

Once the rota has been closed and filled in, those listed will receive email reminders and a reminder will be posted on Facebook. If you are unable to do a duty you have been allocated please arrange a swap with another member. If you feel you have been put down for a duty you don’t feel comfortable doing, please arrange a swap. If you are unable to arrange a swap please contact the Executive Officer for the day in question and they will suggest how you find an alternative.

Please remember, this is a member’s club, run by volunteer members for the benefit of members. If we all do our ‘bit’ the club will run smoothly and safely.

Please arrive at the club at least 1 hour before the scheduled race start time when you are on duty.
A brief explanation of the duties is given below:

Executive Officer:
Takes overall charge of the day’s racing. Makes decisions on whether to sail and sets the course with members of the Sailing Committee. This duty may be combined with either OOD or Safety Boat duty. If not involved in any other duties the Exec Officer may sail in the race.

OOD: (2 people)
The Officers of the Day staff the “Bridge” on top of the clubhouse and start / finish the races and calculate the results using the computer.

Safety Boats (2 people per boat)
The rescue boat is ALWAYS afloat for club racing. As well as laying the course marks, the boat’s prime concern is the safety of the competitors on the water.

Canteen: (1 / 2 people)
The Canteen is provided for the member’s benefit when they come ashore at the end of the race. It supplies hot drinks and quick snacks such as toasted sandwiches and hot dogs

April 2017