Why do I have to do a duty?
Duties are of course a condition of membership, but it is important that members understand the reasons behind the concept of duties.
It appears that some people think a duty crew is there solely to support racing activities on a given day, but this is not the case.
The functions of a duty crew are as follows:
- To provide safety cover for ALL sailing and on the water activities (cruising, racing, training etc)
- To provide a basic galley service for ALL members on the day regardless of the activity being pursued (sailing, walking, spectating etc)
- To provide the opportunity for ALL members to contribute to the smooth and efficient running of the club by performing necessary maintenance tasks
- To safely and efficiently run the designated racing programme on the day
- To provide an opportunity for members (both established and new) to meet and socialise with other members, and to find out more about what their club has to offer them, and as importantly what they can offer the club
Crews are expected to attend from 10am until 6pm in order to provide the above services, unless otherwise advised. For example from May until August junior training starts at 11am, and cover and support needs to be in place.
Regardless of your designated title on the day, remember that all duty crew members should be prepared to turn their hand to a variety of jobs as required, in addition to being race officer, safety boat officer etc. (you should therefore bring a range of suitable clothing)
Finally remember that although some people seem to be reluctant at the prospect of a duty day, the majority enjoy the experience once the day is underway. A huge amount of work is put into the club on a regular basis by committee members and key helpers, but the success of a sailing club such as ours will always depend on the willing participation of its membership!
Each membership is required to do at least two duties each year, and Members shall be excused duties only by express agreement of the Committee or on payment of a sum as determined by the Committee and paid at the same time as the relevant subscription.
Exceptions for 1 or all Duties may include:
- Thursday work crew.
- Committee members.
- Excused Duty Fee of £50 to be paid at time of membership subscription.
- Single parents 1 duty only required if have a child under 12, (applied for and agreed by membership secretary / duty secretary in advance).
- Medical exemptions on application and agreement from the membership and duty secretaries.
- Extenuating circumstances such as a recent bereavement or caring responsibilities, upon application and agreement from the membership and duty secretaries
There is additional work needed to be done through the year which members are expected to volunteer for, to help with the general maintenance of the clubhouse and grounds. These extra volunteering duties are notified via the Y&Y , Club Facebook page and Email.
Winter Sailing Duties
Any member wishing to race from November to March must sign up to a sailing duty to ensure adequate safety cover.
Members attending the annual Regatta week must sign up for both sailing and clubhouse duties to ensure a smooth and safe week for everyone .