Whilst it may seem a bit daunting to start with if you are new to Sailing, there will be plenty of other Members willing to help you as you learn what is involved in satisfying your Duty obligations. What follows is a brief outline about what each Duty is responsible for though much of this is available in printed form in the OOD's box, i.e. the small black hut nearest to the water, which is where the Races are controlled from.
Important Note - Regardless of the duty chosen, all participants should be on site ready to begin their chosen duty by 09:30am.
This is the person who has overall responsibility for running the Race's scheduled by the Club on a particular day, and for ensuring all the other Duties are manned and carried out; so to summarize
The OOD is responsible for:The overall running and appropriate safety aspects of the Race Event
This Duty basically involves working with the OOD as he executes his Duties, but commonly the AOOD will
This person's principle duties involve controlling the Rescue boat and coming to the aid of any boat that capsizes or appears to be in distress in some way. It should be noted that due to the nature of this duty, all participants should have attended and completed either our own club specific training course, or hold an alternative PowerBoat qualification (PB2 or similar). If in doubt, please speak to a committee member who can clarify this for you before opting for this duty. This duty includes:
The Safety crew's duty is to assist the Safety Helm by being at the front of the Boat and interacting with the boat needing assistance while the Helm controls the Safety boat. The crew needs to be fairly fit, as some lifting and pulling may be involved, and they should be prepared - and therefore clothed appropriately - to get into the water if instructed to do so by the Safety Helm so as to help with the crew and boat to which Assistance is being given. This is one of those Duties where often it is just 'sitting around' waiting, but when there is some action, it can happen quite quickly and be of great importance. As above - Safety Crew duties should not be carried out without adequate training, but speak to a member of the committee to discuss this further.
Not perhaps as glamorous as OOD or Safety Helm, but every bit as important!
For better or worse, gourmet food is not a feature of the ASC facilities, but a reliable supply of Tea, Coffee, Soft drinks and Snacks certainly is! Also, especially during the Winter, preparing some Hot Bacon Rolls, Soup or Jacket potatoes may be on the Menu, but this is always at a fairly simple level, and there are Instructions in the Galley area on how to do things. So the Duty involves;