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Duties

We are lucky to have such a successful and active club. Being a members' club, this success depends on everyone volunteering their help whenever possible. In order to provide safe and efficient racing and cruising up to 5 days a week in the summer months the Club operates a duty roster.

Every sailing member 16 or over is required to do 3 duties per year as a minimum in order to achieve this. If you are a sailing member over 65 and feel unable to do a duty please contact the secretary. Non-sailing members often volunteer duties and some sailing members offer extra help on top of their 3 duties which we are very grateful for. Those regular racing members may be asked to do a 4th duty if necessary and your support is appreciated.

Which type of duty to sign up for?

Click on the links on the right hand column to view more details about what's involved, but in brief:

  • If you are an experienced racing member, please volunteer for a race officer (OOD) duty.
  • If you have less race experience but are interested in race management the assistant (AOD) race officer duty is a great way to learn.
  • If you have a powerboat qualification e.g. PB2 or Safetyboat then sign up as a safety driver.
  • If less experienced but think you can help with safety then sign up as a safety crew.
  • Alternatively if you can stand the heat sign up for a galley duty.

How to sign up for Duties using DutyMan

Having connected to DutyMan you need to log on using the username and password already supplied. If you can't remember just follow the instructions. Having logged on you will see down the right hand side of the screen a list of tabs. Use these to either confirm duties already signed up to, volunteer for new duties, request a swap or print your duty dates.

Detailed information about what each duty entails can be found in hardcopy in the race office, in the duty register or on the club notice boards, or as a download here.

It is your responsibility as a member to remember when your duties are and arrange a swap if you are unable to do your duty. The member seeking to exchange a duty has the responsibility for the duty until the exchange is arranged and confirmed by the Duty Team . If you don't turn up racing may not be able to take place.

All duties start 1 hour before racing commences or before cruising is scheduled to commence.

If you have signed up for duties, these will be confirmed by the Duty Team. If you don't sign up then you will be allocated one of the remaining duties and notified by the Duty Team.

Swapping Duties

It is your responsibility as a member to arrange a swap if you are unable to do you duty. The member seeking to exchange a duty has the responsibility for the duty until the exchange is arranged & confirmed by the Duty Team..

There are several ways you can arrange a swap...

Dutyman - Online duty rota. This is an internet-based copy of the Club's duty rota which allows members to contact others doing similar duties to request a swap. It is simple to use and probably the most efficient method of swapping.

Another way is to ask other members when at the Club or write a request on the blackboard in the Clubhouse. When you have successfully arranged a swap email the Duty Team duty@shsc.org.uk or contact Kathy and Gordon Peacham.

Also if you arranged the swap within a month of the duty date then contact the OOD to inform him of the change.

Upcoming Duties