As a Members Club, all members are required to contribute to the running of the Club by either completing duties or paying a surcharge to be relieved of duties.
Members are required to carry out four duties in any one membership year. These duties are assigned by the Management Committee via the Club Administrator and, where possible, are assigned according to experience and members preferences.
Duties are available in the following catagories.
Two or three members are required on the Bridge on top of the Club House during Club racing to oversee the race. The appointed Race Officer will usually have previous experience of race management and other Bridge duties will include the recording of results, raising and lowering the various start sequence flags and operating the sound signals. Prior experience is not normally necessary for these roles and the Race Officer should be able to instruct you on the day.
During Club racing, there is always a patrol boat on the water to assist in the running of the race. The RIB needs to be manned by two people, one of whom should have some previous experience of this duty. Duties may involve laying and retrieving racing marks or offering assistance to members experiencing problems.
Ideally suited to members living close to the Club, this duty involves locking the Club and gates at night for a week at a time before passing the keys on to the next duty member. Typically this duty needs to be completed every six weeks but is dependant on the number of people on the security rota.
The Clubs typically runs six open meetings through the year which require patrol boat drivers and crews, beach parties to help with trolleys, race teams (similar to a Bridge duty) on a committee boat and car park attendants. Open meeting duties generally last for a complete day and count for two duties.