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Race Team Duties

As a Club run entirely by its members, we depend on all our active sailors volunteering for the duties needed to provide a safe and enjoyable sailing programme. We understand that not every member may be able to undertake on-the-water duties, so our approach is:

  • To encourage all members who are able to do so to volunteer for at least 1 race duty either as Assistant Race Officer or in a Safety Boat role or, if they feel competent, as the Race Officer.
  • To expect members who race regularly to volunteer for at least 3 duties. Regular racers should aim to become competent in the Race Officer role and the Club will facilitate this by providing training and a "mentor", if requested. We need more Race Officers.

Please sign up using the duty roster which can be accessed here. A description of the roles required is shown below. There is a downloadable guide on how to use our duty system here. Don't hesitate to contact the Sailing Team if you want advice before signing up.

All regular race helms should feel able to volunteer as Race Officers and we have a pool of "mentor ROs" to support to anyone tackling the role for the first time. Just contact the Sailing Team.

Role
Experience Required
Useful Documents to Download

Race Officer

Understand principles of club racing and has previously acted as an Assistant RO
Familiar with WWSC's procedures including basic knowledge of Radio use and disciplines
Competent to drive WWSC Committee Boat
Aged 18+

RO Checklists (2022), Radio Instructions (2021), Committee Boat Flags, Committee Boat Instructions, Sailing Instructions (2022), Course Suggestions List 2021, Incidents & Emergencies and How to Run Sprints

Assistant Race Officer

No previous experience required
Aged 12+

RO Checklists (2022), Radio Instructions (2021), Committee Boat Flags, Committee Boat Instructions, Sailing Instructions (2022), Course Suggestions List 2021, Incidents & Emergencies and How to Run Sprints

Safety Boat Driver

Competent to drive a RIB (i.e. has RYA qualification, WWSC training, or equivalent experience. You record this online via our website here.
Familiar with WWSC's procedures including basic knowledge of Radio use and disciplines
Aged 18+ (or suitably qualified 16 & 17 year olds if accompanied by an adult)

Safety Boat Check Card, Notes for Safety Boat Crews, Radio Instructions (2021), Instructions for using Club Ribs, Deploying Inflatable Marks, Using Lima or Lisette as a Safety Boat, Incidents & Emergencies and How to Run Sprints

Safety Assistant

Reasonable level of fitness
Capable and prepared to enter the water to provide assistance if necessary
Aged 16+

Safety Boat Check Card, Notes for Safety Boat Crews, Radio Instructions (2021), Instructions for using Club Ribs, Deploying Inflatable Marks, Using Lima or Lisette as a Safety Boat, Incidents & Emergencies and How to Run Sprints

It's really important that volunteers for all roles report to the club house a minimum of 90 minutes before the advertised start time for racing.

Instructions for all of these roles can be downloaded via the links shown in the Table above.

Last updated 16:58 on 21 July 2022

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