Sailing Duties

The Club is run by the members for the benefit of the members. We do all we can ourselves, and like most clubs we rely on volunteers and everyone doing their bit.

Sailing members are expected to undertake sailing duties during the season. The duties can vary according to your skills and ability. The common duties are:

  • Safety Boat Helm - "Prepare, launch, skipper, recover and store the safety boat": For this duty should confirm beforehand that your experience is sufficient, and be briefed on the sea conditions expected at Hampton Pier. Ideally you have a PowerBoat 2 certification, but this is not essential. See the SB Helm Guide.
  • Safety Boat Crew - "Assist the Helm, lay and recover course markers, assist any sailors in trouble": We run several session each season that covers the basic skills required, such as throwing a rescue line. See the SB Crew Guide.
  • Race Officer(RO) - "Lay the course, brief sailors, overall responsibility for running the race": This role is only suitable for experienced sailors. See the RO Guide.
  • Assistant Race Officer(ARO) - "Assist in running the race, record boat timings ": This role doesn't require specific skills and is a good way of learning more about racing. See the ARO Guide.
  • Officer of the Day(OOD) - "Open and close the Clubhouse making sure all is clean, tidy and secure": For this role you must be a keyholder, which is restricted to the GMC and a small number of long-term members approved by the GMC. See the OOD Guide.


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