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Duty Roster role descriptions

Race Officer (RO)

The Race Officer is in overall control and leads the race team for a race. They are responsible for the safety of the race and expected to hold a briefing with the other members of the Race and safety team including ESSC support, liaising with the competitors, checking the weather forecast, setting the race courses, starting and finishing the races and making sure the entries and finishers sign on and off and that results are recorded. During the race they will use a VHF radio to liaise with the Safety Boats. The role is shore based when the event is run from the Club Bridge or afloat in Escort or a RIB.

Is it for you? To volunteer for this duty you should ideally be a fairly experienced racer or have been as Assistant Race Officer a few times. The Club run training courses for members who wish to learn how be a Race Officer.

Assistant Race Officer (ARO)

The ARO assists the RO. They will help with flag signals, record the sail numbers of any boats who start early and also record the finishing times for each boat.

Is it for you? There are no particular skills or experience necessary to be able to carry out this duty and it is a great way to get involved in Club racing without being on the water. Someone who can assist with some of the duties outlined in the RO brief and aspiring to be a club RO should volunteer for this duty.

RIB Cox

A RIB Cox drives one of the Club RIBs to support a race or training event. Either the Cox or the crew may be required on rare occasions to enter the water and th eCox is responsible to ensure at least one person is dressed to be able to do this. To ensure the safety of the fleet, they should stay afloat until stood down by the Race Officer.

Is it for you? All RIB Coxes must hold a valid RYA Powerboat Level 2 licence (PB2). For more advanced long-distance races a Cox+ will be required where the cox also holds a RYA Safety Boat qualification.

RIB Crew

A RIB Crew assists the RIB Cox.

Is it for you? There are no particular skills or qualifications necessary to be a RIB Crew but you must be fit and healthy and dressed appropriately for the conditions. It is a great way to support Club racing and get out on the water.

Commando Cox

A Commando Cox drives one of the Club Commandos to support a race or training event.

Is it for you? All Commando coxes must hold a valid RYA Powerboat Level 2 licence (PB2).

Commando Crew

A Commando Crew assists the Commando Cox.

Is it for you? There are no particular skills or qualifications necessary to be a Commando Crew but you must be fit and healthy and dressed appropriately for the conditions. It is a great way to support Club racing and get out on the water.

For all junior events, RIB Cox, RIB Crew, Commando Cox and Commando Crew should be prepared to enter the water if necessary to facilitate a rescue.

Escort Cox

An Escort Cox drives the Club launch (called Escort) to support a race or training event.

Is it for you? All Escort Coxes must hold a valid RYA Powerboat Level 2 licence (PB2) with a displacement endorsement or hold RYA Day Skipper Sail or above.

Escort Crew

An Escort Crew assists the Escort Cox including laying and retrieving the anchor.

Is it for you? There are no particular skills or qualifications necessary to be an Escort Crew but you must be fit and healthy and dressed appropriately for the conditions. It is a great way to support Club racing and get out on the water.

Tallies

Used mainly for junior events and the club regatta, the Tallies role is to operate a tally system so that a record is kept of Juniors/sailors going afloat from the Club and then returning to the Club for safety reasons.

Is it for you? There are no particular skills or experience required to do this duty, if you are organised and methodical it can be a rewarding way to support Junior events.

Beachmaster

For Junior events, the Beachmaster organises the launching and recovery of boats and the storage of launching trollies. They also liaise by VHF radio with the Race Officer and Safety boats afloat.

Is it for you? There are no particular skills or experience required to do this duty, good organisation and communication skills would be an advantage.

Launch Captain

For junior events, the Launch Captain physically helps juniors launch and recover their boats.

Is it for you? There are no particular skills or experience required to do this duty but you must be physically fit and well as it involved pulling boats up slipways. You may need to stand in water above the height of most wellies so appropriate footwear you don't mind getting wet is a must.

Results

The Results duty involves inputting the results of a race into our results program, SailWave.

Is it for you? Experience of using spreadsheets or data input would useful for this role however training and guidance would always be on hand if you were to volunteer for this duty.

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