RLSC is a member run club. We are not big enough to have paid members of staff, and in any case the amateur, friendly nature of the club is an endearing feature. Any help you can give will be perfect and gratefully received, so thank you in advance. Hopefully (fingers crossed) we will be back to somewhere near normal in 2021! What normally happens in your 1st year is you'll get a couple of duties on either galley or duty member.
- Galley is self-explanatory, and with the frozen meals being a success in the limited 2020 galley service we are very likely to carry that on, making it even easier! Full guidance is given beforehand.
- Duty member is a bit of a jack of all trades duty, where you can be asked to help out in the galley, the race hut (hoisting flags for the HRO, putting the course board together etc) or even as crew on the safety boat! All posts are under the guidance of a more experienced and qualified member.
In later years we think you are able to take on more complicated duties:
- Officer of the day (OoD). This person runs the club on any given club sailing or SUP day. They need to check that all the other people on duty are going to come and do their duty. They need to ensure club rules are adhered to, such as wearing a bouyancy aid on the pontoons.
- Honorary Race Officer (HRO) is another duty, but you do need some training (ad-hoc and free) on how to run a race. They're my personal favourite duty. I must be power hungry as what the HRO says, goes :-).
- Cox is another duty type, but you do need to have passed an RYA Power Boat Level 2 (PB2) course, and although these courses cost approx £80 for members, it's hugely discounted from the cost elsewhere. It's great fun, blasting round the lake at full power in the club RIB's, and the PB2 allows you to rent powerboats (up to 9 metres) anywhere in the UK and take then up to 12 miles offshore! The PB2 course spaces are limited and very popular, so keep an eye out for the adverts as they fill up very quickly.
In addition, we have the bar for after sailing on a Wed evening, Friday evening (SUP sessions) and Sunday afternoon.
If you volunteer to be on the bar committee (no meetings or hassle, it's just a licensing regulation of the local council) you may be asked to do the odd bar duty, again full training will be given beforehand and it’s great fun too. These normally only last a couple of hours; the drink driving rules have eliminated long post sailing boozy sessions :-(!! The urgent issue is we do need to nominate the bar committee at the AGM (6th December). That means if you can help out behind the bar we need to add your name to the proposed bar committee 2021 before the agenda goes out in the next week or so.
Regardless the duties are a great way of getting involved in YOUR club and meeting other members. I am only just classing myself as “not a novice” and I started sailing 5 years ago. I've learned more about sailing from the other members over a beer or lunch at the club than I ever learned on the RYA courses!!!
We do try and keep the number of duties members are asked to do to a minimum, and depending on member numbers this is usually between 3 and 5.