1.Duties are assigned for every programmed race in the calendar. Members are responsible for arranging a substitute if they are unable to do their duty.
2.The duties are: Officer of the Day (OD), Assistant Officer of the day (AOD) and Patrol Boat Officer. The OD has overall responsibility.
3.The AOD is responsible for providing refreshments and should take any money spent from the money collected, the remainder being locked in the cupboard, and a record made in the book provided.
4.Members on duty should arrive at the club in plenty of time and at least 30 minutes before the start of racing
Officer of the Day (OOD)
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1. The OOD is in charge of the event and can delegate specific tasks to the others as necessary.
2. There are five key tasks:
- Fill in a race sheet with details of the officers, the event and the date. Take entries for the race.
- Set a course, and number of laps, indicating the start line and buoys in order on the display panel.
- Announce “stand by” and promptly commence the start sequence. This comprises 4 signals(bell / hooter) at 5, 4, 1 and 0 minutes before the start.
- Record the time of each boat on each lap. For handicap racing the corrected time can either be calculated or left for the recorder.
- Make sure helms sign off and put the race sheet in the clubhouse.
3. The OOD is responsible for safety precautions as follows:
- Minors on the pontoon must be able to swim and have an adequate buoyancy aid. Notices to that effect should be in the club house.
- All persons going afloat must wear a buoyancy aid at all times.
- Usually the patrol boat must be on the water and operated when racing is taking place. If necessary in heavy weather the OOD may appoint a second person to assist in the patrol boat. Discretion can be used in benign conditions.
- No person under the age of 14 is allowed in the patrol boat at any time.
- Racing can be cancelled if considered unsafe.
4. Prepare for racing as detailed in the sailing instructions:
- The OOD is responsible for receiving protests and requests for Arbitration. Protest and arbitration forms are available in the clubhouse in the rack by the notice board. He/she should inform a member of the sailing committee who will arrange for the protest to be heard on the same day if at all possible.
5. End of racing
- 1. Ensure that all gear used at the event is stored away / secured and that the clubhouse is left in a clean and tidy condition. The AOD and the patrol officer should assist in these tasks.
- 2. Ensure that all buildings are locked up at the end of sailing. This may mean confirming with a member that they will take this responsibility.
1.The AOD s should assist in any task the OD requires as well as providing refreshments.
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- Ensure sufficient fuel, 2/3 of a tank full is ideal and that the breather valve is open.
- Check the inflation of the RIB sections. Ask if not sure.
- Kill cord present.
- Oar present.
- Boat hook present
- Anchor present
- Ignition key present. (kept in the safe in the club house)
- Radio present (kept in the kitchen store)
- A second patrol boat is available and can be used, at the request of the OD for large fleets, heavy weather, or any other sound reason.
- At least 2 people required to launch the rib
- Disconnect the shackle that ties the boat to the launching trolley at the water’s edge
- If you choose to sit in the rib as launched then keep your weight at the bow and hold on tightly.
- You can paddle the rib to the pontoon and tie up before starting the engine or use the motor (See below)
- Always moor on the windward side of the pontoon
- Lower the outboard
- Start and check for water jet from the engine before moving off
- Establish radio communication with the OOD
- Always tie kill cord to your thigh before moving off
Starting the engine
- The water intake near the propeller must always be in the water when the engine is running to provide cooling, check that the water jet from the engine is visible.
- Pump fuel to the engine using the bulb in the fuel line
- Disconnect the gear lever set the throttle to half power and use the key to start the engine. If the engine is cold push the key in to engage the choke.
- Disengage the start lever and ready to move off
- To stop the engine, turn the key or if unsure which direction pull the kill cord
- When there is sufficient depth of water the engine should be in the LOCK down position to prevent it tipping upwards in reverse gear.
- The lever lock down must be released before approaching shallows or recovering the boat after the race.
- If in doubt or if there’s a problem seek assistance
Whilst on the water
On the water a patrol officer should try to see as much of the fleet as possible and proceed as fast as possible to assist any boat in trouble.
It is a good opportunity to practice manoeuvring skills
- Use the wind as a means of braking and hold to a fixed point in the wind.
- Find pivot point and the effect of prop walk.
- Go astern and turn in reverse whilst looking at the engine.
- Practice high speed turns
- Approach a buoy from upwind and down wind.
- Come alongside the pontoon.
- Approach a buoy using the UPWINDmethod.
- Approach a buoy using the DOWNWIND method.
- Practice killing the engine using the kill cord.
Effecting a Rescue
- You are only concerned with supporting people to get back into their boat
- If this doesn’t work you need to get the person into the rib and return to shore
- Use the Back lift or the Rollover method
- Always kill the engine when effecting a rescue or coming alongside a dinghy
- The boat can be retrieved at another time
- Some of our members need to be rescued immediately
- If any person is recovered unconscious, suffering from shock or from the effects of cold they must be taken to the bank immediately at the maximum safe speed. Do not attempt any treatment in the patrol boat. Emergency equipment and instructions can be found in the clubhouse.
At the end of the duty
- Call for assistance from the water and get the trailer in the water ready. A sailor in wet/dry suit should be there to ensure that the boat and trolley are aligned and to shackle the rib to the trolley
- Motor very slowly over the trolley and be ready to kill the engine
- Check the engine is locked in the up position and the prop is clear
- As the trolley is pulled out of the water ensure that the rib sits squarely on the trolley
- Check that the drainage trunk is down
- You’ll need at least 4 people to pull the boat to the garage
- Reconnect the charging lead
- Replace the key into the safe
- Return the radio to its charging dock
- Lock up the rib garage
IF ANY OFFICER IS IN DOUBT ABOUT ANY ASPECT OF HIS DUTY HE SHOULD CONTACT A MEMBER OF THE SAILING COMMITTEE.