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
1.The OD 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 and the course plan.
- Announce “stand by” and 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
An example of a race and the handicap calculations can be found in appendix 1.
3.The OD 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 manned when racing is taking place. If necessary in heavy weather the OD 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 un safe.
4.Prepare for racing as detailed in the sailing instructions, page 3, below.
- The OD is responsible for receiving protests. He/she should issue a protest form kept in the starters hut to the protester and inform a member of the sailing committee who will arrange for the protest to be heard on the same day if at all possible.
- The OD should 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.
1.The AOD s should assist in any task the OD requires as well as providing refreshments.
1.The patrol officer should check the patrol boat for outboard motor, fuel tank, oars, rowlocks and ladder. The boat should then be launched and made fast to the pontoon and the engine tested as follows:
- The water intake near the propeller must always be in the water when the engine is running to provide cooling.
- Pump fuel to the engine using the bulb in the fuel line, disconnect the gear lever set the throttle to the half power pull the choke right out and then pull the starter cord. IF NEW TO THE BOAT, SEEK ADVICE.
- Once started the choke may be pressed in fully
- To stop the engine, turn the throttle to STOP and the switch to the OFF position.
- 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 ANY DOUBT OR DIFFICULTY, ASK FOR ASISSTANCE.
2.The patrol officer must report to the OD who will decide whether sufficient cover can be provided from the bank or whether the patrol boat must be on the water during the races.
3.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.
4.If assistance is required the crew of the boat in trouble should be taken aboard the patrol boat. THE ENGINE MUST BE SWITCHED OFF WHEN CLOSE TO PERSONS IN THE WATER
5.No attempt should be made to recover any boats until all persons requiring assistance have been removed from the water. THE RESCUE BOAT IS FOR SAVING PEOPLE NOT BOATS. Great care needs to be taken when approaching boats or people. Familiarity with handling the patrol boat is a requirement for patrol duty. [ ref training requirements ]
6.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.
7.When the racing is finished the patrol officer must put the boat away. The amount of petrol in the tank should be checked and if below half full, the bosun should be informed.
8.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.
IF ANY OFFICER IS IN DOUBT ABOUT ANY ASPECT OF HIS DUTY HE SHOULD CONTACT A MEMBER OF THE SAILING COMMITTEE.