You have joined a club that requires a duty obligation from its members. For the seventh year we have subscribed to an external system called ‘DutyMan’. On this page you will find information of what is involved: DutyMan Rota /FAQ's about duties /Duty News /What is the best job for me?
This link is to the editable version of DutyMan. You will need your DutyMan password to login and input your duties. Your computer may remember you and allow direct access.
What is the minimum number of duty days I am required to do?
Single members & young adult (a person between 18 and 24) do 2 full days. Family membership do 4 full days (per family). SOCIAL MEMBER - Commencing 2016 those social members who have a junior in membership will be required to carry out one days' duty each year. Ordinary Social Members - no duties required but if they would like to volunteer then please do!
I am a new member - how do I get onto DutyMan?
Send an email to DutyMan. (Stewart Elder). He will then enter you on the dutyMan system. You will automatically receive an welcome email with your password. This will then allow direct access to editable version of DutyMan.
What is a day's duty?
Sunday’s count as one full day. Saturday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s are mostly half-days - but not ALL some Open Meetings are held on Saturdays so if the start time is 09.00 then it is a full day. Note that - training days, work parties, junior training, junior week, etc, I am afraid, do not count. Some of these events however, do require rescue cover and if you are available it would be a great way to increase your experience on the rescue boat. If you offer to do a duty on a race day (say, someone fails to turn up), the system will allow you to enter that day as a duty.
What is DutyMan?
Hollowell Sailing Club, like an increasing number of clubs in the UK use an online DutyMan system to simplify the management of duties. The system provides HSC members with their own individual password and login ID enabling them to: - confirm that they will attend for a duty - volunteer for additional vacant duties - offer to swap with a member - request a duty swap
Ooops! DutyMan won't let me in!
New members are emailed their login name and a password when I first load their details onto the DutyMan server. Thereafter, you can change the password via the Password menu of the main roster page. If you forget the login details, you can request that they be emailed via the ‘Don't know name or password’? link in the login panel of DutyMan. All this will work PROVIDED the database has the email address with which you initially registered.
Firstly, look for a swap where there is a 'position vacant'. If that date suits you better then simply follow the swap instructions. Otherwise, look for a date where others have ticked 'Swap or volunteer wanted'. This will automatically send an email to that person and they will respond if they can accept the swap.
Doing a duty allows you get to know people and get a greater understanding of how the club is run. Many members do more duty hours than sailing hours yet they renew their membership year after year. To them, it’s not an onerous task, duties can be interesting and fun (yes, even tea bar). If you only want to sail occasionally and not get too involved in duties you are perhaps are in the wrong club!
Ticking the 'CONFIRM' duty box - due to technical difficulties this is currently being done automatically. Ignore previous instructions asking you not to do this.
SATURDAY DUTY - We have reverted to a 13:00 start for duty crews (2016 it was 12:00). Racing also starts later at 14:00 & 15:30.
Are you Adult Male? If so, please do not book duty dates without consulting a higher authority. You are very likely to have chosen wife/mother/dogs -birthday's. Or Fathers Day/ Mothers Day/ Christmas Day etc.
Note You are NOT a member of HSC unless you have signed up for duties – no boat storage, no voting at the AGM, no sending your children to training sessions and definitely NO SAILING!
Duty Officer (Racing)
In-charge of club on the day and runs the race meeting. Duty Officers have overall responsibility for safety and the organisation of the sailing at Hollowell. A comprehensive duty officers’ guide is available giving details of how to open up/close the premises as well as key security numbers. Please apply to Mike Pipes or Stewart Elder for a copy. There is a one day Duty Officers Course, which will cover all the necessary requirements to run HSC racing and is strongly suggested you attend one.
Duty Officer (Non-Racing)
In-charge of club during social sailing (usually Tuesday’s). Duty Officers have overall responsibility for safety and the organisation of the sailing at Hollowell. A comprehensive duty officers’ guide is available giving details of how to open up/close the premises as well as key security. Please apply to Mike Pipes or Stewart Elder for a copy.
By prior arrangement with Mike Pipes or Stewart Elder, either can give a member a 1/2 hour’s session on locking up and alarm setting etc. You then get an ‘authorised’ Duty Officer (non-race) badge to wear!
Assist Duty Officer
Firstly, what it’s not, despite the title you are not second in charge! ADO's will work under the direct supervision of the Duty Officer they do not require any special qualifications or training. The main task is to record sail numbers as they complete laps and record the finishing order and times. You will be expected to assist in entering the results on to the computer. Additional jobs include lifting the anchor chain and work the flags for the start sequence.
On-shore safety watch. Point of contact for visitors. Tea bar supervision. Security. You have a supervisory role over the 'tea bar'. It is all 'self-service' on Saturdays - so just lay out the 'goodies'. On-shore safety observer to what is happening on the water and the shore. Reception for visitors and general security. No pre-knowledge or training is required to do this job, but please ask to be shown how to used the radio.
Catering - Sundays, Thursday’s & Open meetings. Those on tea bar for the day will be contacted in the week leading up to the duty and arrangements will be made with you. View this link for more information. This can be a hard job as some Sunday's and Open meetings 40-50 meals are served. It is always something very simple - pasta and salad, baked potato etc. On some Sundays and at Open Meetings there is also an assistant tea bar duty - which is self explanatory!
Responsible for the rescue boat and for the rescue and recovery of sailors. Boat Officers will work with the Duty Officer, they are responsible for the safe handling of the rescue boats. (Effectively 2nd in charge for that day). Rescue crews should check all capsized boats, and keep watch at all times for incidents which may require their assistance. A number of requirements are necessary:- If the driver is aged between 14 and 16 years they must hold a minimum RYA Powerboat Level 2 qualification, the crew must hold a minimum RYA Powerboat Level 2 and be aged 24 years or more. No one under 16 years will be responsible for the rescue and recovery of other water users or their craft. BOs and ABOs must be physically able to assist someone out of the water and into the rescue boat. Please come dressed to cope with entering the water
Assist Boat Officer
Works with the Boat Officer. Observation of the sailing area, helps with rescues. No pre-knowledge or training is required, provided they meet the criteria re ages (see BO panel). Given the right conditions and in company with an experienced Boat Officer ABO’s should be able to take the helm of the powerboat. BOs and ABOs must be physically able to assist someone out of the water and into the rescue boat. Please come dressed to cope with entering the water.