Use this link to getthe DutyMan Login page

Message from Nicky Frost - Duty Coordinator

As a volunteer run club, we require our members to help out and assist with our club activities. Whether that is on-water or off-water, your help is invaluable to the safe running of our club.

New Members

DutyMan, is an online, interactive duty roster. Using this system allows you, the member, to log in and view the dates the Club needs support. The use of this system saves the club time by removing one of the major pressures on the Duty Co-ordinators time. If you later swap duties for whatever reason, please do so via DutyMan.

Sue Jones, our Membership Secretary, will let me know you have joined. I will 'authorise' the DutyMan rota system to send you a welcome email.
This email will direct the recipient to a personalised DutyMan Quick Login link and also to a page documenting their log in options. These options include setting a password if you so wish.

A No Password login whereby the user submits just their email address or username without a password and in return receives an email with a login link. Click the link and you are logged in. If an email address is shared the recipient has a choice of links.

The password recovery process is to use either the Quick Login or No Password approach and then set a password. We anticipate that many will conclude that a password is no longer useful.

Duty Swaps

Please remember that if you cannot attend your duty, it is your responsibility to arrange a swap.
The online Duty Roster provides a facility which allows you to request swaps via email. Multiple requests can be sent out as only the first positive response will be accepted.
Alternatively, a swap can be arranged verbally or via the Club Members FaceBook page. However, please ensure that the swap is confirmed via the online roster so that everyone else is informed.
If you receive a request to swap a duty, please help out if you can.
If you don’t know how to do this, aren’t familiar with DutyMan, or would like a quick run through, please let me know.
The club can only manage to operate such a full and successful calendar with the support of all its members. We thank you for your cooperation. Again, if you need any support, please contact us and we will do our best to answer any queries.

What jobs can I do?

On a typical race day, Sunday's for example, there are usually 5 duty jobs to fill:

  • Duty Officer- person in-charge.
  • Assist Duty Officer - Helpful person on Committee Boat
  • Boat Officer- Qualified helm on Safety Boat.
  • Assist Boat Officer - Helpful person on Safety Boat
  • Galley - Sunday 'easy' meals. Thursday evenings. The occasional 'special events' eg Open meetings.

If you are new to sailing I would expect you to go for Assist Boat Officer, Assist Duty Officer or Galley (meals). You will find a bit more information on this at the bottom of the page.

Duty Obligation

  • Single members & young adult (a person between 18 and 24) do 2 full days.
  • Family membership do 4 full days (per family).
  • Social Members - no duties required but if they would like to volunteer then please do!
  • Accompanying non-sailing adult - if the adult does not sail then they may join as an Accompanying Adult Member. They are obliged to do one duty day, may take part in related training courses and are entitled to normal social membership benefits. All Social Membership rights and responsibilities apply.

If you have any query at all, send an email to me the Duty Coordinator.


Nicky Frost

NEW MEMBER INDUCTION - There is an opportunity for you to have a 'new members tour' of the club.
I strongly suggest that if you are unsure about duties or want to have better knowledge of our resources, then this, 45 minute personal tour will get on a the right track. We can also highlight some safety aspects and water hazards.
This is not the normal introductory tour a visitor might have. If you are NEW to the club (and NOT doing a sailing course) we strongly suggest you make arrangements to do this induction session.
In the welcome email you will have contact details and can arrange with the current allocated club members dates and times to suit.


Duty Officers are in-charge of club on the day and runs the race meeting. They have overall responsibility for safety and the organisation of the sailing at Hollowell. Prospective DO's are established members and trained or experienced 'Race Officers.


  1. Can open and secure the club premises
  2. Trained in race management
  3. Aware of the Club Rules


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 on the Committee boat. You 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 working the flags for the start sequence.



  1. Relatively agile, please.
  2. Can read & write / Use a clipboard

Rescue Boat Officer

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. Rescue crews should check all capsized boats, and keep a good watch over the fleet.
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.
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


  1. Has Powerboat level 2
  2. Desirable to have RYA Safety Boat qualification
  3. IMPORTANT - be physically fit.
  4. Aware of the Club Rules


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.



  1. IMPORTANT - must be physically fit.
  2. Remember - come appropriately dressed for the expected weather!


Catering - Sundays, Thursday’s & Open meetings. You will be contacted in the week leading up to the duty and arrangements will be made with you. View the 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, Youth Training, for example, and at Open Meetings there will be two positions for the Galley.



  1. Can use a radio
  2. Can make a salad without burning it!


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. By prior arrangement with 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!


  1. Can open and secure the club premises
  2. Has Powerboat Level Two.
  3. Aware of the Club Rules


Shore patrol. Security. Galley supervision.
On-shore safety observer to what is happening on the water and the shore. Reception for visitors and general security. Supervision of the tea bar area. Point of contact for visitors. On-shore liasion for the Duty Officer. No pre-knowledge or training is required to do this job, but please ask to be shown how to used the radio and ensure you have a briefing from the DO. Note: Duty is only available on certain summer days (see rota).



  1. Can use a radio


Volunteering on the day for a job on the water? No problem, DutyMan rota will allow you to enter a duty in retrospect. BO/DO duties for racers will receive 'average points'.