Members’ Duties

The Club relies on the involvement and the active participation of its members, which is both fun and a great way to meet people.  All Members aged 16+ are required to undertake at least two duties at the Club to enable Club racing and events to run smoothly, unless you have PAID the opt-out fee. This duty may be in the race hut, as a rescue officer, galley helper or parking marshal. Whilst it is hoped that each Member should do no more than 2 duties per year, your flexibility in this matter is greatly appreciated.  There is no set length of each duty, however as a guide at least 5 hours per duty should be scheduled.

Not turning up for a duty compromises the entire day’s sailing activity and places a huge burden on other Members and staff at the Club; Members who fail to show up for their allocated duty (or who drop out at the last minute) will incur a charge towards the costs involved.

It is the responsibility of each Club Member to arrange a swap for any date allocated which they cannot fulfill.  The club uses DutyMan to allocate duties and provide members an easy way to swap duties. A duty reminder will be sent out at the time of duty allocation, and reminders 14 and 7 days before the duty  to enable you to swap if necessary.

A Club like Spinnaker is largely run by volunteers and there are always jobs both large and small which need doing.  If you have spare time or run a company from whose services Spinnaker may benefit then we are always happy to hear from you.  In the first instance please contact our Rear Commodore House or the Club Office.

Club Flag Officers and Club Committees

As a members’ club, most of the major decisions and changes within the club are driven by the club nominated Flag Officers and Committee members. We are always looking for volunteers who may be interested in these positions to help run the club. It is an ideal way to get to know members and to appreciate just how many people the Club supports. Please get in touch with either the Commodore, the Rear Commodore, or the office for further details.

Work Party

Each year the Club has two work parties (February and November) where we try and get as many Members as possible to the site to have a general tidy up.  Tasks often involve cutting down brambles, strimming the grass, trimming hedgerows, painting the Club House, painting fences, litter picking, clearing the shrubbery from the islands and anything else that needs doing.  Whatever your ability or fitness level, we can find a job for you. Please check the club calendar for these dates, or watch out for information via email.

Duty Man

To manage or view duties on the Dutyman system which we use, please click on the Dutyman logo :

A guide to using Dutyman can be found here.

Duty type is allocated by experience and qualifications. Please note that all duties may require you to go out onto the water so ensure that you bring appropriate clothing, including any personal flotation device required:

  • Senior Race Officer: Confidence and experience required to run all club and open racing at the club.
  • Principal Race Officer: Responsibility for running regular club racing, including setting courses and recording results.
  • Assistant Race Officer: Provide assistance to senior race officer in recording of results and running of races.
  • Safety Boat Skipper: Responsibility for running club safety boat on given day. Must hold an RYA Safety Boat certificate.
  • Safety Boat Assistant: Provide assistance to Safety Boat skipper. Must hold an RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate.
  • Galley Assistant/General helper: Roles may include helping in the galley serving members drinks and taking orders for food, acting as a Parking Marshal on a busy Sunday morning during the summer or generally being on site to assist where needed on the day.

Duty Qualifications

Club Race Officer

This course is now free of charge to club members to encourage more members to take on the role as Club Race Officer.  Following the course we will pair newly qualified race officers with more experienced race officers initially to gain further experience. Please contact the office for details on any planned training or to register your interest.

Safety Boat

We encourage all of our members to become qualified to drive safety boats.  We run the RYA Powerboat level 2 and RYA Safety boat courses at reduced rates for Members.  Please see our training section for dates of courses.  Please note that you need to complete the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course before you can enrol on the RYA Safety Boat course.

Safety Boat Guide

Duty Fines

Members who fail to show up for their allocated duty will incur a charge of up to £70 towards the costs involved.

The Committee have the discretion of waiving this charge in exceptional circumstances but may ask you to attend a meeting to state any valid reason for letting down the Club.  If the fine is not paid within 30 days, it will be added to your renewal fee the following year.   Failure to discharge the fine will result in Membership being cancelled.

Duty Opt-Out

Members do have the option when joining the Club or at renewal time to opt out of duties, please see the Subscriptions page on WebCollect for the current rates.  Please note that this option is not available at other times.