Moderating the duty burden
In future, all duties will be expressed as half days. Whilst we expect (and hope) that many will continue to volunteer for the whole day (i.e. two duties), we did receive feedback that for some, setting aside a whole day is difficult. This measure should give more flexibility to those who cannot set aside the whole day. In practice what this means is that we will allocate Sunday Committee Boat and safety boat duties supporting Club Racing, and Saturday safety boat duties as half days (ie am or pm). Open Meeting duties, for which activity is continuous, will be allocated for the whole day but most will count as “double” duties
Compared with previous years, the number of duties is being reduced in some areas. The Race Committee Boat crew numbers on Sundays will reduce to three in the morning and two in the afternoon, and the number of safety boats rostered for Club Racing on a Sunday afternoon will change from two to one. Sunday afternoon duties are not required in the winter months (November to February) when we do not have organized racing. Also, on Saturdays during the winter months, duty rib crews will be rostered only when there is unsupported organized Club sailing activity.
In the longer term we are also looking at ways of automating the Committee Boat processes which may enable us to make further reductions in the number of people required.