Grafham Water Sailing Club is one of the most active sailing clubs in the UK. We run a large range of competitive, social and open events which requires a large amount of organisation and effort to run smoothly and to the high standards that our visitors expect.
This is made possible by our club members, all of whom are encouraged to volunteer for a role that suits them. This can range from assisting with race management, arranging events or painting doors to keeping the grounds tidy.
This support and involvement of our members is vital for us to maintain our position as one of the best clubs in the country. As well as helping the club, volunteering is a fun sociable activity, a great way to become part of a team and meet other like-minded members. The club’s policy for ensuring club racing is adequately resourced can be found here.
Below are some of the key areas where members can get involved in volunteering. The list is not complete and new unusual projects are often under way. If you have a special skill or interest please let us know and we will try to find an interesting project for you!
Get Involved with sailing
We have a busy sailing programme with club racing on Wednesdays and Sundays and Sociable Sailing activities on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
These activities need Race Officers, Timekeepers, Safety Boat Drivers and Mark-laying boat crew. A full description of all the roles can be found here.
We offer training for all of these roles. In addition, our open events need extra help for ‘Meet and Greet’, car-parking supervision and general assistance to visitors.
You can volunteer online for many of these roles via DutyMan.
Get Involved with Maintenance
The clubhouse, grounds, safety boats, tractor and club boats all need maintenance. If you enjoy DIY, gardening or have mechanical skills, this could be the role for you. Please contact the office to discuss your expertise and the type of project you would like to help with.
Get Involved with Club Management
The club is governed by a Council of Management which needs volunteers with management, financial, marketing and operational skills to make the club run smoothly. In addition we have a racing committee and each fleet elects a fleet captain. All of these roles are a great way to meet people and to take an active part in the club.