There are various ways in which members can (and do) support the Club. There are roles supporting racing and sailing: either in a safety/mark-laying boat or on a Committee Boat, for Club Racing, Open Meetings, or Leisure Sailing. But there are a number of onshore duties which are equally important. These include car park marshalling, tractor marshalling and shrimp control at our large events, and working parties (both mid-week and weekend) to help maintain the site, buildings, Club Boats, Committee Boats, and Safety Boats. All of these are important. Members are invited to express a preference, at the time of joining or membership renewal, as to which of these duty types they would prefer to do.
We operate a voucher scheme which is a way of saying thank you from the Club, on behalf of all members, to those who volunteer. Vouchers may be used in the bar or in the café, to purchase regalia or chandlery and for Training Courses and Coaching Sessions.
We present annual awards, each year at the Christmas lunch, for volunteers who have given most generously of their time.
This is awarded to the Club Member who registers the most duties on Dutyman over the year. Recipients have been:
2016: David McNamee
2017: Ian Wilson
2018: Alex Lamdin
Volunteer of the Year Awards
We make additional awards to those who have made a particularly generous contribution. These have gone to:
2016: Tim Berridge and Colin Audus for their contribution to mid-week working parties
2017: Barry Wyatt for his contribution as Webmaster and before that in many capacities.
Anne Davies for her contribution over several years making flags for the club.
Barry Holden for taking on the considerable task of restoring the benches in the gents’ changing rooms, before that refurbishing the external notice board and also other valuable contributions to working parties.
2018: Simon Gray for much valued tree work around our site
Bob Gatton for building the trophy cabinet
Gordon Oscroft and Gerry Reeve for leading, with Tim Berridge, the work on the refurbishment of Stirling, our new Committee Boat.