The Sailing Committee puts together a sailing programme for the year and oversees the race managagement and organisation. All members of the club with a dinghy in the dinghy park, or who regularly crew in club racing, are expected to help run club racing at least three times per year.
The club uses the web based system Duty Man to organise the rota to ensure every club race, Village Regatta, open meeting and championship has correctly qualified members to fill all the required roles. Sometimes the members on duty are loosely drawn according to the class of boat they sail. Club Race duties are allocated at the beginning of the year, but members can swap duties, using the tools within Duty Man, if they are unable to carry out their duty on the day allocated. Other duties (e.g. Village Regattas, Opens, Championships) are left open and members can volunteer for roles and earn work vouchers for doing so.
The roles for a club race are Race Officer, Assistant Race Officer, Recorder, Safety Boat Driver X 2, Safey Boat crew X 2, Shorebase and Additional Help. There are more details of the responsibilties and what these roles entail in the yearbook. For an open meeting, or championship, more roles may be identified.
New members who join during the year will either be allocated some duties, or be expected to volunteer for some vacant slots. Doing duties is a great way to meet other members and get experience of club racing.
Some useful information about racing organised by the club:
There are normally two pursuit races each year, the Commodore's Best Boat and the Christmas Pudding Race. In a pursuit race there are two fleets, the Junior fleet (boats which normally sail in Slow Handicap) and the Main fleet, so two winners. See the Handbook for Pursuit race Sailing Instructions. Since Portsmouth Yardsticks for the season are published in March, the list of Pursuit Race Start Times 2018 cannot be included in the Handbook, so are here instead.
Care of the club's handheld VHF radios
The club owns 5 handheld VHF radios for use during club organised events (racing, training, raids,...). These are stored in a locked cupboard in the club room, in their chargers, and are automatically recharged for 1.5 hours per day (figure correct in 2018) to ensure they are full charged at the start of each duty, but without overcharging the batteries. The override button on the (central heating) timer can pressed to give an additional 1 hour of charge if required. Please ensure the radio is switched off, and the contacts are free of salt, and dry, before placing it in the charger.
Currently the radios in use are manufactured by ICOM who have made this helpful video regarding how to ensure the contacts are free of salt and dry.
ICOM say "Saltwater corrosion is a major problem for any equipment being used at sea. No matter how waterproof the equipment is, without correct maintenance, corrosion will eventually cause loss of performance and further issues.
We have put together this video that outlines some of the steps on how to help prevent salt water corrosion on your Icom VHF handheld and how to keep it in top condition. "
More information about VHF and Marine Radio on ICOM's knowledgebase.