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davidyacht View Drop Down
Really should get out more
Really should get out more


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Depends on the water; I think that two people are expected in a rescue boat these days (frankly if there is only one I will politely ask them to go away if I need rescuing).  

At school the rescue boat was an unmanned rowing boat, and one of us had to sail in to use it!

I am happy to run a Wednesday evening race on my own.  However this is quite demanding, especially if times need to be recorded and therefore onerous for the inexperienced RO, in fact two in the box allows new people to be trained up.  I have done Wednesday evening races in the past with no RO where the first finisher scribbles the times down of the other finishers.

It is also known for us to email around after a period of blown off races, and race unofficially in our harbour with rabbit starts and little rescue cover , nominating random marks and restarting when the fleet has settled into an order ... actually good fun.  So I guess that you donít need anyone if you are happy to sail at your own risk.
Happily living in the past
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ian.r.mcdonald View Drop Down
Far too distracted from work
Far too distracted from work


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There are two types of person involved in club racing.

The involved group, willing to drop out from racing if windy to support rescue. And happy to volunteer 4 times a year to keep it all going.

The "takers" group, who just turn up and race ( and winge if all is not 100%). And to be fair the beginners who hopefully will move to the other group once trained. Support racing under protest.

Group 1 is diminishing and I dont have any ideas how best to move group 2 into helping!
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A2Z View Drop Down
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We have 9 people on duty on a Sunday (Officer of the Day + 2 assistants, Race Officer + 1 assistant, 2 RIBs with helm and crew each). On a Weds evening we donít have an OOD (or assistants) but we have an extra helper with the RO, so 7 to run the racing. I always thought this was too many, but with 3 or 4 fleets to start, 25 Laser numbers to record and 50 handicap times to take it isnít easy even with three running the race!
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