Club Duties

Shore Officer Duties

The Shore Officer is a member of the General Committee, or a member nominated by the General Committee, and is responsible for the co-ordination of on-shore non-sailing activities. A close working liaison with the Race Officer and the House Duty Members is required.

The duties are broadly as follows:

  • at the beginning of the sailing day, monitor that House Duty Officer has opened the Club as required and is in action.
  • Lift – unlock at the start of day
  • ensure that the Club is presented neat, tidy, and clean at opening.
  • arrange announcements of the days activities/ welcome visiting sailors.
  • COVID Manager for the day
  • the induction of new members and welcoming potential new members – Shore Officer will be notified if there are potential members to be welcomed and shown around the Club on Saturday mornings.
  • direction of yard traffic and car/trailer parking when congested.
  • liaise with the Canteen Manager to ensure the canteen is staffed and that canteen is locked at the end of the day.
  • liaise with the Bar Manager to ensure the bar is staffed and end of day the bar closing.
  • the security of the club at the end of the day’s activities.
  • the maintenance of good order in accordance with Club Rules and By-laws.
  • supervision of House Duty member.
  • any other matter requiring administration by the General Committee.
  • Risk management procedures: note any incidents in the incident book.
  • Lift – Lock at the end of day
  • ensure all Club sail boats have been returned securely and signed back in.
  • closing House Officer duties below

House Officer Duties

The rostered House Duty volunteer is responsible for:

  • Opening the perimeter gates and the Upper Deck Clubhouse
  • sweeping paved areas and ensuring that the Club premises are clean and tidy prior to the programmed time of commencement of Club events on those days
  • Sailing school days by 8:45 other days by 10am
  • Check toilets
  • Put out boat washing hoses
  • Locate rubbish bins for members use
  • Other duties which may be nominated by a Flag Officer or Shore Officer

The rostered House Duty volunteer is responsible for:

  • relocating rubbish bins at the end of the day’s activities
  • ensuring that tables and chairs are returned to within the Club premises
  • checking that lights and heater are switched off and all doors and gates securely locked by 1900 hours, or later by arrangement with the Shore Officer
  • other duties which may be nominated by a Flag Officer or the Shore Officer.

Bar Duty

Bar Duty 16:30-19:00


Swimmer Duty

A McCrae Yacht Club volunteer rostered for swimming duty shall:

  • Introduce themselves to the Race Officer and skipper assigned to the rescue boat at least one and a half hours prior to scheduled racing for the day.
  • Have the appropriate wet weather clothing for the day’s conditions.

From the Sailing Committee Handbook

Section 4 – Rescue Boat Skipper Handbook and Rules

Rules for Crewing
Club Rescue Boat Skippers shall be:

  • Above the age of 16.
  • Members of McCrae Yacht Club.
  • Approved by the Sailing Committee for each Boat.

Club Rescue Boat Crews shall be:

  • Above the age of 14
  • May be non-members with the permission of the Race Officer.
  • Each Rescue Boat shall be crewed by a minimum of TWO and normally a maximum of FOUR.
  • The Race Officer may authorise additional crew.
  • Passengers may be taken upon approval by the Race Officer.

Wearing of PFD’s

  • All occupants of Power driven vessels up to and including 4.8m are required to wear a PFD when under way.
  • The requirement to wear PFD’s is extended to all RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boats) rescue craft.
  • The race officer may at any time direct all crews to don PFD’s particularly if multiple rescues are being performed.

PFD’s – All must wear in heightened risk

  • when the vessel is crossing or attempting to cross an ocean bar or designated hazardous area
  • when the vessel is being operated by a person who is alone
  • when being operated at night (commencing one hour after sunset and ending one hour before sunrise) or in periods of restricted visibility
  • when there is significant likelihood that the vessel may capsize or be swamped by waves or the occupants of the vessel may fall overboard or be forced to enter the water
  • when the vessel is operating in an area where: a gale warning, storm warning, severe thunderstorm warning or severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology is current.

Alcohol and Drugs

  • Skippers and crew of Rescue Boats shall not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Alcohol shall not be consumed at any time when operating as skipper or crew of any Rescue Boat.
  • Alcohol increases body-heat loss, reducing your survival time if you fall overboard. It also increases the pulse rate, leading to rapid exhaustion in survival situations.
  • Prescribed medications and other drugs can also pose problems. Many preparations for seasickness, hay fever and other allergies can make you feel drowsy or easily confused.