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Volunteering at BYRA

Volunteer at BYRA

Our sailing club benefits from the assistance of many volunteers to make it the success that it is. We are always looking for people to help in various roles on Sundays during the sailing season, and even a commitment of just a few hours once a month makes a big difference to us. Here's an example of the types of things you can get involved in as a volunteer:

Race Scribe

You get to spend the afternoon on the race start boat (a large comfortable vessel) watching the racing up close. The role involves recording sail numbers and finish times of the boats as they cross the finish line. At least one other scribe works with you so you can agree records. You need to arrive at the club at 12:30pm for the BYRA patrol boat to take you to the start boat. At the conclusion of racing (normally by 4:30pm) you will be ferried back to BYRA. No experience necessary and a great way to spend an afternoon!

Patrol Boat

BYRA operates a patrol boat on the northern course (immediately to the north of Scotland Island) each Sunday afternoon to support the Combined Fleet Racing. The role of this boat is to:

  • Lay and retrieve course marks.
  • Ferry the Race Scribe to and from the start boat.
  • Provide assistance to the dinghys as required.
  • The Partol Boat requires a Driver and at least one Crew.

Patrol Boat Crew

No experience necessary! As crew you assist with mark laying and providing support to dinghies if required. You need to arrive at the club at 12:30pm . At the conclusion of racing (normally by 4:30pm) you retrieve the BYRA scribe from the start boat and return to BYRA. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon and to see dinghy sailing up close!

Patrol Boat Driver

To drive the boat you require a boat license. Ideally you would serve a couple of sessions as Patrol Boat Crew to become familiar with proceedings first. You need to arrive at the club at 12:30pm. At the conclusion of racing (normally by 4:30pm) you retrieve the BYRA scribe from the start boat and return to BYRA. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon and to see dinghy sailing up close!

Canteen

BYRA operates a very successful canteen from 8:30am to 1:00pm each Sunday. Volunteers can commit to just a few hours or the whole day - all assistance is greatly appreciated. The canteen is the heart of BYRA and is a very enjoyable place to spend a few hours. Many of our volunteers combine a few hours in the morning with an afternoon as race scribe or on the patrol boat.

If you (or a friend) would like to get involved then contact the club



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