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Help needed!

Club Welfare Officer: We are currently looking for a club welfare officer. As a nominated point of contact for any welfare issues identified in respect of a club member. Support and advice is available from the RYA. You must be independent from any Instructors at the club.

Child Protection Officer: – We are looking for a Child Protection Officer. As nominated point of contact for any welfare issues identified in respect of an under 18 member. Support and advice is available from the RYA.


Website/Social media contributors: If you can help keep our Social Media up to date with activity at the club and further afield, in the Sailing or SUP’ing world, then please get in touch.


General Committee member: Please get in touch with the Honorary Secretary or Commodore if you are interested in standing for election to the General Committee.


Club development plan – Facilities area lead: We are looking for someone who can help coordinate our long term plan to improve and make best use of the club facilities, this role involves identifying possible actions, liaising with other club volunteers or external companies and reporting back updates to General Committee.


Why volunteer at SSSC?


By volunteering at SSSC you are not only helping keep the cost of membership low and ensuring the club’s long term future, but it can also offer rewards for you. Volunteering can offer the opportunity to make new friends, gain new skills or the opportunity to give back to our club or the sport of sailing.

Do I need any special skills or lots of spare time?


You don’t need any specialist skills for many roles or lots of time. All help is gratefully received whether it’s a specific role or on a more informal basis.

How can I help?


There are lots of ways to help. Not only do we rely on volunteers to run races and provide bar/galley, but also looking after the club facilities, helping with training, tasters for new members, helping to organise social events or even joining a committee to help run the club.


Club committee, roles and responsibilities:


General Committee: Consists of club officers and committee members, responsible for the overall management of the club including the power to make (and repeal) whatever bye-laws it deems necessary and spend club funds as appropriate. Has oversight of both Sailing and House Committees. Meetings take place monthly (usually on the third Monday in the month) excluding August.


Sailing Committee: Has responsibility, delegated by the General Committee, for all on water activity of the club, specifically racing and training, including management of relevant duty rosters. Meets monthly (usually on the first Monday of the month) excluding August.


House Committee: Has responsibility, delegated by the General Committee, for the club premises including the clubhouse and surrounding land, including management of relevant duty rosters. Meets monthly (usually on the first Monday of the month) excluding August.


Club Officers: (all club Officers sit on the General Committee and may also sit on Sailing or House Committees)


Commodore – Chairs General Committee & AGM. Organises Commodore’s dinner and helps organise the end of year prizegiving. Represents the club at Opens, Trophy days and other events. Writes “From the Bridge”. Ensures any issues which come up are addressed via the various Committees or other volunteers.


Vice Commodore (also sits on Sailing Committee) – Organises Commodore’s day following Commodore’s arrival. Deputises for Commodore, in conjunction with rear Commodore, at prize-giving etc


Rear Commodore (also sits on House Committee) – Deputises for Commodore when required.


Honorary Secretary – Prepares minutes & agenda for General Committee and AGM, manages general enquiries, manages club administration such legal, regulatory and insurances.


Treasurer – Club accounting and banking, member invoicing and management and settlement of club suppliers.

Membership Secretary – Handles enquiries from new prospective members, conducts club familiarisation, handles new applications in coordination with the Treasurer, handles changes in membership types for existing members, ensures members are renewed onto the correct membership and seeks feedback from those resigning their membership. Monitors trends in membership and helps the Committee in addressing issues such as membership “churn”.


Sailing Captain – Chairs Sailing Committee, ensures issues relating to on water activity are addressed or brought to the General Committee. Advises the General Committee in relation to on water activity and coordinates activity of all Sailing Committee members.


Sailing Secretary – Sits on Sailing Committee and prepares minutes & agenda for Sailing Committee, communicates information relating to on water activity including via the “Sailing” section of Good News Friday.


General Committee roles:


Duty Manager, House Committee Chair, Publicity Officer, Social Secretary, General Committee members.


Sailing Committee roles:


Results Secretary, Bosun, Chief Instructor (Sail), Chief Instructor (Power), Chief Coach, Race Training, Ladies Captain, Fleet Captains.


House Committee roles:

House secretary, Galley Lead, House Committee Members.


Training roles:

Sailing: Senior Instructors, Dinghy Instructors & Assistant Instructors – Delivery of RYA dinghy sailing courses RYA Levels 1,2,3 Seamanship, Day Sailing and any relevant instructor endorsements (start racing, sailing with spinnakers etc).

Coaching: Race coaches – Delivery of RYA advanced race coaching.

Power: Powerboat Instructors – Delivery of RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2 and SSSC Safety boat courses to members for safety boat courses.


Other roles:

Trustees & Accounts auditor/Independent Examiner.


Trophy Manager – Keeping track of club trophies, via SCM, and preparation for awards of trophies prior to award including before end of year prizegiving.

Club welfare officer – nominated point of contact for any welfare issues identified in respect of an adult club member.


Youth & Junior lead – Organises Sunday morning Youth & Junior Training and ad hoc courses, Junior Fun day, Youth Championships etc


Child Protection Officer – nominated point of contact for any welfare issues identified in respect of an under 18 member.

Club Development Plan: Area leads – Coordinates and reports back to General Committee on progress towards actions for specific Development area.

Wednesday maintenance – Various work undertaken to maintain and improve club facilities.


Scm Admin – Systems administration of Sailing Club Manager, the clubs web-based database and website. Specifically managing accounts, importing calendar (annually), amending memberships, online applications, system settings & notifications, structure/configuration of website etc


Email/website domain admin: Maintain club email accounts.

Whoa! That’s one long list, how does it all get done? Well luckily there are lots of people willing to help but we do need more, so if you are please get in touch.

Many thanks for reading!

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