02 - Volunteers

The Club and members are provided with better security by volunteers who give up whatever time they can manage.

I believe the cruising group provide a higher proportion of security volunteers than any other part of the PYC but if anyone else can provide occasional night duties please contact Alec Hopley or the PYC office.

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Photo © Mike Millard 

Wednesday Volunteers:

As we run the youthsection training on a purely voluntary basis, and to prevent it being the same few people repeatedly manning the beach or slipway, we ask that every family commit at least one person to doing a minimum of 6 duties per season. In the first instance this would involve being a beach or slip helper for not only your own children but for all groups, and for both launch and recovery; coordinating launch and recovery as slipmaster or beachmaster; helping in the Sailing Office as Shore Coordinator; or manning the Tally Board at the beginning and end of a session. All training will be given and we will run a buddy system to help share the expertise of those who have already had years of experience.

We understand very well the difficulties of trying to rig and derig boats, whilst looking after your children, especially when you have younger children to look after as well – we have been there ourselves! – but we feel that a minimum of 6 duties per season per family is not too much to ask to help us run safe, friendly and efficient sessions.

We will publish a duty roster and keep a register, in the same way as the adult sailing volunteer duties are arranged (please note that the adults’ race nights volunteer form is separate from the Youth Section volunteer requirements).

If you wish to be a RIB assistant or other on the water volunteer (and this is a popular request) we ask that you serve an apprenticeship onshore at least for the first season.