- Phone members on box and patrol boat duty to remind them
to turn up.
- At home, refresh memory on Racing Rules, Sailing Instructions.
- Get weather forecast
- Take waterproofs, wellies, warm clothing if cold.
- Make sure you have club key or know how to access it. If in doubt ask a Flag Officer or the Secretary.
On the Day
Tamesis Club Weather Station
- Remember that safety is your prime concern.
- Assess the weather – use the Tamesis Club Weather Station – and your choice of course, and decide early whether two patrol boats are required. If so, ensure that a second crew is found and both boats are on the water and suitably deployed through the racing.
- Tamesis IV (the Dory) should be the primary patrol boat, Tamesis III is the secondary boat and also ideal for mark laying.
- Open gate, clubhouse, disarm security system.
- Open changing rooms, office, boatshed.
- Hoist Red Ensign (stored in blue chest in clubhouse) first to flagpole yard (sloping arm), then club burgee to topmast.
- Take starting equipment from office to starting box. Hoist orange flag at top of box flagpole and flag Y if personal buoyancy to be worn, except in Winter when personal buoyancy is mandatory.
- Bend on answering pennant (postponement), first substitute (general recall), flag S (shorten), flag P (preparatory) and class flags.
- Check hooter and loudhailer system work.
- If doing a Pursuit race make sure fog horn is working.
- Prepare race entry forms.
- Remove goose netting.
- Brief patrol boat crew.
- Bail out bilges.
- Check enough fuel in tank, tow ropes, ladder (secured to boat), boathook, anchor, bucket, fire extinguishers, and oars on board.
- Check radios, confirm call signs.
- Load course marks.
- Take entries.
- Welcome visitors. Introduce potential members to available officers, class captains.
- Try to find places for spare crews.
- Choose course from Blue Book.
- Always try for nearest to windward start.
- Put up course letters, mark rounding symbols, and number of rounds (too many rather than too few – you can always shorten).
- Get launch crew to set marks ensuring that inner distance mark leaves enough room for a rowing eight to pass through; go out with them if necessary.
- Keep check on time.
- Follow starting schedule in Blue Book.
- Start first handicap race at 10.30 and finish by 11.00 to start main race at 11.10.
- Give first signal 5 minutes before start.
- On Thursday evenings start all-in handicap at 19.15, National 18s at 19.17; finish leading boat soon after 20.00.
- Check all boats on water are entered.
- If boat(s) over line at start, make second sound signal and keep flag at half drop (club races) or display flag X (open meetings).
- Hail sail number(s) of boat(s) if possible.
- Hail when clear.
- If many boats over line, break out first substitute with two sound signals for general recall and set new start time behind all other classes.
- On race sheet enter position of each boat at end of each lap.
- Mark retirements against boat number.
- Decide in good time when to shorten course; two sound signals and S flag when class leader has rounded last mark.
- Finish all boats when they cross line in same direction whether lapped or not.
- Boats can finish either side of the inner distance mark.
- Record finishing order and times in final column of race sheet.
- Make sure all boats are in.
- Ask protester to fill in protest form (forms in office).
- Notify flag officer.
- Co-opt protest committee of three.
- Arrange hearing.
- Mark result on race sheet and give details to Sailing Secretary.
- Tidy box, secure halyards, put flags away, lock starting box door.
- Return kit to office.
- Replace all goose netting.
- When members have left club, take down flags, lock all windows and doors, re-alarm security system.
- Make sure car park is empty.
- Lock main gate.