RMYS relies on the goodwill and expertise of its volunteers to run racing and to help us out around the club. You will have the chance to meet new people, learn new skills and have a lot of fun. If you would like to be involved, we would love to hear from you!

On Wednesdays, we run breakwater starts from the comfort of the RMYS tower, and the course is around fixed marks. On Saturdays and some Sundays, racing is often run from the more exciting race management boats. On these days the course is set up to suit the prevailing wind conditions, and the boats sail further off shore.

There are many duties associated with running an event.  Whether you are relatively inexperienced or fully qualified, we would very much like to hear from you. Race Management opportunities exist with our keelboat and Juniors with various roles  on a weekly basis which include:

Scribes, Flag operators, Race Officer, Boat Driver, Mark Laying, Race Results

We also offer training in the following areas

BOAT/RIB DRIVER

BOAT/RIB Drivers must hold Powerboat licence; ideally we’d like people with safety boat qualifications or experience as well.  If you are not yet in a position to be a RIB Driver, the best way to get involved as a member of the RIB team is to volunteer as a crew.  If you have experience or a qualification that’s great, if not you’ll learn a lot on the job which can be backed up by training available through the Club.

COURSE LAYER

A good course (mark) layer is as good as an additional ARO, providing the RO with wind information at various points on the course.  Mark layers must be able to measure the wind strength and angle at any time and report this to the RO, working from a boat which should be a fast power boat equipped with a GPS.   Many ROs prefer more than one mark laying boat.  Between starting and finishing, the mark layers may also be used as a safety boat, although  its main task is to stand by for alterations to the course in the event of a wind change.

RACE OFFICER

We aim to give our volunteers the confidence to run the Club racing and give you a good knowledge of the procedures and duties of a Race Officer.  Whether you wish to become a Club, State, National and International Race Official, we have a pathway for you.

You don’t need to be an experienced yachtie to be involved, perhaps you are between boats, have a passion for sailing, happy to support your partner racing or new to the sport.

See the Volunteers Guide below for more information, or contact Colin (RMYS Boating Coordinator) on 9534 0227 or by email at boating@rmys.com.au

To become a volunteer please complete the following form and we will get back to you:

RMYS Volunteer Form
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RMYS Volunteers Guide

The following document aims to provide some background to volunteering for race management at RMYS. Please read this document and let us know if you have any questions.

Volunteers Guide

Volunteer Roster

Below is a link to the Volunteer Roster website, which allows volunteers to register their availability for each RMYS racing session online.

Please call Colin in the RMYS office on 9534 0227 if you need help registering, or if you have difficulty with the system.

Race Management Volunteer Roster

On Water Safety

All volunteers should familiarise themselves with the RMYS Sailing Operations Policy. It contains very important information on what to do in an emergency situation while racing is being conducted.

Sailing Operations Policy