The role of the duty boat is now less than in past years.
It may have to contribute 1 crew member to Clarence and if Clarence is unavailable it may have to start the race. The Committee is finalising changes to the sailing instructions so as if the duty boat has to start the race this can be done over the radio with a sound signal as Accolade did last year when Clarence’s starter motor failed. Past experience suggests this will be an infrequent happening.
The Committee has decided that:
(a) A role of a duty boat should be to start a race when the Club’s start boat or the Race Officer is unavailable;
(b) the duty boat may compete in the race that it is required to start;
(c) if the race be a Bay Cup, a course should be chosen from Bay Cup course A, B or L with a start between the Caseys Beach mark and the Caseys Beach Cardinal mark and self-timed finish at Casey Beach, rather than rounding the Caseys Beach mark before the finish; and
(d) there should be no adjustment of a duty boat’s score for starting the race.
Skippers and crews should read the amended Notice of Race and amended Common Sailing Instructions giving effect to the Committee’s decision. This will be posted soon on the Club’s web site.
A new program incorporating the names of duty boats for the remainder of the season has also been posted on the Club’s web site.