Volunteering at the Australian Youth Championships: 10 – 14 January 2020
The Official Regatta page with NOR etc is hosted by Australian Sailing here
The age criteria has changed from Under 19 to Under 23 which is great, because we’ll see less young sailors aged out from a great regatta, sailing with their mates.
We’re in for a bumper festival at the Club next January. The event will likely see us host around 200 boats, 300 competitors and 150 other family members.
We settled on a whole of Club model to run this world class event. We could have looked at bringing volunteers in from around the bay, but decided ramping up our own teams was better. Over the last 10 years, we’ve hosted the 49er and 29er Worlds, the Australian Youth Championships and the Moth World Championships and had so much fun doing it!
There are a variety of roles across the Regatta and we’d like as many Members included as possible.
The skills required vary according to the role; many are simply transferring existing skill-sets to a new process.
For the race course side of things, we started training new teams last season as we will be running 4 race courses for this Regatta.
So to expand our Club-wide volunteer base, we will continue to train up volunteers in the lead up to this peak event and we’re hoping that most of those people will continue on volunteering, whether semi-regularly or just occasionally – it’s supposed to be fun, not a burden.
During the Regatta we are also looking at split shifts and shared roles to suit families, groups of families and friends, so they can participate without turning their lives upside down. Yes, there will be some hard work and some busy times but we should all have fun doing it. The roles required are:
- Regatta Office
- Car park
- Boat Park
- Start Boat
- Pin Boat
- Finish Boat
- Course Boat
- Beach Marshals
- Jetty Marshals
- Volunteer support
- Lunches and hospitality
- Noticeboard coordinator
- On shore first aid
- Spectator coordinator
- Support Boat /Rescue Boat
- Mothership (Couta Boats) Crew
- Media Boat PRO /Measurer Boat
A new training approach.
Getting across all the details of all the roles can seem pretty intimidating if you’re just starting on the pathway to become an official, so we’ve broken the training up into a simple general induction and a series of role specific training modules.
Training will start in October leveraging the opportunities to conduct Couta Boat Social Racing on Sundays. We’ll be providing details of these plans towards the end of September.
This has been highly successful and we have been commended by Australian Sailing’s Race Officials Committee for this.
We’re very fortunate that our Club can deliver all of the training in-house for all of the Regatta roles, in line with Australian and International best practice.
To register your interest, please contact our Sailing Manager: Ben Fels email@example.com
Working With Children Check
SSCBC is required by law to consider the suitability of all people that are doing chid relate work and this includes anyone of the Volunteer roles at the Australian Youth Championships.
The check is free and simple – it’s not looking at parking fines and speeding tickets, rather it is concentrating on
- criminal record in all Australian states and territories across your lifetime, including serious sexual, violent and drug offences you have previously been charged with, regardless of the outcome of those charges,
- current or historical reporting obligations or orders under the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004, the Serious Sex Offenders Monitoring Act 2005 or the Serious Offenders Act 2018,
- Professional conduct under health and teaching requirements.
Once you have completed your online application you simply take your form to an Australia Post to have your photo taken and card issued in the mail.