RIB / Jaffa Crew
Those volunteering as RIB crew in support of racing must be experienced in dinghy sailing and having racing experience would be a distinct advantage. As RIB crew you must familiarise yourself with the helming of the RIB, should anything happen to inhibit the helm. RIB Helms must be able to operate the VHF radio and it would be helpful if RIB crew can do also. In the case of the Jaffa there is no radio, fixed radio but you must have a handheld that communicates to Thorney Club and the wider community. Ensure that when you prepare yourself for the trip that you take a VHF radio, the white tub applicable to the boat concerned and a first aid grab bag.
The crew and the helm are a team. While the RIB helm pilots the boat, the crew should act as the 'eyes and ears' of the helm and continually sweep the fleet, identifying problems such as capsizes.
Newly qualified PBL2 should look to volunteer as crew until they have gained sufficient experience to volunteer as RIB helm (i.e. covered a minimum of at least two races during which time they should be permitted to drive for 30 – 45 minutes as /when appropriate ).
Suitable clothing MUST be worn to keep warm and dry, see below.
It should be recognised that, in the case of a dinghy inversion, it may be necessary for either the crew or the helm to enter the water. It is therefore imperative that the nominated person be wearing effective protective clothing to ensure they can help and do not end up finding themselves in difficulties. So ensure that the one entering the water are able to do so, without putting themselves at risk of hypothermia. Thus a dry-suit or an effective wet-suit are to be worn (dependent upon air / sea temperatures). The other person in the boat should also wear suitable clothing for warmth bearing in mind that sitting in a boat can be very cold.