You should by now have received your duty rota for the coming season and may be wondering what this OOD thing is all about.

If you’ve never done it before, OOD duty might sound like quite a daunting task. Never fear, it’s not as bad as it sounds, and it’s nothing to do with Doctor Who! Essentially the Officer of the Day (OOD) and his/her team run the racing either on a Wednesday evening or a Sunday, and you as a helper won’t be the one in charge making all the decisions, that’s the principle OOD’s job.

Sunday racing starts at 12.30 so you’ll need to arrive at around 11.30 to help get the rescue boats out, again don’t worry as there should be somebody else on duty who knows how to do this or they’ll already be out from the Sunday morning race training.

Once the action starts you may need to help raise and lower flags, help with recording results, or sit in a rescue boat and watch the racing (it’s the best place to watch from!) and rescue those unfortunate enough to go for a swim.

If you have been put down as a principle OOD and have never done it before it because with think with a little training you should be up to the job and you’ll have a “mentor” for the day.

What do you need to bring with you?

You’ll possibly be sat in a safety boat so please dress according to the weather as it can get cold out there (or you’ll get a good tan!). There is a remote possibility that you may need to enter the water, as a last resort, but should be taken into consideration. Usually, what you normally sail in will be fine.

If you’d like to find out more about OOD, or even Dutyman, there will be a talk on Friday 16th March at 7pm.