From 18-24 May it's National Volunteer Week with the theme, Changing Communities. Changing Lives. While we are not quite ready to celebrate in person at our Club due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we can use technology to celebrate the amazing volunteer team we have at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. Through the week we will be posting images on our social media pages in recognition of our team, sending them a big wave and a smile as a little gesture of thanks from everyone at RFBYC.
So what do our volunteers do?
They have a lot of fun running activities for the club, helping their fellow members and our staff team to ensure that RFBYC continues to be a leading club on the water and as a social community based around the sport of sailing and boating.
We are led by a Flag Officer structure and run by a Committee with various Sub-Committee's (such as sailing, membership, power, juniors, offshore and finance) to advise. These roles are all filled by member volunteers.
Our club volunteers conduct regular sailing and power activities all year round, they encourage and assist new people to get into the sport and help to ensure that everyone is safe on the water. Volunteer roles include race management, start and finish teams, marker boats, safety boats, radio monitoring and check point duty for time trialling events.
Ashore they keep the club history records, organise equipment for our on-water activities and in the dinghy section they run the all-important canteen.
Our members fill the role of Master of Ceremonies for presentation evenings and New Members’ Nights and it is quite an honour to be called upon as guest speaker, or old salt, at a membership welcome function.
When we have opened up the grounds and Clubhouse to the community our members have been willing to assist as volunteers with history tours, showing the guests around, providing advice and information and sharing their welcoming community atmosphere.
RFBYC is host to many sailing championships and special events, our volunteers are an important piece of these activities. The roles are often intense and time consuming, they take on the challenge and enjoy it. Some of the most exciting events for our volunteer teams are the annual Warren Jones International Youth Regatta, class world championships (Dragon class, Etchells class, Flying Fifteen class) and running the radio operations for our blue water offshore races. In 2017 RFBYC hosted the World Match Racing Tour. This was an extreme week of world tour level match racing in M32 catamarans and such a full and amazing experience for the RFBYC volunteers who filled a major role in running the event on and off the water while the club was on show to the world.
Volunteering can be challenging but it is always rewarding. It is a wonderful way to be involved in your community and make lifelong friends. Visit the participate section of the club website, rfbyc.asn.au to learn more about opportunities at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.
Join us in this national event, we too invite you to put your hand up and thank our volunteers by waving a special smile of appreciation. If you would like to send a photo, share it with us using the hashtags:
#TeamRFBYC volunteers #NVW2020 #waveforvolunteers #TogetherWithRFBYC