The RYA Eric Twiname Team Racing event is one of the largest events at the Club and this is our 10th year of hosting. It raises our profile in many ways and shows we are able to run the larger, more profitable events that give us more resources to improve the club for everyone. Over the years a number of our youth members have taken part in the event whether for the club, their school or class association.
This year it will be held on 13th & 14th October. At this point in time, the junior event is now full with a just a few team places left in the youth event.
There will be over 300 participants and nearly 80 helpers. The RYA provides the bulk of these helpers but the Club is responsible for filling 20 slots. We need volunteers for some of these positions.
As in previous years, these are:
- shore roaming (to keep an eye on the clubhouse, bins, take refreshments to other volunteers etc.)
- change boat driving - PB2 required (ferrying teams between the pontoon and their boats)
- beachmaster (controlling access to the pontoons and keeping an eye on which teams need to go afloat next)
- boat fixing skills (keeping the Fevas and Fireflys afloat if anything breaks)
The RYA will provide all volunteers with free breakfast, lunch and tea/coffee. There is also an option to join an evening meal for volunteers on Saturday.
The Saturday starts at 8.00am with registration and the expectation of racing starting at 9.00am. On Sunday the aim is to start racing at 9.00am as well. There can be around 150 fast-paced races over the 2 days making for an exciting event. The action is close to shore and easy to keep track of. The university provides excellent commentary on a PA so this is one of the more interesting events to volunteer for.
As with previous years, this is one of the few times of the year when you cannot sail on Farmoor 2 (the main water in front of the club house) while the event is taking place, as to launch you will have to sail through the race course and or pose a wind shadow to the close competition. The course has to be close to the pontoons to allow quick swap over of crews. In previous years racing has finished around 3pm both days but this is weather dependent. Farmoor 1 will be available to sail on subject to the usual 2 boat rule. The club will be exceptionally busy as only a few competitors are on the water at one time and constantly rotated.
Please use this the contact form if you would like to help or find out more info
Adrian Howe – Event co-ordinator for ET 2018