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Volunteers

We are grateful to all our volunteers. Find out how to get involved.

Volunteering at Royal Lymington Yacht Club



We run a varied programme on the water and ashore throughout the year and could not achieve this without the support of our fantastic volunteers. We are always looking for new helpers - why not get involved? Whether you'd like to be a part of our race management team, help with our Wednesday Junior Sailing community programme or get involved in another way, we'd love you to join our friendly team! Volunteering is a great way to meet and get to know fellow members, as well as enjoy a day giving back to our sport and club.

There are many opportunities for adults and young people to volunteer at Royal Lymington Yacht Club - take a look at the information below and do get in touch to be part of the team!

We offer regular training and additional support for those who would like to develop their race management skills. Ashore, afloat, race official, safety crew or mark layer, it’s your choice. We aim to offer the best race management teams for our competitors, whilst of course having some fun along the way.

Sailing Event Teams


There are many volunteer roles and duties associated with running our sailing events. Whether you are relatively inexperienced or fully qualified, we would be delighted to hear from you!

Volunteering opportunities include the following, for our regular weekly series (such as Thursday Night Racing, Friday Evening Junior Racing and Wednesday Junior Sailing), for annual club events, for our RYA training courses and for Class and National Championship events hosted at the club. 
  • RIB drivers for safety boats and mark laying
  • Flag timers and record keepers
  • Racing Management
If you would like to get involved with our Sailing Event Teams, please complete the form below:
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Wednesday Junior Sailing


We hope that our award-winning Wednesday Junior Sailing (WJS) programme will return in 2021. Without the very special people who volunteer their time on a Wednesday, we could not offer this great service to the community.

Can you help? There are many different opportunities, both on and off the water. The greater the number of volunteers, the greater the number of local children able to participate in this exceptional programme, offering fun on the water whilst they learn valuable seamanship skills.

You don't need to have any experience to be able to help. Anyone with any level of sailing ability is more than welcome, and there are a number of jobs ashore for non-sailing helpers.

People who can row are especially welcome as we always have a shortage and rowing has become the new favourite amongst the children on the water – probably because Jo makes it such fun! You do not need to qualify as an instructor to help on the water. Competent sailors are very much appreciated to sail Scows. We need RIB crews (you don’t necessarily have to drive) and both shoreside and pontoon help. If you enjoy it, the club can offer formal RYA Training to become an Instructor or a RIB Driver, which is great fun and a very useful skill. 

If you would like to volunteer for Wednesday Junior Sailing, please contact Ali Husband via the club office.

Events Ashore



There are many ways to volunteer ashore if you prefer to stay on dry land! Throughout the year we run various events that do not run themselves. Our wonderful volunteers help with preparing and running events - for example at Christmas time there are trees to assemble, decorations to put up, Santa's Grotto to build, presents to wrap - and much more!

Or perhaps you'd like to be one of our flower team, helping to make to clubhouse look its best and welcoming to all.

In the Club



Our various House Committees help to organise our social events, liaising with our Mosimann's team to organise catering options and select wines. 

We have volunteers who assist in some aspects of our IT and in maintaining and operating our audio / visual systems. In addition, the club's archives are maintained by a volunteer: find our History website here.
  
There is also a committee that carries out building maintenance and sees to the upkeep of the front garden. 

 

How to Volunteer



If you are interested in assisting with our volunteer programme please contact the club office on 01590 672677 or by email sail@rlymyc.org.uk.

Do get in touch for a chat and for suggestions where you might be able to help. It is possible that you may wish to volunteer for only one thing specifically once a year (e.g. to help Santa) or perhaps you would like to get involved in a committee, we'll be delighted to hear from you, however much or little time you are able to share.

We completely understand that some people may be reluctant to be involved for health or other reasons and appreciate that social distancing will need to be applied to all our activities. Risk assessments are being drawn up and policies are being put in place by the Health and Safety Committee to deal with these issues.
 
Participants shall be guided by the RYA document Sailing & Racing in Mixed Households and by the control measures outlined in the Royal Lymington Yacht Club risk assessments for Dinghy Sailing and SUP, Pontoon and On The Water Activities and Clubhouse Operations.