Roles and Responsibilities
Thames Sailing Club (TSC) is owned by its members. The principal assets are held in trust by the Trustees, but the Trustees have no authority to take any action without the authority of the club's General Committee. The General Committee have no authority to authorise any action with regards to the club's principal assets without the approval of the membership by way of a General Meeting. The club operates within a set of rules bye-laws and policies which are consistent with model rules proposed by our regulatory body, the Royal Yachting Association (note: these are all available on the website).
The club is managed by a General Committee elected on an annual basis at the Annual General Meeting. Currently, it comprises five Officers and six ordinary members, one of whom we expect to be a senior Kingston University Sailing Club (KUSC) representative. The five Officers, who 'report' to the General Committee, have the following roles:
Commodore – is the principal 'Flag' Officer *, sets a direction for the club and is responsible for the organisation and management of the club. The Commodore chairs the General Committee meetings.
Vice Commodore – is second in command, is a Flag Officer and is responsible for the organisation and management of the sailing side, and associated aspects, of our club.
Rear Commodore – is third in command, is a Flag Officer and is responsible for the organisation and management of all the land based aspects of our club and all the social events including bar and catering and website.
Honorary Secretary – is an Officer and is responsible for all club records, maintaining all club legal documentation, be it rates, licences, rules or health & safety etc. as well as organising and taking minutes of General Committee and General Meetings. The Hon Secretary is also responsible for membership matters.
Honorary Treasurer – is an Officer and is responsible for all club finances and the submission of any legal documents required by law. The Treasurer is required to keep the General Committee apprised of the club's financial position at each General Committee meeting.
* A Flag Officer has the right to fly a club flag with the following adjustments which show his/her rank. Commodore's flag has two fishtails, Vice Commodore's has one red ball in the upper left quadrant, Rear Commodore's flag has two red balls in the upper left quadrant.
Note: A past Commodore may fly a club flag with a red X in the top left quadrant.
Committee Members – act as representatives of the membership at large and provide advice and support to the Officers in the management of the club by word and action.
The Sailing Committee is chaired by the Vice Commodore who has the following posts to support him/her:
Sailing Secretary – is responsible for recommending the sailing programme and once approved ensuring that appropriate membership support is organised (Box/ Rescue Boat duty) to effect the event. He is also responsible for maintaining race result records and the presentation details for prize-giving.
Training Principal – is responsible for all aspects of our club's sail and power boat training within the RYA's (National Boating Body) standards.
Coxswain (Power) – is responsible for all matters relating to the club's power craft.
Coxswain (Sail) – is responsible for all matters relating to the club's sailing craft.
Harbour Master – is responsible for organising and maintaining the upper & lower hard, the buoys and other bosunary items.
Class Captains – are the principal representatives of the classes or groups of boats currently sailing within the club.
KUSC Representative – KUSC is based at Thames and is closely linked with TSC's activities; whilst maintaining its independence. The KUSC representative would normally be a member of the General Committee and act as the go-between to ensure a smooth interface between the two organisations.
Sailing Committee Members - additional hands are always welcome to support any of the above roles or provide expertise.
Rear Commodores - House and Social
The Rear Commodore House is supported by:
House Secretary – is responsible for the maintenance of all club buildings and land from cleaning to improvements.
House Committee Members – additional hands are always welcome to support any of the above roles on an ad hoc or regular basis.
The Rear Commodore Social is supported by:
Bar Secretary – who is responsible for the provisioning, staffing, security and profitability of the bar.
Catering Secretary – is the role responsible for all official catering requirements both legal and food production as may be requested by the club's programme or otherwise.
Other Key Roles
Club Welfare Officer – is responsible for supporting the well-being of young and vulnerable members and is an interface between those members, the General Committee and external authorities in the event of significant unwarranted events occurring.
Honorary Auditor – Is responsible, as an independent person, that the club's financial records fairly represent the accounts as and when presented to the membership and to raise any concerns regarding the club's financial position should such concerns arise.
For more information on specific Roles and Responsibilities please visit this page.
Last updated 17:43 on 19 September 2019