Roles and Responsibilities
Thames Sailing Club (TSC) is a Registered Charity. The club operates within a constitution, a set of rules bye-laws and policies which are consistent with model rules proposed by our regulatory body, the Royal Yachting Association, and the Charities Commission.
Board of Trustees
The club is managed by a Board of Trustees elected at an Annual General Meeting.
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 Trustees 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 Events and Promotion is third in command, is a Flag Officer and is responsible for the organisation of 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 Trustee 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 Trustees apprised of the club's financial position at each Trustee 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.
Other Trustees 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.
Sailing Committee Members - additional hands are always welcome to support any of the above roles or provide expertise.
Rear Commodores - Events and Promotion, and Estate
The Rear Commodore Estate (currently vacant) is supported by:
House Secretary is responsible for the maintenance of all club buildings and land from cleaning to improvements.
The Rear Commodore Events and Promotion is supported by:
Bar Secretary who is responsible for the provisioning, staffing, security and profitability of the bar.
House Committee Members additional hands are always welcome to support any of the above roles on an ad hoc or regular basis.
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 Trustees and external authorities in the event of significant unwarranted events occurring.
For more information on specific Roles and Responsibilities please visit this page.