1) The Launch Officer is responsible for the safe launch and monitoring the return of the crews.
2) Inform members the time and day of the launch and the nature of the outing - training, taster or social - and the forecast weather conditions. Ask Andy, Sally or Peter to send out the e-mail 24 hours or so before the outing. If conditions are changeable, tell members that a decision will be made at, say, 9am on the day of the outing.
3) Assess conditions again at the slipway and cancel if necessary. Perhaps substitute a working party to clean out the boats!
Discuss with other experienced members whether it is safe to launch bearing in mind that the sea state will change when the tide turns and the strength of the crews. Remember the need to pull boats back up the slipway!
4) If conditions are reasonable and not cold, a sixth rower can go in the pilot seat and the outing can be a little longer so all the crew get a worthwhile row.
5) Collect the £1-in-the-pot from each rower. If there is a lot to do, ask one of the rowers to do this for you. Post the money in the black box in the garage.
6) Check that all crew wear life-jackets and that each boat has safety gear and the cox has a radio. Carry out a radio check just before or after the launch. There is a spare vhf in the garage. Make sure this is returned after the outing. The call sign for the Launch Officer is “Shore Party”.
7) In the summer at busy times on the slipway, the launching trolleys have to be put back in the compound during the outing. Otherwise make sure that the trolleys will not be swept away by the incoming tide.
8) In good conditions suggest interesting routes for the outing.
9) Monitor the safe return of the crews either by being present at the slipway or by receiving a phone call from one of the crew.
10) If you are present, check that the oars are locked into the boats; check that the boats are properly tied down; all the loose gear is returned to the RAYC garage; look around to check that nothing is left in the compound and that the compound gate is locked shut.