ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION
"...I will do my best..." is one of Scouting's core values. To get the most out of this program, you must make it a priority to attend and participate in the meetings, training and other outings.
Attendance and participation will affect your ability to promote, positively or negatively.
Attendance and active particpation is also a safety issue if you do not have the same information as everyone else. If you miss a meeting, you miss critical information. If you miss a training day, you miss the practical application of the evolution.
For competitive events, this will drag down your whole squad's score, despite others best efforts. It is not fair to the balance of the crew that is working hard, and putting forth their best effort.
Attendance and participation at meetings, outings, work details, fundraising and other activities, and maintenance of dues, is required to maintain membership in good standing. It is tracked, and will be taken into consideration when selecting crew members for future special events, subsidized activities and free cruises, for ongoing membership and consideration at re-charter.
Quarterdeck meetings of the crew's Petty Officers are held the first Thursday of the month, at 1830 hours, for the purpose of reviewing and determining crew activities, operational, planning and budgeting issues. Petty Officers shall attend. Additional Special Meetings may be called by the Skipper, or by the Boatswain with the Skipper's concurrence, as deemed necessary.
Crew meetings are held weekly, on Thursday evenings from 1900 to 2100 hours. The promary purpose of the weekday meeting is for training and to conduct crew business.
Crew members are expected to arrive on time, in proper uniform, and with all necessary materials.
Arrival after the starting time, or leaving early, is disruptive to the operation and may mean you have missed critical information. Either will be recorded as a TARDY, and you will not get full credit for the meeting.
Expect at least one major crew activity or outing, and at least one additional activity to scheduled each month. It may be a day-sail, a competitive event, a yacht race, or other group activity. Often, we will incorporate an on-the-water exercise based on the previous didactic training as a part of the activity. It is expected that crew members attend to get full credit for the training offered.
Other activities, training exercises, fleet maintenance, fundraisers, and family outings, will be scheduled as opportunties present and needs arise.
Competivie events are intended for crew members an youth officers to put into practice the skills and knowledge they have attained thoughout the year, and are a critical component to our program.
- Long Beach Invitational Regatta - March, Long Beach Sea Base
- Ancient Mariner Regatta - Memorial Weekend, Alameda Bay
- SouthWestern Rendezvous - Thanksgiving Weekend, Port Hueneme
Field training experiences we routinely particpate in include:
- Sailing Symposium - October, Marina del Rey Sea Base
Conducted by the San Fernando Valley Yacht Club and WLACC. An excellent experience to sail aboard various vessels and participate in a racing environment.
- Safety at Sea
We have participated in the program at the San Francisco Bay Coast Guard Station. There are others sponsored by the USCG at various sites. There are other specilaized S@S programs offered by various groups and sanctioning bodies, such as the one required for participants in the TransPac Race to Hawaii, in which we were invited to attend.
- Yacht Racing
We will have the opportunity to participate in organized, sanctioned yacht races throughout the year, as either crew members aboard a racing vessel, or as a part of the Race Committee, assisting with timing, scoring and observation activity on the RC vessel.
The maintenance of the vessels and storage facilities is a requirement of all crew members. Maintaning the boat yard is required in order to store our trailerables there, and dock maintenance is necessary at the marina. The vessels require routine maintenance to ensure they are safe, meet USCG and BSA regulations, are ready to operate, and remain available to us when needed. These work details serve to train crew members in mechanical skills, teamwork, organizing tasks, scheduling and budgeting.
Attendance and participation in work details is especially important, and is required to maintain membership in good standing.