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Fleet Captain's Manual and Job DescriptionSCIRA USA has available to all Fleet Captains a Snipe Fleet Development
and Management Manual on a CD. If you are a Snipe Fleet Captain
and do not have one, please contact Mary Buckley, the SCIRA USA
Executive Administrator, and she will mail you one.
Here is an outline of the important role the Snipe Fleet captain
plays in the Snipe organization.
Your SCIRA USA Fleet Captain’s Manual
As a SCIRA USA Fleet Captain you are responsible for many duties.
Please keep in mind that the success of your fleet depends on your
organizational skills, your ability to delegate and follow up,
and your ability to communicate with your fleet.
SCIRA USA Fleets are not all the same, each one has it’s
own challenges and needs. You will need to try something different
strategies to maintain a healthy active fleet.
Most of all, your fleet members are interested in Serious Sailing,
and Serious Fun. This means that you need to organize quality regattas,
road trips to regattas, and parties on and off the water. SCIRA
USA sailors come in all ages, shapes, and sexes, so keep the entire
fleet and prospect fleet members in mind while organizing these
Now for the basic important stuff:
- You are responsible for making sure all your fleet members
are current SCIRA USA members. SCIRA USA is an organization
that needs these membership dues in order to continue to keep
One Design rules in effect. Without SCIRA USA the Snipe would
disappear as a class and all of our value in the boat would go
with it. Keep
your fleet members current. You can contact the SCIRA USA office
to check the status of all your fleet members. Any fleet member
that shows up to a regatta without a SCIRA sticker on the boat
should be asked to join on line that moment. It is easy to
do. Click here to download membership dues form.
- You are also responsible for all District and Fleet dues
($10.00) for the same reason. SCIRA USA is a great family to
be a part of.
All families need funding to stay healthy. .Registration for
regattas is when you should ask for the SCIRA membership card,
increase the amount of the check. Have the form available and
the envelope to mail, or register them on line right then.
should have a list of all your members, their phone numbers,
addresses, and email addresses.
for a current list – they
can email it to you!
- If you have a big fleet, assign a phone committee to help
contact fleet members about upcoming events. Direct contact is
best way, it is much more personal.
- You will also need a treasurer. This person should help
with the checking, reporting, and the cash flow of your fleet.
- It is a good idea to have some business cards made up. They
should include how to contact you as fleet captain and the SCIRA
USA web page address. This will help you to land new fleet members.
Put our slogan on it “Serious Sailing Serious Fun”®.
- In big fleets you will need a Secretary to help with the
names and addresses. Delegate this to a qualified fleet member.
sure to follow up with that person monthly.
- As fleet captain you will be responsible for all communications.
In large fleets, delegate to an editor that can write newsletters
and keep a calendar of events up to date. A web page is a good
idea, but SCIRA USA has one that you can post to. Make sure
that it is up to date and that your fleet knows where to find
How to succeed in building your fleet
- Enthusiasm. This is a simple word that makes everything
easy. You need to have enthusiasm about what you are doing. When
loose it, it is time to step aside.
- Energy. It takes a lot of energy to go to regattas, write
newsletters, organize regattas, collect dues, and the million
other things the
fleet captain needs to do. You must find the energy and stick
- Fleet Cheerleader. Your fleet needs to be “IN THE FACE” of
all the other classes. Get noticed. Make sure to take part in
multi-class events. Write articles for the club newsletter. Put
ads up in the
club house. If you are too loaded down delegate this job. It
is one of the keys to a successful fleet.
- Teach. Sailors are all out to try to learn more. Even the
best sailor in your fleet wants to learn more and beat the best
in other fleets. Take the time to pass the knowledge on to
the slower, newer sailors in your fleet. Debrief after races,
Hold friendly clinics. Write go fast tips in the news letter.
Train crew and rotate them to the race committee if they are
not on a
boat. Bring a tool box and a smile to the parking lot before
and after each race to help those in need. This will go a long
in making new sailors and slow sailors to feel part of the
SCIRA USA family.
- Party. You must have more than just sailing. Snipe sailors
enjoy Serious Fun. Organize events for the fleet to attend
even when there is no sailing.
- Sail. Serious sailing is also a must. Try to get the best
race committee. Set up crew list. Use the SCIRA rules for conducting
a regatta more times than not. The class has worked hard to
an image of serious sailing. Short courses should be used only
rarely, and the rules of racing should be followed strictly
at all events. Rules seminars are another way to make sure that
fleet is up to snuff.
- Communication. The most important part of a successful fleet
is communication. The fleet captain must oversee all communications.
They must be frequent and accurate. A calendar of events is
vital to this communication. Today the best way to do this is
email. However, there is no substitute for the phone. ALL YOUR
CALENDARS SHOULD BE POSTED TO SNIPE.ORG, SNIPEUS.ORG, & YOUR
LOCAL CLUB CALENDAR. District Governors want to hear from Fleet
Captains. Call them use their experience to solve your local
problem. Send the list of your fleet to the District Governor.
- Successor. Make sure that the Fleet Captain that follows
you is also a spark plug. Nothing can kill a fleet more than
a Fleet Captain that is not enthusiastic! Help the new Fleet
Captain to up and running. Now you know how much work it is.
it be nice if the last Fleet Captain was there with experience
to help you!
Get as many different people in your fleet involved
in something. The whole fleet should be assigned some job
or task at least once
in the year. The best way to make an idea successful is to have
the people implementing it behind it. So accept ideas and let
the person with the idea implement it. Everyone is interested in
their own idea work. There is a certain need for each of your
fleet members to be successful in sailing and in life. Delegate
task to each member at least once a year, no matter how small,
and you will create a fleet that works together. You will add
to the SCIRA USA family.
You can find a great deal of information
on the Snipe Class Web page at www.snipe.org as well as what
going on in the US at
www.snipeus.org . Send a note to the web-master and provide
them with information about your fleet, upcoming regattas, and
that you have promoted the Snipe Class.
The US Sailing Fleet Captain Handbook is a great source of information
and direction. It can be found on the US Sailing web site, and
it has many great ideas to accomplish the above mentioned task
and goals. Set your goals as SCIRA USA Fleet Captain and work at
meeting them. It should be fun, challenging, and rewarding. Thank
you for putting time back into SCIRA USA.